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Unread 02-07-2011, 05:37 PM   #1
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lincoln weld pac 125 welder?

anyone ever used this. Is it worth getting to do small projects, tabs stuff like that.

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Unread 02-07-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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I have a Lincoln 140C, and its fine for up to 1/4" for 1/4" you need do do some prep for proper penetration (bevel and preheat). A 125 wire feed would be lower than I would want. I don't know how much money your looking at spending, but a new 140 is in the ~500 range, and used 140's and some 180's (lincoln, hobart and miller) can be found on craigslist most places for 300 or less, often with a cart, tank and wire.

So unless the 125 is a steal I would shoot for atleast a 140. And a good used welder should last a long time and be fine, so long as there was nothing wrong with it.
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Unread 02-08-2011, 07:29 AM   #3
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I owned a 125 I got a home depot for 420. I welded a cj / yj warn front bumper to my tj, worked well. Later returned it to get a larger model. Got a 140 (has gas regulator) from ebay for 420 shipped. Not a pro tool, but works well for garage stuff, I plan on making some rock rails and custom bumpers soon.
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Unread 02-08-2011, 08:41 AM   #4
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i too have a 140 and sometimes wish i went bigger.

you say you only want to do small tabs but once you start fabbing you're going to want to do more. i often work with 3/16" and 1/4". a 125 just wont cut it

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Unread 02-14-2011, 01:10 PM   #5
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I agree with the other posters...with a Jeep you'll outgrow the 125 quickly. I just bit the bullet and bought a 180...and glad I did. It might hurt a little initially but it'll hurt more once you sell the smaller unit, lose money and have to now buy what you really wanted in the first place. I fabed a plow frame using 3/8" and had no problems what so ever! It's already paid for itself.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 08:28 PM   #6
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Here’s another vote for a larger amp welder. If you start fabricating you will eventually wish you had a more powerful welder.
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I started with the Weld-Pak 100 in the late '80s and last year I finally moved up to a Millermatic 211. the old Weld-Pak lasted me great all these years, but the MM211 really is much better. it has a real sizzle when burning wire, nice solid crackle and great penetration. (that's what she said)
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Save your money and buy a bigger machine,small welders are a waste of money
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Unread 02-17-2011, 04:16 PM   #9
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I agree with the other posters...with a Jeep you'll outgrow the 125 quickly. I just bit the bullet and bought a 180...and glad I did. It might hurt a little initially but it'll hurt more once you sell the smaller unit, lose money and have to now buy what you really wanted in the first place. I fabed a plow frame using 3/8" and had no problems what so ever! It's already paid for itself.

What Glenn said , I have a 180 as well and it will weld anything I throw at it
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