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Old January 19th, 2017, 08:25 PM   #1
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I want a welder, well the one I really want is many many dollars. For most of what I do I think I could get away with an arc welder.

Question is, do I just buy a cheapo from HF or similar, or get an old ass used one. They are about the same price from what I can tell on CL.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 08:27 PM   #2
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I've had a 180 AMP HF for almost 2 years. The first one was DOA, the second has been fine the whole time.

I do have the replacement plan, so I'm going to take it in and exchange it soon.
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I have a 1994 esab mig 250 that's served me very well. Think I paid a G for it 10 yrs ago.
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how much is many many dollars?

What are you actually planning to, and want it to be capable of doing?
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how much is many many dollars?

What are you actually planning to, and want it to be capable of doing?
Like 900 bucks for a mig.

I don't think I'll use it much to justify the cost. I mainly need it for small things like brackets. I currently braize some small brackets, but it's hard to do in the vehicle with an open flame for so long. I also have a few things to fix on the pos LTD I bought so I'll probably need to patch one small spot on the frame. I could also use a welder on the samurai sometimes moving stuff around. I have no plans to weld a cage or do a lot of welding in the short term.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 10:38 PM   #6
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http://www.eastwood.com/mig-welder-1...FQm5wAodEXMD8Q
Get this and a bottle of gas. All you'll ever need, and runs on 110 so no fancy wiring or extension cords needed
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Old January 19th, 2017, 11:15 PM   #7
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I typically go with the name brand makes you the most money back if you want to sell it. call it a cheap rental.
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I traded to get a small lincolin weld pack 140.
Runs on 120v power, so no weird plug needed.
Works well with 3/16s steel. 1/4 would be pushing it, imho.

If you use it once a month or less, a h.f. welder could work.

The eastwood welders are pretty cheap.
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I traded to get a small lincolin weld pack 140.
Runs on 120v power, so no weird plug needed.
Works well with 3/16s steel. 1/4 would be pushing it, imho.

If you use it once a month or less, a h.f. welder could work.

The eastwood welders are pretty cheap.
I don't use my HF welder often. Maybe every couple weeks or so. I Welding lawn crap together, my bumper for my Trailblazer, nuts to stripped bolts, a little stand for powdercoating wheels. Silly stuff.

It works for that, for me. I don't think they sell a 110 model with a dial though. If 110 is a requirement, I think i'd get the Eastwood or a Hobart 140.
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Had a Clarke 110v gasless, and a Campbell Hausfeld 110v gasless converted to gas.

Both were about 100 amp.


Both sucked ballz. Current drop on a 110 welder is ridiculous.

Got a used Dayton 160 amp MIG, basically a rebranded Century for Grainger. Has spot and stitch weld functions. Works great, only paid $200 at a pawn shop because it's ugly.
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I would try to find a deal on a hobart, lincoln or miller.

I have a thermal arc 3 in one at home. (made by victor technologies) http://airgasoutlet.com/products/tacw1003181 super happy with the mig portion. (havent used the other 2 yet)
but its above or around the 900 dollar mark (on sale). But, I wanted to be able to my own aluminum (still havent touched any) My dads lincoln 110 is an awesome welder. its almost 20 years old, and he uses it daily (auto body repair).

I watched the eastwood videos. looks good, but reading the forums people are not happy with the product or the service. even the pre purchase service has seemed poor.
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this would be my vote for you... I would use my military discount. get it for about 475...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lincoln-E...14-1/100670934
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It doesn't have to be 110, if that helps.
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Old January 20th, 2017, 06:43 AM   #14
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I have had my eastwood 135 for 5 years now with 0 issues. Its been a handy little bugger. Less than $600 into my entire setup including the bottle.
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If you can justify spending a few more bucks this might be the unit for you.

https://www.weldingsuppliesfromioc.c...20group%20%231
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I'd go Hobart MIG if I were you. The price is great, especially if you get them on sale at TSC, and you'll be amazed how much you use it. I'd recommend one of the 220V machines so it doesn't become a limiting factor later, but even the Handler 140 is surprisingly capable and sounds more than up to the job you need it for.
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I think you guys have went off track, I'm not looking to spend 1k on a welder right now, but I still could use one and I am considering a stick because of cost and I'm actually more comfortable welding with one.
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I think you guys have went off track, I'm not looking to spend 1k on a welder right now, but I still could use one and I am considering a stick because of cost and I'm actually more comfortable welding with one.
If you're set on stick and want to be a cheapass, get an old lincoln buzzbox from CL. They aren't very expensive and they are reliable.
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http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/tls/5918204795.html

Like this one. Been being used regularly at my family's welding shop since new (probably 40 years old?) Never seen it needing work... and never been cleaned either
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I think you guys have went off track, I'm not looking to spend 1k on a welder right now, but I still could use one and I am considering a stick because of cost and I'm actually more comfortable welding with one.
Meatloaf already posted your answer and I backed it up with a positive real world review.
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