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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default What welder would you recommend?

First off I have never welded before. I just want a welder to learn on and to do basic repairs on my vehicles and around the house. I do not really want to spend more than $200. What type would be best and what brand?
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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #2
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I would at least bump up the dollars to 300 and go for a 125 amp hobart handler. Just my opinion.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #3
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Lincoln 140C, I think that you can get one for the same price or so.
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You can get some pretty good deals on Ebay.

I bought 2 Lincolns, one 175 and one 180 for about $400.

I know that is a little more than your budget but I was just posting it for reference.


The first two responses are good info too.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:56 PM   #5
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stick welder cheep to buy and cheep to use i payed 170 for mine + u can weld 16ga to 1/4 easy cant buy a migwelder that can do that for under 800$ without the co2 tank
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miller miller miller.....
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Old May 6th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #7
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that cheap get hf 190 amp 110 welder
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Old May 6th, 2009, 07:00 PM   #8
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miller miller miller.....
Yes everyone will agree miller is the shit. Now show me a miller mig welder anywhere near $200
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So far my experience with welders are, you get what you pay for...maybe if you only need to use it once or twice get a cheapo, but if you are welding on something now and then spend the money and get something decent, I personally love millers, and I love both of the two that I have had, I have used many millers and they all worked great for me, plus they stand behind there product.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 08:36 PM   #10
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agreed with you get what u pay for.

anything by miller or lincoln are good chioces.

i see hobart has some cheap prices but the only hobarts i have used were 440v monsters
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Hobart is millers cheaper brand my dad and myself have the 140 and have had no issues. The gun itself is miller and the replacement parts are miller part numbers.
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It may be a bit late, but HomeDepot was liquidating their Lincoln welders a while back when Lincoln changed to the more rounded faceplate profiles. As I recall, the 3200 was going for a couple hundred bucks with the gas regulator kit, and it will do single pass 3/16" with flux core easily, and runs on 110v (20A).

Might be worth looking around to see if any HD stores are still liquidating the old models...
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Miller is the best, but a handler is a good second option. hobart welders are basically millers, even some of the componets say miller. you can get a great entry level miller for about 500 and run tubular wire.
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I use a Miller 140 every day at work, it is dragged around on a cart up and down stairs. It takes a beating. The power supplys there sucks, so we have to use the .023 wire, C-25/75-AR gas, but it still does a great job. If you have to run it off much of an extension cord, make sure to use a larger gauge wire, that helps minimize the voltage drop to the welder. Great little welder. The 110v migs are great for being portable, the drawback is if you want to weld heavier Gauge steel 1/4 inch plus, you do not get the pentration like a 220V machine gets.
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Id get aa Arc welder for the money you want to spend. If not then stick to a 110 Mig..it gets the job done but will not weld 1/4 very good. How thick of metals do you plan on welding?
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I have a Lincoln 175HD, it works nice and got it for 519 shipped to my door off of ebay, it was brand new. 185 for a bottle 40 for the gas and 26 for a 10lb spool of wire, and it is off to burning metal
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Id get aa Arc welder for the money you want to spend. If not then stick to a 110 Mig..it gets the job done but will not weld 1/4 very good. How thick of metals do you plan on welding?
I just need to weld a motor mount bracket that snapped, a tailamp on my boat trailer and a couple spots on my exhaust
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heck i could do all that for a fraction of what a welder costs.
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miller xmt 304
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Take a drive

http://detroit.craigslist.org/tls/1167817784.html

Nothing spectactular, but a solid little welder. I used one of these for 6 years, build 4 vehicles with it. Run it with flux core, for better penetration.
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