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Old 03-06-2013, 06:21 AM   #21
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OP, to stay in a decent price range, you may want to look into a used welder on craigslist. You can usually find decent bigger welders for around 500. That's about the minimum you will spend though. I'm planning to get a welder generator like a miller bobcat, but the cheapest I've seen them is about 2000.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:51 AM   #22
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I've been welding for a lot of years, and only in the past few years have I trusted my welds to hold up to the abuse I put my truck through, get your welder (miller or Lincoln 220V IMO) a good grinder, chop saw, some magnets, a good welding helmet... And start by building a cart to hold all of it, then maybe a welding table, and any other project you can think of that don't have any liability attached to it before building a bumper, when you have good beads with good penitration and you can cut a straight line with a zip disc (harder than it sounds) then start tackling bigger things. Arc welders are great, I learned with one but a 220v 180A+ mig will be a lot easier to use

if i have a place to work on cars with no electrical connections, can these be run off a generator? what generator requirments would i need?

so im clear, the welders youre suggesting are in the $2k range right? Like a Miller 212? I looked at Lincolns site...they make a ton of models which are all around the same price.
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The Miller 211 can be had around 1K
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #25
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I am looking into buying a welding machine so I can make some bumpers and what not for my truck and some friends trucks. What would be a reliable machine that doesn't break the bank? Anything tips or tricks would be helpful too.
I have Hobart 140 (its 110V). Running that from 5000 W Generator and it will easily burn through 1/4 steel like butter. Not many people know that key to welder is power source. Many people spend money on 220V welder than have no place to hook it up.
I went with Hobart + Generator combo so i can move places and have generator that can really handle welds.
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Hobart 187!!! It's a 220 volt machine, I got it off amazon for $600 with free shipping. These things run close to $1K at the welding store. Also Hobart is owned by Miller so you can bet most of the stuff under the hood is Miller these days. I have had mine for 2 years now and run the shit out of it, never let me down!!!
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I had a century , died less than a year, sears exchanged it for my Lincoln 180(?) get the bigger gas cylinder (4 foot tall) 110 is good 220 is better as with all tools don" t go cheap
I just bought an eastwood tw200ac/dc tig ill let you know how that works out
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200 amp and use gas. No 120 volt welder will weld 1/4" properly. A stick welder can be bought for a lot lass money much harder to learn and much harder to master but will weld some pretty thick stuff.
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