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Old March 7th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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im looking for my first welder. i have 2 good friends that are professional welders to teach me how to use it right. i havent welded since high school metal shop class. im looking for a cheap unit as it will get used mabey 10 times per year tops. ill never see anything thicker than 1/4 inch. whats the minimum size i need(100, 140, 180)? what brands do i avoid (clarke, hobart)?
any other advice will be helpful. looking at used, but new price aint bad on smaller models.

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Old March 8th, 2009, 04:07 PM   #2
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heck get a hf 170 amp dual mig 220v 300 bucks or so add a 20 dollar warrenty and get a brand new welder every time the liner wears out
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Old March 9th, 2009, 04:01 PM   #3
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that could work! thx
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Old March 15th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #4
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going by hf to look at the garbage they have. seen quite a few on ebay, but shipping would hurt the price.

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Old March 15th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #6
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my buddy bought a hobart handler (cant remember model number) for about the same thing you're talking about it has worked great so far, no problems or complaints. his is a 110v mig
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I posted a link, someone selling a 110v hobart on craigslist for $210. Look in the ebay/craigslist forum.
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thx for the hobart advice from both of ya!

hitting hf right now. not buying one today, but gotta see whats available.

i might have a line on a miller180 from a friend of mine fairly cheap. its about 3 years old, but gets used alot. he is a bodyman at a ford dealer. i think its a little overkill for my learning on, but it will take me longer to outgrow it if i ever will.
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Honestly, 99% of people will never really need more than that 180. Snag it if its a good deal.
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Im happy with my Hobart 140, i dont think i will ever grow out of it. If i need something thicker than it can handle i just fire up the ol stick welder. If you can get a good deal on that 180 go for it, if it dosnt look all beat to hell.
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should be around 3 to 4 hundred for the miller 180. im gonna take it if it comes through. its been used daily for a few years in a bodyshop, but works perfect. its mostly used for welding sheet metal, not frames. he is looking for something new. i got dibs when he buys somethign else.

i looked at hf and wow that stuff is cheap!
120amp 230v for 109.99. 160 amp for 289.99
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stay away from the HF welders, stick with a brand name. at a hobyist level they last forever. you'll be buying a new HF one every couple of years.
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stay away from the HF welders, stick with a brand name. at a hobyist level they last forever. you'll be buying a new HF one every couple of years.
im sure you are correct! if i did buy one id get the extended service plan and exchange it every year as a warranty i bet. they are so cheap they are almost disposable!

im hoping the miller im looking at comes through.
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FYI Clarke 180 is a good welder I use one at work alot and even got one for my self they can take the abuce
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i have a clarke 130en and i really like it but i also could use some cash right now pm me if you interested
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