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Old February 5th, 2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Looking to get a small mig welder new or used. It will just be used for small projects 1/4" or less. My garage has a 100amp panel in it now but can upgrade to 200 if needed. What are small decent ones out there and ones to stay away from. Thanks
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Old February 5th, 2010, 06:25 PM   #2
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100 amp will be fine for a 220 volt welder. I have a hobart 187 and love it. Also to let you know Miller owns Horbart welders.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 06:25 PM   #3
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Hobart makes a real nice machine. Any of the name brands are good. Red, blue, grey, esab is ok. you get what you pay for.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 06:31 PM   #4
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Also my hobart has been doing a ton of welding the past few weeks. I had to bring mine in to work for some prototypes. I had our large 480 Lincoln set up with .035 wire, and my hobart set up with .023 wire. So far I have put 5 10lbs spools threw my welder in just 5 weeks, and I still have 2 more months to go. the little thing has held up great and has helped me stay ahead.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 06:44 PM   #5
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i have my little trusty millermatic 140. i love it works great small in size and relieable
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I have a Miller 251. I love the range that it has. Never been a fan of red. We have had them at work before they are ok but everybody always goes for the blue first.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #7
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I run the Lincoln 140 and 180 at home. Never had a issue with either one.
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Imo, the miller xmt 304 inverter is the best welder for the price you can get. Blue = best.


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Hobart makes a real nice machine. Any of the name brands are good. Red, blue, grey, esab is ok. you get what you pay for.
Dont listen to this guy, he was fired from welding and is a propane delivery man now.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:42 AM   #9
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100 amp will be fine for a 220 volt welder. I have a hobart 187 and love it. Also to let you know Miller owns Horbart welders.
This is in the price range I want to spend. How thick have you welded?

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i have my little trusty millermatic 140. i love it works great small in size and relieable
This one also. How thick have you welded?

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I have a Miller 251. I love the range that it has. Never been a fan of red. We have had them at work before they are ok but everybody always goes for the blue first.
Way more then I need, want yes need no. I learned to weld on a machine like this.
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Imo, the miller xmt 304 inverter is the best welder for the price you can get. Blue = best.




Dont listen to this guy, he was fired from welding and is a propane delivery man now.
Nice but more then I want to spend rightnow.
Such love here
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Old February 6th, 2010, 12:31 PM   #10
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This is in the price range I want to spend. How thick have you welded?
I mostly do 1/4in steel, with .035 wire. but I have done a few 1/2in, and it has done vary well.
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