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Unread 04-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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First welder, which one to buy

So I'm wanting to buy a cheap welder to learn on, and I'm looking at 90 amp flux wire welder from harbor freight and the northern tool flux core 125 115v. Which one would be better for a beginner?

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Unread 04-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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Im in the same boat. And haven't heard anything bad about the harbor freight. So I may be getting it this week unless I hear different here.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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I use the 90amp flux core welder from harbor freight and it works great from what ive done with it so far . I think its a great item to start out on then to work up to the nicer welders out there .
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Unread 04-28-2013, 03:06 PM   #4
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I too, have the HF 90 amp. It's a decent welder and will get the job done for the most part.

If you plan to get into welding/fabricating seriously though, I'd say it'd definitely worth saving up a bit and getting an entry level MIG w/ gas.

It will weld much cleaner and nicer than any flux-core.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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What do you think of the Eastman 135amp mig?
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Unread 04-28-2013, 03:12 PM   #6
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Im in the same boat. And haven't heard anything bad about the harbor freight. So I may be getting it this week unless I hear different here.
If you go buy an issue of jeep magazine there's a coupon in it for the welder for $89.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 06:05 PM   #7
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Ya thats another reason im leaning toward that. And harbor freight is only about 20 mins away. Witch does get me in trouble now and again.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 02:03 PM   #8
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With welders you will get what you pay for! The small miller and Lincoln wire feeds word descent on stuff up to 1/8". If you use gas it will make some really nice welds. I have welded with every machine on the market and I finally bought one for my garage and it was the miller stl 150. The reasoning behind this is simply because I can use it for tig and stick and make beautiful strong welds, and I can do this while its plugged into a simple 115 plug. The tig side of it can be intimidating but I'm sure someone close to you would give some direction.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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Well I ended up buying a hf welder last night, hopefully it will be good anuff in till I can buy a lincoln 140.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 08:33 PM   #10
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I bought a Hobart 140 and I love it
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Unread 05-02-2013, 04:41 PM   #11
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I just got a Hobart 190, it is a very nice machine and should do everything I would ever want to do. $649.00 at Tractor Supply, $716.00 with tax. I considered the Longevity 200, at about $50.00 less, but on advice from people here and the welding forums I stuck with one of the big three US made welders. Better to cry once than get a lesser machine that you will very likely have to up grade from in the future. My opinion only, good luck with your decision whatever it will be.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 12:06 PM   #12
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How does it do with thinner metals? 1/16 , 22 gauge, ect
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Unread 07-30-2013, 04:09 PM   #13
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How does it do with thinner metals? 1/16 , 22 gauge, ect
Terrible, it sucks. But I just got a Hobart 190 and man is it sweet!
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Unread 07-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #14
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Just buy a better wire for the harbor freight welded. Like a Lincoln wire. And it works so much better.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 08:24 PM   #15
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Just buy a better wire for the harbor freight welded. Like a Lincoln wire. And it works so much better.
I bough some Hobart wire for it , but I never bothered with it cause I thought it was just a waste of time messing with it when it couldn't even weld what I need to weld.
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