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Unread 01-22-2011, 01:25 PM   #1
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750 Dollar Welder Budget

I'm looking for some advice from the experts on the forum in this area. I read the whole sticky on welders and feel like I have a better understanding for what I'm looking for however I just wanted to check. I will, in time, be looking to build myself a roll cage a couple years down the road once my welding skills become good enough. In the mean time in looking to build a snowboard rack for the back of my Jeep. Also looking to build some tube fenders. The welders I've had in mind are the Hobart Handler 187 or 210 or a miller comparable to those. Keep in mind the title as I am a college kid and even that much money is painful to spend.

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Unread 01-22-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
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187 for sure. itll cover all that and everything you need im getting mine next week TSC has them for 659
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Unread 01-22-2011, 02:55 PM   #3
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Your on the right track.Its nice to see that youve spent the time to research before asking. Will this include a helmet.gas bottleand gloves or can you spend a few more on those. Stick with a name brand and you wont go wrong.
Congratulations on a purchase that will last a lifetime.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 03:50 PM   #4
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yeah i have set aside some extra money for those things i was wondering if anyone had any experience with the ....i know .... Harbor freight auto darkening helmet ive seen nothing but good reviews from then
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Unread 01-22-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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yeah i have set aside some extra money for those things i was wondering if anyone had any experience with the ....i know .... Harbor freight auto darkening helmet ive seen nothing but good reviews from then
I have had people tell me to buy a high quality auto darkening helmet But I already spent all my money on the welder and take so did not have 300 for a helmet so I got 1 from harbor freight and I have had no issues with it. I love it and dont see the point of spending pore on a helmet now
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Unread 01-22-2011, 07:13 PM   #6
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what are thoughts on the lincoln 180
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Unread 01-22-2011, 07:50 PM   #7
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You cant go wring with that i think it has 4 voltage taps instead of the 7 the 187 has dont quote me on it though
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Unread 01-22-2011, 07:55 PM   #8
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Alot like the miller better. But, I have the lincoln 180 and it has ben a great little welder.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 08:11 PM   #9
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there is a Hobart 175 with gas tank and regulators being sold local for 450 bucks is that pretty much the same as the 187
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Unread 01-22-2011, 10:36 PM   #10
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there is a Hobart 175 with gas tank and regulators being sold local for 450 bucks is that pretty much the same as the 187
I think that was just the previous model. I bought the Lincoln 175 right when the 180 came out and got it for $420 to the door new in the box. I think as long as you stay with a reputable machine, Miller, Hobart, Lincoln you'll be fine and should be able to find something well within your budget.
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yeah i have set aside some extra money for those things i was wondering if anyone had any experience with the ....i know .... Harbor freight auto darkening helmet ive seen nothing but good reviews from then
One of my helmets is the HF solar powered auto darkening. IIRC, it adjusts from 9-13. No complaints so far & I've had it for years.

Its this one: http://www.harborfreight.com/adjusta...met-46092.html
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Unread 01-22-2011, 11:01 PM   #12
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this is a good thread, im looking for a welder too, with a little smaller budget tho lol, i have a 110 chicago electric that you cant use gas with, makes for some cruddy lookin welds sometimes, but i have the auto darkening helmet from harbor freight and i have no complaints, had it for 3 years so far
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Unread 01-22-2011, 11:30 PM   #13
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I got my Hobart 210 for 600 new. Some guy on CL was selling it, so check there first. As long as the machine is in good condition and works go, for it. If the seller "can't hook it up" to show you it works, don't even bother.

As for the HF helmets, I have used one for 3 years and works good. After a few months of solid welding, had to get my bi annual eye exam and Dr said saw no signs of flash, so good there. However....For the past few months, I noticed I was doing pulse welding and I would randomly get some flash. No idea why??? So I have since bought a miller performance series, but keep that one around for guests and friends to use.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 11:32 PM   #14
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i love my millermatic 180. done roll cages, put a whole floor or 14 guage and 3/16 plate in my xj with it ect

amazing machine, have welded 1/4 no issues. you wont touch a whole set up for that price tho.
I think i got the machine, gloves, mask, 1500# argon bottle full, and 2 spools of wire for like 1100 - 1400 somewhere in there i forget now.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 11:44 PM   #15
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If you're a beginner welder GET AN AUTO DARKENING HELMET! The harbor freight one I bought, I had the option of getting a warranty so I spent the extra ten bucks on a 2 year warranty.

Totally worth it.

Gets the job done same as the Snap On one I've used... Smaller viewing area, yes. Ugly with it's blue flames, yes. But it doesn't blind me, and it's not 6293429840209 dollars. Totally worth the money. And it's held up well so far! It's one of the FEW things I would recommend to get from HF.
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