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230V MIG Welder Rec?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rcamacho, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. rcamacho

    rcamacho 1/2 ton status

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    I'm looking at a 230V MIG welder for home fabrication. I don't anticipate welding greater than 1/4" milled steel and am trying to keep the $ less than 1000. I'm looking at the Millermatic 175, Lincoln 175 or the Hobart 180. Infinite voltage control appears to have a big cost delta so I'm wondering if it's really worthwhile.
     
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    Use?

    Do you plan on only welding mild steel? What gauge metal on the thin side? Not to sound stupid, but are you a proficent MIG welder?
     
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    I have the Lincoln 175. Cost me somewhere around 700 or 750. I LOVE it. I just need to make a cord so I can get it more then 5 feet from the wall plug. Its great for home hobby work. I've been doing 3/8" plate with it lately. Not to say a slight bit more heat wouldn't be nice, but its getting the job done just fine. Heck the other day I simply butted a piece of 3/8" plate against a piece of 1/4" thick rectangle tube. Laid a bead down each side. I realized I need to tweak it just a little bit so I could fit the leaf springs in place(this was spring hangers). I beat on it with a sledge hammer(full size not mini sledge) and couldn't budge the metal. No doubts in my choice of plate material or welder.
     
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    I have the hobart handler 180. It is great for home fab. Enough adjustment to get it down for body work but still handles the 1/4" stuff in a single pass.

    I got mine from a shop that advertised on Ebay. JW welding or something. 580.00$ with free shiping. Then I went to my local place to get the extras like a new helmet and some .023 wire for body work. My local shop was pretty cool about me buying the machine online as long as I was committed to him for my expendables and gas. Seems to be working out so far. He even installed a smaller linner for me for the thin body work wire for free.
     
  5. rcamacho

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    Proficient welder - no. That's what the rig is for. It's about the same $ to take a class locally vs buy my own rig. Hence, I'd rather just learn by doing and reading.
     
  6. cok5

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    Well as a welder I am gonna put this out there. If you can't weld with a MIG you got no business fooling with a rig, the welder, or even getting out of bed in the AM. It is that simple. I personally have a Hobart Ironman 210, great welder and the SAME thing as a Millermatic 210. You can find them on sale for less than $1K or right at it. Great welder. And just so you know Hobart is made by Miller, just way cheaper.
     
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    ramjet gmc CK5 Staff Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    i have the miller 175 and it is a good unit. It has dun every thing i need it to but i do wish now i did get the bigger welder like a miller 210 it would be so much nicer for the stuff i am trying now

    i got mine from http://www.cyberweld.com/ in stock and when i placed my order online and missmatched my tip and stuff for the welder they called me too ask if that is what i realy need then fixed it --- this is the type of service i like :D
     
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    Thanks. Yeah, I hear MIG is way easier than stick. I did some stick welding when I was 16 a long time ago :)
     
  9. 73k5blazer

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    I have the hobart 175, great welder. Very happy. I too debated about spending for the infinite voltage adjustment, I don't regret what I got, mabey I just don't know what I'm missing.
    And, yes, went to Home depot and bought 20' of some nice flexable oil resistant 2 gauge, because the cord that comes with it is like 2feet long (the ground and wire feed leads are 10 feet).
     
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    Hmmmm :confused: Im a Welder With about 10 Certs. from the AWS and the UA. And working on my welding Inspector certs :rolleyes: If I was you, I would try every machine you can get your hands on first :D I don't care what people say no two machine act the same :laugh: I don't do much mickey wire, Im a TIG type :bow: But you need to find a machine that works for you, what I like may not be the one for you :eek1: But buy the biggest you can for the money :doah: I would try to get to get one from about 175 too a 200 pulse and you will have a machine you can grow Into and will do just about any thing you could ask It to :bow:
     
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    I have the Lincoln 175. It's great for just about everything I want to do with a welder. It is a lot better since I made an extension power cable. That lets me get more than a couple feet from the wall. I don't mind not having the infinitely adjustable voltage. The 5 set voltages (A to E) are good enough. I do like having the infinitely adjustable line speed. Maintenance items are a breeze to swap out. It came with all the gas attachments but I'm running flux core on the heavier stuff I'm welding right now.
     
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    I have the miller 210 got it at boc for like 1100$ and love it true hobart is made buy miller but a lot of stuff in the hobart are plastic unlike the miller
     
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    i have the millermatic 175, its great, we have the lincoln 175 plus at work. it is also a great welder. cant go wrong with either. the hobart is a good one too.
     
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    175 Pro-MIG on the way

    Picked up a pro-mig 175 off ebay. The price was right. Basically a 175T rig.
     
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    I thought the lincoln's were 185's now and that the 175 was the old model?
     
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    I personally have a Miller 140 (115v) that I really like. I have used a few Miller products and they all are damn good machines. I recommend Miller to anybody who asks. They may cost a little more money then the other brands but IMO I would pay the extra money for the Miller.

    Harley
     
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    Miller kicks ass i have 210 its smooth
     
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    I was in Lowes this weekend and they still had 2 of the Lincoln 175s. They were $594.
     
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    Huh... Same price as my store, and you're 2K mi. away. Interesting...

    As of last night, the Lincoln Pro-MIG 175 is still a "stock" item at Lowe's (since it's the one I want, I keep a close eye on it... :D ). The Pro-MIG 135 went "non-stock" a few weeks ago and was replaced by the Pro-MIG 140. $20 more, and looks pretty much identical... :dunno:
     
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    Well at least we know they are being fair with pricing...
     

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