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post #1 of 8 Old 09-20-2007, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking into getting a welder for some fab work and stuff. Just wanted to know what everyone here had. what is the best kind and type of welder to get for making fenders, possible frame strech, ect. basically just a good everyday welder that will get the job done, but not cost a fortune.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-20-2007, 07:27 PM
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I have the Hobart 145 Mig. Running it gasless, others will tell you to run gas. I don't recommend it if you're welding outside or somewhere that might be drafty. However, I prefer a stick welder, I feel I have more control over the puddle. Anyway, go with what you're more comfortable with. I just used my MIG to fab up a pulley bracket for a customer's leg press. It needed to hold 400lbs. The little 145 handled it just fine, now the leg press frame flexes, not my bracket. Anyway, good luck. I know I got off topic a little, sorry about that.
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i have been lookin at a MIG for a while....from the research i've done the lincoln 175 MIG seems like the best pic of the bunch. its not too expensive but its a welder that will give you what you need, its also the easiest to learn on if you've never welded before.

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I just bought a Miller 140 with the autoset feature(10 more dollars over regular 140, figured why not) Anyways I have the gas for it and I must say, it is a very very nice welder for the money. Sure 550 dollars is expensive but you get what you pay for. Good luck!
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I bought a Hobart 135 Handler & mix tank some years ago & it did a nice job for a 110V welder. No complaints at all for what it was designed to handle.

May of last year I decided I wanted to step-up my welders capabilities and do some fab work that requires a better overall welder. My choice was a MillerMatic 175 220V MIG & I use a CO2/Argon 25/75 mix tank for shielding gas. I got a great deal on it thru a local Miller distributor - so I couldn't pass it up.
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Originally Posted by Wrangler91
I was looking into getting a welder for some fab work , possible frame strech, ect. but not cost a fortune.
You have some words in there that don't match. Frame stretch and cheap welder. If you want to weld Mig, and most people prefer Mig, then get a 220 volt unit. The Lincoln 175 or Hobart 187 is as small as I would go. So cheap is tossed out the window. The above welders can be had for about $650.00 but you will also need to get a shielding gas tank. I have the Lincoln 140 AMP 110 volt unit, and although it works very well, I'd never trust welding a frame with it. Just not enough heat. I will keep it to weld the thin stuff as it makes some very nice looking welds on 1/8" metal and smaller. But I am getting a stick welder to weld up the heavy stuff. Stick welders are 1/2 the price of a Mig. 1/3 the price if you just go A/C. Most on here don't like stick welding. But it is a very viable option for many.

If you want to stay Mig and your budget can handle it I would suggest a Hobart 187 Handler or 210 Ironman. TSC has good prices on them. If you need to stay with 110 volt units, the Lincoln or Hobart 140 is really a nice welder, but I would leave the frame welding to someone else.

Whatever you do, stick to the name brands. Miller/Hobart/Lincoln. These are proven welders and parts are available everywhere for them.

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If you want to start welding on frames and do it right, you need to invest to begin with. Myself, I have the Millermatic180 ( same as Joe Dillard's only the next generation) Mig 220V with a 60CF C25 Gas bottle. From my Local welding supply, not a major chain, I was out the door for about $950 in the end with everything I just listed plus a cheap $50 mask.

I know for a fact what this machine can do and after using a 110 vs 220 I would feel 10X more confident in the 220 welds on a frame.

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I've welded 1/4" steel a bunch of times with my miller180. Works fine and not even close to the highest setting and full penetration. Works good on 20gauge steel too. I love working with it.
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