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let's just say, for example, that i stumbled across a couple bills and decided to get a welder. what kind/brand should i get? keep in mind i've never done any welding before. i'd also sign up at some welding classes at the same time.

so what do you guys use, and what do you guys drool over welder wise?

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I use a premier power welder for stick welding and a lincoln weldpack for mig or flux cored welding. Your choices depend mostly on the duty cycle (length of time you can weld with out stopping).
 

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I have a miller M185 MIG that i use to weld everything from demo derby cars to my car hauler. Right now I am using it to put new floorboards in my 48 willys. I run 100% argon because I sometimes weld aluminum but you can run the other mixes or even use the flux cored stuff if you want.
 

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Originally posted by ZUK:
<STRONG>this one kicks butt on the trail and small stuff round the house http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/taf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=39443 I have one.....have used it 4 times on the trail so far. Don't leave home without one.</STRONG>
Ditto.

Are you wanting something portable, or just to use at home? Miller 185(?) migs weld very nicely, but run on 220 power. I used one of these for my cage.
 

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Originally posted by YellowCJ:
<STRONG>Ditto.

Are you wanting something portable, or just to use at home? Miller 185(?) migs weld very nicely, but run on 220 power. I used one of these for my cage.</STRONG>
i've heard about the miller 185. isn't that the one that NASCAR uses? if i get a welder (or any shop tool) chances are that it'll be 220v <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

this'll be exclusively for home use.
 

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I picked up lincoln 175 plus for 675 bills and I couldn't be more pleased. My .02 cent would be spend the little extra for the 220 volt and gas setup, especially if you want the versatility to weld just about anything. If portability is your key concern there are many 110 volt/flux core welders that wont break the budget and do a nice job (lincoln sp-100T,Sp-125+ Millermatic 135); however they probably don't put the heat required for fabbing suspension parts or hitches where deep penetration is a must. Everyone has their opinions but most that I have talked to say that Lincolns smaller welders are better and Miller makes better larger welders like the Miller 250. I have heard good things about Hobart as well. How much are you looking to spend?
 

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I've 'heard' nothing but bad about Hobart, but have had nothing but good personal experiences with Hobart. Personally, I've got a Lincoln buzzbox and a Lincoln 125 wire feed. The buzzbox is excellent for all around work (if you can stick weld), but not good for production (low duty cycle). It won't break the budget either, at a meere $350. The wire feed is not quite as strong, but got it on sale very cheap, so I got it. works good on light duty stuff and tacking.

At work, we use the much larger Miller welders, diesel powered and 440V. Very nice, but mainly for production work.
 

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Look in the paper for a used one. I picked up a Milermatic 35 for $500. It is the older version of the 185. It was hardly used. It was one of the best investments I have ever made. I have saved double the cost by having the ability to weld.
 

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Mobi just came out with a new unit. It's a lot smaller than the older one. I think it runs about 500.00 or so. Haven't seen one in action yet.....still waiting........
 

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The millermatic are great but you pay for it. The drive gears are metal instead of plastic like the Lincolns. Alsothey have a better duty cycle. The millermatic 185 is now discontinued and the replacement is a 210 or 215. This is the one I bought a few weeks ago. Its great. I was able to get it on a promotional deal for about 1200. If you can still find a 185 they were going for $900 to get rid of them. They were already gone by the time I got there.
Good luck Mig's the way to go.
 
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