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Old August 8th, 2019, 11:00 AM   #21
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I was going to get some at TSC on Sunday. They were sold out. So, I had to put flex core in and make due. Now I have time to order it if need be. Might use amazon...
I mostly use amazon when I can't get it locally, I have Prime, so most things are 2 day shipping, but I have found a select few things that I can get one day shipping on for free.

I give amazon a lot of shit, but I also order stuff from there all the time. For everything.
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Old August 8th, 2019, 12:36 PM   #22
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i mostly use amazon when i can't get it locally, i have prime, so most things are 2 day shipping, but i have found a select few things that i can get one day shipping on for free.

I give amazon a lot of shit, but i also order stuff from there all the time. For everything.
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I always try local first though.
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Old August 10th, 2019, 08:19 AM   #23
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Damn, going from my $600 idea up to $1,200????

IF there's one way to up a budget, it's to ask for suggestions

I believe I am going to go with the Hobart 210MVP. I like that I can use both 110v and 220v; i'm not going to be running 220v out to our barn, so I will still have to option to use 110v out there.

Going to put up my little lincoln for sale and put that money towards a new welder.
Yeah, I know what you mean.

I looked at Hobarts real hard. Including that one. Its bigger brother the Miller 211 also. Miller 212 which why I don't know why they bother since they make the Multimatic 215. Went back to eyeballing the Miller 141 since it'd technically do most of what I wanted to do except no aluminum. ESABs and Lincolns also. Then I got feature creep and had my eyes set on a Miller 252. But I researched all the sub-$1500 welders first. ESAB 215 and Miller 215 were the best ones I played with. Not worth anywhere near their full retail though.

Harbor Freight and HTP both have OKish welders in the sub-$1000 range. I'd probably try to find a used Miller 211 or 212 or 215 though.

The Hobart 210 has the same garbage drive system that I hated before. Plastic, doesn't like to feed dirty (old) wire, etc. Requires a lot of wire changes to be able to do thin stuff without blowing through instead of a nice infinitely adjustable setup where you can just run .035 all the time. I like autoset because if you're lazy like me and don't spend a lot of time cleaning a repair on a lawnmower deck it will burn through it. But that's my gripe about the cheaper machines.

I'm not a good welder though.

If you're running wire to the barn, at least run 220 wire out there. I can't believe you're going to bother to run power at all and not at least run 10/3 to it. That would get you 6000 watts out there which means you can run a table saw and not dim the lights.
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Miller Welding supply in GR almost always has refurbished Lincoln 180c units for $650, with a full 3 year warranty.

I love mine. But, it's 220v.
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I've had a Hobart handler for almost 20 years now. The largest 120V one they have.
It's done ALOT, and aside from the Duty cycle making me cuss once In awhile, it's done everything I've thrown at it.
I should upgrade to something bigger, but i keep spending that money on other stuff, and, this one really has always done me well.
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If you're running wire to the barn, at least run 220 wire out there. I can't believe you're going to bother to run power at all and not at least run 10/3 to it. That would get you 6000 watts out there which means you can run a table saw and not dim the lights.
I'm not going to run 220v out to the barn. As is my issue already in the garage; I don't want to add any more 220 circuits as i'm limited space on my panel, so I'm going to work with what I have. I don't need 220 in the barn (I say barn, but it's 240 sq ft, not like 30x40 pole barn...etc); and I have will 220 in the garage at the house.


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I could find a small welder like that very handy at times.

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If you are maxing out the one you have, you will likely max out a gas version as well. I also started with the Weldpak, the whole guideadda flatfender was that weldpak on a 100' extension cord and flux core.
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