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Old January 24th, 2007, 06:39 PM
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Welding equipment

I have decided at long last to splash out on my own welder. I'm not going cheap either. What brand of welder would you recommend?

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Old January 24th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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I have a Millermatic 250X...has always worked well. Will weld 1/2" plate in one pass at 60% duty cycle, I think...if you have an 80 amp breaker.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 09:21 PM
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Whats your budget? If you cap it, I can probably recommend a few. Once you get up in the super high price range, I don't know if there is a bad one.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 11:25 PM
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I have a miller 210. love it. I would buy the same one again if I had a chance. Second choice would be 251. I have had nothing but good experiences with miller products and I am not easy on them.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 12:28 AM
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I have the Millermatic 175--it has done me proper and it can also travel well and plug into dryer outlets. To do over again, I would get the Miller 210 or 251 with the tig spool attachment for aluminum. Now that I have been MIG welding a few years, I really want a nice tig set up. And a plasma cutter.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 12:59 AM
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Ditto. Unless you're going to get into some larger gauge steel (over 5/16") I wouldn't go with anything bigger than the 175 or 180. It is light and powerful and can even weld aluminum with the optional spool gun. I love mine and have never wished I bought something bigger or different- plus even an amature can make a weld look like frosting.

Oh, FYI if you plan to weld outside (in the wind) go with a stick welder.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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Thanks Guys that is useful info. I was looking at around 200, which I think is around $380, or there abouts. That would be top end price.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 08:08 AM
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Thanks Guys that is useful info. I was looking at around 200, which I think is around $380, or there abouts. That would be top end price.
Okay,

At that price the very best I think you can do is a factory reconditioned hobart 180 mig. You need to get closer to $800 to get into similar lincoln and Miller.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 08:29 AM
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You might also consider a TIG welder instead of a MIG. Prices have come down and Miller makes some nice ones. Opens up the possibility of doing aluminum welding. Learning curve is longer.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 08:40 AM
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To do over again, I would get the Miller 210 or 251 with the tig spool attachment for aluminum. Now that I have been MIG welding a few years, I really want a nice tig set up.
FYI the "spool attachment" is still a MIG gun not TIG
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Old January 27th, 2007, 02:27 PM
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RED!! GO RED!! Ahem... I have a Lincoln 255C, with spool gun attachement. The decision came down to a 12 foot vs. 15 foot MIG gun cable. I've welded with both products, and each are excellent. It's a matter of preference. You won't get either in your price range though.
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Old January 27th, 2007, 07:22 PM
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RED!! GO RED!! Ahem... I have a Lincoln 255C, with spool gun attachement. The decision came down to a 12 foot vs. 15 foot MIG gun cable. I've welded with both products, and each are excellent. It's a matter of preference. You won't get either in your price range though.
How much more expensive would it be? Paul
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Old January 27th, 2007, 09:05 PM
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They were both about ~$1600 to $1700 each. As Rob says though, it will weld just about anything in a single pass though.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 08:15 AM
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Yes, that is pricey, but as you say if it does a good job, the it will be worth the money.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 08:32 AM
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My cousin has been a welder by trade for years. He has recommended the Lincoln 3200HD that Home Depot sells it is the same unit as the Lincoln 135T just cheaper from the Depot. He uses this welder as his portable around the house welder and is very happy with it. i don't know if this will be helpful or make it more confusing. Good Luck

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Old January 28th, 2007, 08:45 AM
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My cousin has been a welder by trade for years. He has recommended the Lincoln 3200HD that Home Depot sells it is the same unit as the Lincoln 135T just cheaper from the Depot. He uses this welder as his portable around the house welder and is very happy with it. i don't know if this will be helpful or make it more confusing. Good Luck

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Thanks for the info Eric, that is useful.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 06:31 PM
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If all I am interested in doing is fabrication of skids and bumpers etc. on my truck, would one of these 3200HD welders be good enough (if using gas)? It says 5/16 with flux-cored wire, but MIG will be thinner. The 175HD says 1/2 with flux core and 3/16 MIG, but that 230V.

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Old January 28th, 2007, 06:57 PM
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Yes a 3200HD will be fine as long as you run it with gas. It is a great little welder. I have a bunch of series LR customers that I have told about them and they have all been very happy with them.

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Old January 29th, 2007, 11:29 AM
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Paul64,

I checked out your website. Very cool way to tie together two passions. Best of luck to you.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 12:20 PM
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