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WTB: Mig welder!

Discussion in 'Buy / Sell / Trade - Other' started by SurfInferno, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. Jan 4, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    SurfInferno

    SurfInferno [OP] Dont be stupid, its not smart.

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    Looking to buy a Lincoln 125HD or equivalent, anything that can weld about 1/4in metal.
     
  2. Jan 4, 2011 at 2:08 PM
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    You're gonna have a tough time welding 1/4" in a single pass with any 110v welder. Avoid the big box store version of this welder as it has different innards than if you were to buy from a welding supply house.

    If you're set on 110v, look into the Hobart Handler 140. Nice box, and comes with the regulator and is ready for gas shielding when you're ready to buy a tank.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    sweet thank you for the info, im still just getting into it and not really sure as to what to watch out for.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2011 at 6:50 AM
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    I have a new lincoln. The the one that had the nascar logo. I only used it to do my exhaust system.
     
  5. Jan 8, 2011 at 7:19 AM
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    like someone else said, a 110v mig is going to have a tough time with 1/4 inch material. it can do it but its going to take a few passes.

    ive had almost identical 110v welders, one from lowes and one from home depot that was given to me, both lincolns. the two were made so different inside. the lowes welder had much much better insides and components.

    oh and the home depot welder was given to me because it broke... take it for what its worth. thats my .02
     
  6. Jan 8, 2011 at 7:32 AM
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    AFAIK the rule of thumb is to get a machine 1 step up from the one you think you need. I just invested in a Hobart 187 and can't be happier. From all the research I had done it seemed to be a quality machine with the best bang for the buck. It shares many of the parts its Miller counter part has.

    I had never welded before in my life and with just a few minutes of practice the welds seemed pretty darn strong, of course ugly but still strong.

    For $25 this dvd is a great investment. It shows up close and correctly exposed video of what's going on in the puddle. It's a great head start. You may even want to buy it before you get the welder so it gives you a really good idea of what you are getting into and what equipment is required for what you want to achieve.
    http://www.weldingvideos.com/gmaw.html
     
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    im not going to be welding 1/4in metal very often if ever, and i dont have a ton of money thats why i wanted to go with something cheaper, just to get the practice and have it when i need it. But i do see why it would be better to go bigger.
     
  9. Jan 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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    maybe check craigslist. Tons of people get them and never use them so there are hardly used machines there.
     
  10. Jan 16, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    Won't do you any good but I have a miller 250 mig welder with a broken spool gun, but have all the pieces it needs to be fixed. I'm trying to dump it for $1000.00. Welder is in perfect shape.
     
  11. Jan 16, 2011 at 3:44 PM
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