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Another Welder Question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1-ton, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Which one do you think I should get?

    This Lincoln Model 175 AMPS for $600 (comes with Adjustable gas regulator and hose kit for argon-mixed gases, MIG wire, flux-cored wire, contact tips, handshield, instructional video and adjustable wire spool spindle)

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    Or this Chicago Electric Model 170 AMPS for $460

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    I going to do some welding on my truck.
     
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    Lincoln, good choice.

    Jesse
     
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    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    Lincoln, thats the unit I had before it was stolen last week. Its nice for the home hobbyist.
     
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    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ....... thats all i can say for a real answer:D
     
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    Wait, so how much can the lincoln handle? Could it do frame work (large stuff)? How small? Little nuts, bolts, and sheet metal?

    Also where is it at that cost? I am debating wether to buy a welder or aircompressor before I buy the blazer. Found a belt driven blazer, what I want, also far way, but that lincoln looks like a steel, and I'd like to try to make some of that junk art people pay so much for, maybe make a little :). Made wood stuff that way, metal is just lowering cost and raising profit :)
     
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    Yes it works alright for frame work. I did all the frame work on my s10 with it. Works for sheetmetal as well. I am personally not buying another one. I'm going to get a Lincoln 255 instead. Its better for frame work and could do sheetmetal as well, but it is a $2200 retail welder.
     
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    Find a buddy who works for a company that does business at a welding supply shop on a regular basis and you should be able to get a bit knocked off of it. Could be alot if they are buying alot from them, I usually pay close to wholesale because of the amount of business I do with Airgas and Praxair :D
     
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    Does snapon sell them? We (my old step dad who I am still close with) has about xxxk worth of tools from snapon for his trucking ocmpany, along with plasma cutter (unfortunaley he is too far away now for me to use that) and some other miller i believe welders. Think they'd do anything? Seems snapon is one of the best, but is very strict on pricing.
     
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    Home Depot.

    That was the question I was going to ask.

    Where did they steal it from...your garage...your truck?

    I may hold out for a higher Amp model because I do not want to end up outgrowing the 175 model too fast.
     
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    These still run of 120?

    The aircompressor I found cheap wants 240 or 220 or something like that :(.
     
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    no they are 220 units.

    Out of my garage back home.

    I outgrew the 175, but where I really found I didn't care for it anymore was infiinite adjustments. The 255s we have at school have more power(duh) and infinite adjustments inbetween. As well as a ton of wire speed adjustments. You wouldn't believe how often I change the wire speed from something like 205 to 215 to get the perfect weld bead. Try and do that with 1-10 settings. Don't get me wrong the 175 is a great machine, and more then enough for most folks I'd say, but I have realized its not the machine for me anymore. So the robbery was kind of a blessing in disquise... well I can't say that until we get the insurance check... Like I said I did all the stuff on the S10 with the 175 and it worked very well for it. My dad loved it. But he'll love the 255 more :D
     
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    The Lincoln is the better choice in my opinion...Will weld up to 5/16 inch(w/multiple passes) using flux core wire
     
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    welded 3/8" with mine(multiple passes) more then once. Best for that use? No but it has done it.
     
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    I have a 135 and love it. Sorry to hear your's walked. Who is "baby"? Ruby the hedge hog?

    GMC Graemlin
     
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    1/4 is quite possible, with my 110 135. Just fire up ye ole "cheater" - rose bud :haha:

    GMC Graemlin
     
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    check with sears before you buy


    i just bought a craftsman 33 gallon, 6 hp peak, 6.8scfm @90psi air compressor from them for $299...plus it comes with air hose and a 1/2" impact. a 3/8 air ratchet. and an air chisel and couplings and quick connects..even came with teflon tape to put you quick connects in you tools...and it 100% duty cycle...should run any thing a hobbiest would want to run!
     
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    was that a sale price? and what is duty cycle? is it belt driven?
     
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    I got the Millermatic 135 with the infinite voltage and wire speed adjustments. It's a great 'home' machine. I don't have a proper shop for it so 120 volt was pretty important to me.

    If i need to weld thicker than 1/4" i'll either pre-heat it or take it to work and slaughter it with the 600 amp Hobart. :D

    Rene
     
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    I have the Lincoln SP175. It works great at home.
    Get the SP 175, it has variable speed for the wire & variable heat settings.
    The S175(I think) is cheaper, but it has set points for heat & wire speed.
    Both are 220volt single phase. I run mine off the dryer hookup - just can't weld & do clothes at the same time!! :D
     

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