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Unread 05-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a mig welder for doing frame repairs, body repairs, and some fabrication like bumpers maybe a tire carrier. Any of you guys that weld what welder would you recommend getting? I would like one that runs on 120v. I have been looking at a Lincoln 140 that lowes has. Is a welder that welds up to 3/16 inch thick steel enough for doing what I want to do?

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Unread 05-03-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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Looking to buy a mig welder for doing frame repairs, body repairs, and some fabrication like bumpers maybe a tire carrier. Any of you guys that weld what welder would you recommend getting? I would like one that runs on 120v. I have been looking at a Lincoln 140 that lowes has. Is a welder that welds up to 3/16 inch thick steel enough for doing what I want to do?

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That welder can do up to 5/16 with flux core/multi pass.

Its a good little welder, I think you'll like if for occasional DIY work. Should fit what you describe well.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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I use a little 120v Lincoln Weldmark 135 for around the garage it's great for car work for heavier gauge steel I tack it then finish it with the stick welder.
Get a welding cart too they come in handy.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 02:42 PM   #4
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Unread 05-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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The 120v mig units are good for sheetmetal and light stuff and you can do a lot of great stuff if you're creative and patient. You'll run up against the duty cycle if your pushing its abilities, that's where the patience comes in, lol.. I upgraded to a 220v Miller 180 a few years ago, its great for car fab stuff, if you can swing it its a better machine.
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Unread 05-04-2013, 06:48 AM   #6
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I mostly plan on doing like rust repairs on body parts and frame repairs. Possibly some fab work but nothing too heavy so I think a welder that will do 1/4 to 3/16 steel would be good enough right?
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Unread 05-04-2013, 07:09 AM   #7
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I recently purchased a Millermatic 211. It's a dual voltage unit: 120/240. Comes with a quick change plug which is awesome. It also has auto-set. Basically, you just select wire diameter and thickness of your material and it auto adjusts the voltage and wire speed, very simple operation. It also has the ability to do aluminum with an optional $100 attachment. It can accept the larger spools of wire. It can weld up to 3/8" steel. Having the option of the higher voltage is nice when you do any extended use on a project. It's duty cycle is much better. It's done an 8 point rollcage in my track car. 4 complete exhaust systems. The POS cart that came with the welder, lol. All without a hiccup. A welder is an expensive investment. Buy it once, buy it for life. Just some options to think about! Good with your purchase!


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Unread 05-04-2013, 09:14 AM   #8
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Nice welder, I want a miller multimatic or a lincoln multi weld that does mig, tig and stick maybe some day.
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Unread 05-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #9
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Anyone have any comment in the Harbor Freight welders?

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Unread 05-04-2013, 06:20 PM   #10
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I know I would not buy a harbor freight welder and I am a beginner when it comes to welding.
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Unread 05-04-2013, 06:31 PM   #11
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I have the harbor freight cheap welder and im a beginning. Its welded anything I've tried to welded and have had no problems with it
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Unread 05-04-2013, 06:34 PM   #12
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I have the eastwood welder. Absolutely fantastic and be perfect for what you need. Had mine a year and zero problems and fantastic results.

http://www.eastwood.com/mig-welder-1...5a-output.html

You can buy that and a new 125 cf filled tank of c25 for price of some other major brand welders.

Warranty is great, but doubt i need to ever use it.

I tried the smallest flux harbor freight had, burned through body work sheet metal all the time, so returned.
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Unread 05-04-2013, 07:52 PM   #13
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I have had the Lincoln 140C for about 2 years now and LOVE it. I also have the spool gun for aluminum but not so consistant with that. I have not yet been able to hit the dudy cycle limit. even thow i have not needed or say hit the limit of the 140 i (for me) if the find a good deal on the lincoln 180C i will upgrade. BUT you will be so happy with the 140!!!!
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Unread 05-05-2013, 01:31 AM   #14
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I got the Lincoln 140hd and I have put it through pure heck in the 2 years I've had it. it Great little welder but I just purchased a Miller 211 the difference between the 2 is noticeable amperage being the main for obvious reasons plus auto set which is nice but I like to "tune"my welders for the current job I'm working. When welding thicker metal with the 140 just heat the metal first then weld. This will give you better penetration.
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Unread 05-05-2013, 02:14 AM   #15
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miller or lincoln.

I weld cages, 1/4'' steel 3/16" all the way down to 18 gauge with this and thinner, without issues. Love it.
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