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Wut should i get? welder wise

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5freak44, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    Im 16 and i hate having other ppl do things for me. So i cut out the rust in my floor pans and now i need somehting to weld sheet metal in with. I already know i want a mig. Now i only have 120v cuz ill be running out of my garage. Just exactly what should i get. Ive been told to make sure i have a gas hookup so ive been looking at those. The welder i want to get now is a lincoln 135 mig. I also was looking at a hobart 135 and the hobart 140. I kinda am low on money so i was thinking nothing above $500. TELL ME WHAT TO BUY!!! and if its no trouble can i get some links too. Thanks guys /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    I use a Hobart 135 w/ gas and have been very happy w/ it. Stay away from the Campbell Hausfield crap that you can get off ebay and other discount places.
     
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    What kind of work do you do with it. I was afraid to get a hobart b/c i didnt want to be limited to the 3/16" metal it says it can weld up to. I want something that i can use beyond body work, maby weld in a roll cage eventually, if i get good enough.
     
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    I built my roll cage (and it works... it has been tested!) and my winch mount (out of 3/8's) w/ the 135 and it worked fine. On the 3/8's you just have to turn the heat up and the wire speed down a little and go slow! I also \/'d out the joints, but I would have done that w/ a bigger welder as well.
     
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    If you want to weld a cage in eventually, you will want something bigger than the ones you described.
     
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    well the lincoln i was looking at is capable up to 5/16 with gas so i was thinking that might be a better welder to buy
     
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    okay that will be better /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    ok so i guess ill go with the lincoln evnen tho i like the price on the hobart 135 better. any one know of any deals going on that might save me a buck. otherwise ill get a credit card at lowes so i dont have to pay for it all at once and get 10% off my first purchase (my welder)

    so i can get it for 390.00 w/ the 10% off (lincoln 135)
    or the hobart 135 for 397 w/ the 10% off deal northern does.
    wich is more bang for my bux because bang is good
     
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    Even though the lincoln is more expensive, since it can weld 5/16" instead of 3/16" (like the hobart) it is worth it. I have a Millermatic 135 or something, I paid $1100 with the tanks, 2 helmuts, 2 pairs of gloves, a welding hammer, and some wire. and it can only weld up to 3/16" /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
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    Get the lincoln 135 I have it and it is the bester welder I have used besides the tig, I use co2 for my gas and the welds come out perfect, it welds good both thick and thin metal and I have yet to short the circuit in it, I have welded and good foot and a half and it didnt even phase it, it is a great welder you wont regret buying it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Awsome, thanks for the great info guys
     
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    Sorry for the hijack but what size wire are you running in your miller 135?
     
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    .035" for me
     

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