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I am looking at buying a Lincoln Weld Pack 100. It is a 100 amp flux core unit with a 20% duty cycle. Will this be enough to to cages, bumpers etc. It seems to be the best choice in my $300 price limit. Any feedback will be helpful. TIA.:)
 

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For the price limit of 300 thats about your best deal, I had one it worked fine for what it was, just don't try to do the big stuff...
 

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For the price limit of 300 thats about your best deal, I had one it worked fine for what it was, just don't try to do the big stuff...
What do you classify as big stuff?
 

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IMO i would save up for a bigger welder (i.e. a Hobart 175 or bigger) to do cages and bumpers. Or if you are looking for something cheap then get a good stick welder and practice, practice, practice! (YES! It is possible to have a good weld if you use a stick welder! :D ) That is my $0.02 worth.

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Elaborate.
It's too small for 75% of the fab work on a truck. You will quickly out grow it and be frustrated that you spent the money on it. If your set on a tiny welder get your weld pac 100 used:

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Or eat poorly and have no :beer: for a month and get a 130 at least it will cover about 60% of what you will need.
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In general 110V welders just don't cut it!
 

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If you turn it up all the way to weld 1/4 inch it will bog down, big time. Its kind of like running 44s with 3:73s Just not enough power. My .02 Spend a few more $$ and get a bigger one.


Old Scout said it better......
 

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It's too small for 75% of the fab work on a truck. You will quickly out grow it and be frustrated that you spent the money on it. If your set on a tiny welder get your weld pac 100 used:



I totally agree with this...you need at least 135 amps to do the kind of work your wanting.

I use the ESAB MigMaster 251 that puts out 300 amps MIG and wouldn't trust anything under 175 for the kinda abuse these trucks go thru...save your money or look around town and fine some welding shops..I got the one I have for 1300 bucks in the box brand spankin' new.

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In general 110V welders just don't cut it!
That's one of my problems. I am in a rental that is wired for 110. I could get a 220v but it would do me no good if I can't plug it in.
 

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my brother has a century 150 it's 110(i have the same unit) he has welded 1/4" with it he says the only down side is the duty cycle you have to wait to weld while doing thicker plate but while waiting you can grind your welds, drink beer or set up the next weld you can see this unit at grizzly
 

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I have been using one of that exact machines for over a year on everything up through 3/16" and it works great. For anything bigger than that I use a miller classic that is 210 amps or a migmaster like mentioned above. My favorite is the migmaster by esab because of its duty cycle.
 

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There is no way I would trust a rollbar welded with that. Weld up bullet holes or weld exhaust with it but not bumpers or rollbars. 135 is the minimum but 150 would be better.
 

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I had a 100 and a 155.... now that I got a miller 210 I will never understand why I wasted my money on the little ones...

3/16" was pushing it for good penetration.... as far as roll cage fab you would be asking for trouble..

BTW. it took me about 15 min to install a 240v outlet pigtailed out of my fuse box.
 

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I had a 100 and a 155.... now that I got a miller 210 I will never understand why I wasted my money on the little ones...

3/16" was pushing it for good penetration.... as far as roll cage fab you would be asking for trouble..

BTW. it took me about 15 min to install a 240v outlet pigtailed out of my fuse box.
Maybe I will look around for a used one in the 150 amp range.

As far as the outlet goes, the garages are side by side in the alley. I don't even know where the fuse box for them is, but it is not in mine.
 

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Do you have a dryer outlet? Is it anywhere near the shop? if so make an adapter and run an big ass cord from there to the shop.. My Miller runs on a 25 foot cord..
 

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Do you have a dryer outlet? Is it anywhere near the shop? if so make an adapter and run an big ass cord from there to the shop.. My Miller runs on a 25 foot cord..
Nope, I live in a 4-plex. The garages are under the neighbors place and there is no 220 there. I would need 100 ft of cord to run it off my dryer.
 

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Nope, I live in a 4-plex. The garages are under the neighbors place and there is no 220 there. I would need 100 ft of cord to run it off my dryer.
Damn dude... I am trying here.. :(
 

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Save your money @ get a miller 135,better than a century orcraftsman pro 150 amp. Save money on some of your other tools,but not on your welder spend alittle xtra cash on that for sure.I have amiller175 rated at 1/4 " single pass heck damm near blow holes in1/4 ,So ibet the miller135 rated at3/16 single pass will also damm near blow holes in that.Get a miller @ be pround when it doesnt let you down.Randy85truck gears lockers hysteer jackball
 

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Damn dude... I am trying here.. :(
My other option is to have my dad put a 220 in his garage and leave it there.
 
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