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Unread 07-02-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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Is this a good welder?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lincoln-E...d#.UdNB0BZ6O0s

need to get my first welder and I think I found this at a good price as long as i wont need a new one in 1 years because of lack of power.

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Unread 07-02-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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That'll be just fine..i've had the same one for about 4 years or so now and never a problem with it..more than enough power for Jeep projects
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That's a good starter welder, I HIGHLY recommend the Hobart 140 welder to all new welders because it has an optional gas hookup but can be run out of a 110v system with no gas. It just gives you a few more options as you start welding more. Can be purchased at tractor supply co. And is not overly priced.
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That's a good starter welder, I HIGHLY recommend the Hobart 140 welder to all new welders because it has an optional gas hookup but can be run out of a 110v system with no gas. It just gives you a few more options as you start welding more. Can be purchased at tractor supply co. And is not overly priced.
110v machines are "OK" at best for beginners..if you've got the money..buy a 220v for more power and no questions if it'll handle anything on a jeep project....

99% of people who start out with 110v machines and continue to weld,buy 220v machines down the road ..220v machines are even easier to learn on than an underpowered 110v machine.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 11:25 PM   #5
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110v machines are "OK" at best for beginners..if you've got the money..buy a 220v for more power and no questions if it'll handle anything on a jeep project....

99% of people who start out with 110v machines and continue to weld,buy 220v machines down the road ..220v machines are even easier to learn on than an underpowered 110v machine.
Yes that is true but not everyone has money to go out and buy a 1500$ millermatic... Your not telling me anything I don't know I got Miller 220v but a 110 is a starting place
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Unread 07-03-2013, 12:00 AM   #6
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I never suggested anyone to spend 1500.00..heck..plenty of of 220v Miller and Lincolns and Hobarts well under 1000.00 in the 180-200 amp class.

If i was planning on spending around the 1500.00 mark..i'd be looking for a 250 or more amp class machine..to be capable of running Spray Transfer..

For the hobbiest around the house and vehicle projects..the compact 220v units 180-200 amps are more than enough..

General rule of thumb..never buy a machine you'll run at its max limit all the time,it'll make a short life of the machine for one,,and most important of all..with a more than sufficeint machine,you'll never worry about if the weld was more than sufficeint ...especialy on suspension and frame work that is safety related...

My point is..buy once..be happy..instead of paying 450.00 or more for a 110v,about a 150.00 more get a 220v....instead of 450.00 and have to sell it for a small price later and spend 600.00-700.00 more later on a 220v...

The Op asked if the 220v he was already "planning" on spending money on was sufficeint enough .....not what a 110v machine will and will not do..
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That machine will be fine for hobbyist level use. There is a difference though between the lowes/home depot machines and the lincoln power mig you'll see at welding shops even though they look very similar. The box store machines have cheaper parts like plastic wire roller frames etc. We have lincoln pro mig 135 at work that has been to hell and back and still runs fine.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 04:18 PM   #8
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Thanks guys! I ended up picking it up from home depot today for a steal of a price! Cant wait to fire it up!
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Good to hear. Have fun!
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That machine will be fine for hobbyist level use. There is a difference though between the lowes/home depot machines and the lincoln power mig you'll see at welding shops even though they look very similar. The box store machines have cheaper parts like plastic wire roller frames etc. We have lincoln pro mig 135 at work that has been to hell and back and still runs fine.
Glad to see there is someone else who knows what they are talking about, kudos!
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Glad to see there is someone else who knows what they are talking about, kudos!
Yes,the plastic drive and the step amp adjustment instead of the continouis..

Just like the FACTS we all got directly from the horses mouth from a Lincoln representitive a while back in another thread

I've beat the snot out of mine for around 4-5 years now,and have yet to have ANY problems with either of those 2 differences...not bad for the 2-300.00 difference in prices and still get the same warranty from Lincoln........
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