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post #1 of 14 Old 05-02-2017, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking to get an entry level welder. I don't have 220 in my pole barn so will be just looking at 110 models.

I was thinking about the Lincoln handy mig I think it is called runs about $350 new. Can run gas or gas less.

I found a craftsman mig welder with the tank on Craigslist and they are asking $$250 for the set up.

The Lincoln seems to have good reviews anybody have any thoughts?

Also how much does a tank usually cost?

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-02-2017, 09:58 PM
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Also look at Hobart. Buy the tank outright, don't rent it. A bottle will run you anywhere from like $150 for a 40CF up to $250 for an 80CF to buy including the first fill. Just depends how much u plan to weld and how many trips you want to make to the gas store. 20CF will last you about an hour+ of weld time depending on your flow rate.

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-03-2017, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, will check out the Hobarts. Any one have any experience with a sears?
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-03-2017, 08:45 PM
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I would look at one of the slightly larger 120/240 dual voltage machines. I'm 8 years in with my MM211... started out with only 120v, but now I have 240v in my shop.

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+1 on the Hobart, its nice having both 110 and 220 in one unit JIC you get an outlet later down the road.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-05-2017, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. What price range would a decent MIG with both the 110 and 220 capacity be in?
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-05-2017, 12:54 PM
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Friend just bought The hobart 210MVP and really likes it ~$800


my Lincoln 110 almost cost that 10 years ago.
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Hobart 210 MVP is a great entry level machine, have it, love it wish I had bought it sooner. Bought the HF 90amp flux to get into welding which was cool to get started but in the end a waste of money. Get the MVP, get a tank, get 220 in your garage/workshop in that order. I thought flux was good until I went to gas/solid wire, it does make a big difference. Going 110 to 220 was also a big step but glad I did. I can weld at home and at a friends house if required with the MVP. Do it right, do it once.
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Hobart 210 MVP is a great entry level machine, have it, love it wish I had bought it sooner. Bought the HF 90amp flux to get into welding which was cool to get started but in the end a waste of money. Get the MVP, get a tank, get 220 in your garage/workshop in that order. I thought flux was good until I went to gas/solid wire, it does make a big difference. Going 110 to 220 was also a big step but glad I did. I can weld at home and at a friends house if required with the MVP. Do it right, do it once.
I second this as well. I bought my 1st welder this year, and after much research I too chose the Hobart 210MVP.

Great machine to start with, and the Lincoln and miller comparable are a few hundred more price wise. I paid $850 f/TSC.

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I have a lincoln weld pak 100hd and a hobart handler 190. I find myself using the lincoln a lot more. No bottle to fuss with, i have 110 outlets all over my garage and only 2 220 outlets, and i have a super heavy extension cord for the 110 that i can run out to the driveway if need be. The only time i really use the hobart is if im working with .250" or thicker.
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I would say if you get a welder now and plan to do a lot, get one with 110/220 power. If you get into it you may want to up the power. I just got an esab cadymig and that thing is a work of art!
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post #12 of 14 Old 08-27-2017, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input. Still saving up some money to get one. I like all the feedback I have looked a little more and there are a lot of options. I am also suprised on how expensive they can get.
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post #13 of 14 Old 09-27-2017, 11:52 AM
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I have had the Lincoln Handy mig a couple years now and have used it a lot on my jeep with no problems. I bought the bottle with 75/25. I'm not sure it will run the larger wire spool though. I was told the drive motor might not handle the added weight.
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I am looking to get an entry level welder. I don't have 220 in my pole barn so will be just looking at 110 models.

I was thinking about the Lincoln handy mig I think it is called runs about $350 new. Can run gas or gas less.

I found a craftsman mig welder with the tank on Craigslist and they are asking $$250 for the set up.

The Lincoln seems to have good reviews anybody have any thoughts?

Also how much does a tank usually cost?

Thanks.
I put 220 in my pole barn, I am no electrician . All you need is a different circuit breaker, wire and plug. I just googled. It really isn't much harder to install 220 then it is to tie your shoes.



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