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Unread 05-27-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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Buying a good welder for cheap.

Hello all,
I know this has probably been asked before but i would like to know if anyone can give insight on the Lincoln Handyman like this.

I have a budget of 300$ or less. I

I want to be able to build a bump, roof rack and work on my frame if need be.

I am interested in this one as well.

Please help.

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Unread 05-27-2014, 09:48 PM   #2
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The 110 units are ok for light occasional use but waiting a little while until you can afford a better machine is a good idea. I have both a Hobart 140 (110) and Lincoln SP175+ (220). There is no comparison between the capabilities of the two machines. If you don't have 220 power available, go for the biggest 110 machine you can get. Hobart, Miller, and Lincoln will all serve you well.
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I agree. You can't go wrong with a Lincoln, but this is a flux core only setup. You can weld bodywork but your bumpers are out of the question unless you only plan to use 1/8" steel. And your welds will be messy with splatter. Save some more coin and get a larger Lincoln that can use gas. I bought a Northern welder for $370 and it worked great on all my body metal work but for a 135 it's pushing it with 3/16" metal (it claims 1/4" with flux core .035). I wish I'd have gone bigger. But someday...
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Unread 05-30-2014, 04:40 AM   #4
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Craigslist is your friend...$300 will easily get you into a Lincoln 140a MIG, if you do your due diligence. I picked up a like new Lincoln 140a MIG a few years back of CL for $200, all I had to do was drive an hour to pick it up. Of course, you'll have to factor in the cost of a tank of 75/25 for shielding, but its well worth it in the long run. Flux core has its place, but MIG will require much less cleanup after you're finished.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 08:44 AM   #5
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Picked this up.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 03:37 PM   #6
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Congrats, now get out there and start welding!
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I have that same Lincoln mig kit. Went to a local welding supply and 'bought' about a foot and a half high cylinder of welding gas (you've got the right tool, so just skip flux core altogether) so that it's way easy to move around and store. I bought thinner wire as well - thinner than comes in that kit, but I was welding thin tubing that needed the lighter touch / less heat of the thinner wire.

Also went to Harbor freight to buy welder's pliers (you use them a lot to snip off the end of the wire to have a fresh start) and one of their auto-darkening helmets for cheap.

PM me if you have any questions about it. I'm no expert, but I have this one running fine.
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Unread 07-11-2014, 07:48 AM   #8
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Picked this up.
I bought this guy's much older brother as my first wire feed. Retired it almost as fast. The lack of any fine tuning to the arc makes welding much harder than it needs to be. It got the job done, but running any sort of bead was just slogging. I got cleaner work done with an AC stick. With mine, the stinger wasn't turned off by the trigger ... only the wire feed. Made for a few nasty surprises.
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Craigslist is your friend....got my miller 251 with 5 bottles 2 electric masks, 35lbs of wire $600 had 15 hours of use....specialty projects company had for if they needed to go to a store and fix a unit....
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Craigslist is your friend....got my miller 251 with 5 bottles 2 electric masks, 35lbs of wire $600 had 15 hours of use....specialty projects company had for if they needed to go to a store and fix a unit....
Jesus that's a steal.
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Craigslist is your friend....got my miller 251 with 5 bottles 2 electric masks, 35lbs of wire $600 had 15 hours of use....specialty projects company had for if they needed to go to a store and fix a unit....
Man, I never find deals like that, LOL I always just fine people trying to sell junk for way more than it's worth.
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That is a steal! My millermatic 220 with a bottle, new spool of wire, auto-helmet, gloves, misc clamps/magnets was $1000 on CL. I ended up needing a gun which was another $200. But man, do I love having 220 power! I haven't needed the highest setting yet which is nice too to know that I have more power if I need it.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 02:26 PM   #13
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Dont forget you need gas too.
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