May 14, 2007I'm looking to add a welder to my "inventory" I have basic (read novice) welding skills but want to learn more and do some fabricating. What do you guys/gals use and do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
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May 14, 2007For any heavy metal I use my Linclon 225 AC/DC cracker box stick welder. For thinner metal and some body work I use my Linclon SP 175T wire welder. If the metal is extra thin, pron to heat warpage or I need a precise bead I use my Linclon Tig 185. And every once in a while I have to dig out the old Oxy/Acet tourch and braze the part.
If your goung to just be welding around the house and want an easy to use machine get a 120vac wire welder, 220vac if you have a plug available. I like to use Argon/CO2 sheilding gas rather than a flux core wire but both work fine, you just have more cleanup with flux coated. Be sure to watch the duty cycle of the machine. One with 30% or higher is great but for home use one with 20% will work fine. I wouldn't go any lower than 20% though.
May 21, 2007Here's what looks to be a nice welder, may be worth the drive if you can get it cheap enough
May 21, 2007Lincoln or Miller will never let you down...but a decent weekend welder would probably go for a Hobart.
May 21, 2007Hobart used to be a great brand.. we have a 12 year old Mig at the shop.. still welds great!
LIncoln 115v Mig with the Gas shielding..not the flux core crap
February 16, 2008Miller carries a 150 amp stick and tig welding combo . Can run on 120 volt household current. Google Miller Welding to find specs.
Other alternative is a miller passport mig machine.Thes are top of the line
February 22, 2008Like Bigreen said Lincoln or Miller are great welders. I have both and love them.
Too bad you don't live closer to me 'cause i have a Lincon that i don't use anymore that i may let go.
The Red Lincoln is what i am talking about.
February 22, 2008I agree, both Lincoln and Miller are good brands but I don't have any experience with Hobart. If your new to welding I would get a decent MIG welder and use a sheilding gas instead of the flux core. They are very easy to use and with a little practice you can run perfect beads.
March 28, 2008i have a hobart ironman 250 mig. love it and it does more than they say it can do.
April 2, 2008I bought a small century 120vac wire feed welder for light work. What a piece of crap. I've barely even used the thing and the gun is destroyed, now its useless. It was set up for flux core wire, but I bought the sheilding gas converion kit. I didnt like the flux core to much clean up time afterwards. I have a miller wire feed at work that is great!!!! never had a problem and I can weld anything with it. I highly recommend miller. Also look at the duty cycle. My century is 20%. When it actually worked I could only use it for a very short perior od time before I had to stop and give the machine a break. The miller at work is 100% duty cylce, I have welded (2) 8' pieces of 1/2" plate together and never had to stop. The higher the duty cycle, the longer you can use it without break.