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Lets Talk Welders...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RustBuket, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. RustBuket

    RustBuket 1/2 ton status

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    So last fall I bought a little lincoln (like 80amps or something...up to 1/8th") to learn on. Its served its purpose. I've welded up a rear bumper and a few other little projects and I think I've got a general feel of it. I'm just sittin here thinking about this coming spring and wondering about what my next welder should be? Well it can't be 220v because I don't want to have to get my rents garage rewired, and I like it portable. I was cruisin ebay and came across this: link What do you guys think of these? Can they weld thin like body without too much warpage because my little welder doesn't have enough settings to go low enough for body...(can you say mega WARP!!!) And they definately go high in penetration and have flux core/gas capability. Give me your oppions on this welder and suggestions on other brands/models that are fairly inexpensive. /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Hobart 140.

    I have the 135 and it has done everything I've asked it to do, including weld 1" plate with multiple passes and flux core wire.

    I thought I wanted the 175/180 which is 220, but I'm glad I got the 135 because I got a great deal on it, and the portability fo 110v can't be beat.

    Someone borrowed it at a local 4x4 jamboree and welded their link mount back on the frame after they tore it off. They used a generator and did it right in the pits.
     
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    Cool, alright I'll keep the Hobart in mind. Anyone with oppions on the "Ready Welder" ?? I'm interested.
     
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    It looks like it is a spool gun to me /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
    If it is you are still going to be limited by the output of your power supply /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
    It may be good for alum. and stainless with an existing mild steel mig welder
    just a couple of quick thoughts /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I have the Hobart 135 w/ the gas bottle. It works GREAT... I have used it to weld lots of little stuff, built my entire cage w/ it, and built my winch mount out of 3/8" plate. The 110V welders cost about a 1/4 of a good 220V welder and will do most of what the average back yard mechanic needs.
    If you do decide to go w/ a welder that is 220V then there is only 1 name in my book...ESAB!
     
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    The gun says its good from 22 gauge to 3/4" steel if you read the specs.... Thats what I'm interested!! With that kind of versatility, it'd be AWESOME to have around.
     
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    Nobody knows about these things??? I'm also wondering about how long a batt might last.
     
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    I think youd be better off getting a welder, instead of a spool gun. Dont get anyhitng with "Weld Pack" on it, its junk. A Lincoln SP 135, or 175. I must say, a 110 will work OK for the small stuff. I just used my buddies Lincoln and GEEZE. Id used it before, but it was a real PIECE OF CRAPOLA the otherday. Its 110, I cant wait to get me a real welder.
     
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    I went with a Lincoln on the recomendation of a fabricator.... Plus they are made in Cleveland, OH which isn't far from me. The model I got is a Pro Mig 135 and have been very happy with it.
     
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    I have a clark weld 130 EN it works great with flux, then I bought a bottle and it works even better, I think it costs less then a hobart, but it only has 4 pre-set heat settings but infinate wire speed. It really works good. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I totally agree I'm running the same welder and it hasn't let me down! /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif
     
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    I have a "MILLERMATIC 251
    Welds material from 22 gauge to 1/2 in thick in a single pass. Perfect for metal fabrication, maintenance and repair, farms and ranches."

    Little more money but worth it
     
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    Alright, so that spool gun is just crappo then?
     

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