I've owned a Lincoln Promig 175 and currently own a Hobart Ironman 230.
I think it's a tossup. I suppose I'd go with the Hobart since that's what I currently have. However, my Hobart hasn't been without it's issues. The bearing that supports the drive motor's shaft walked out of its bore and slide down the shaft.. causing erratic feeding. I surprised to find that the bearing is a light press fit on the shaft, with nothing (snapring, springwasher..etc) to hold it in place. I tapped the bearing back in place and stacked some washers between it and the drive wheel to make sure the bearing stays in place.. no issues since.
Other than that, my Hobart has held up well to about 100lbs of wire a month or so.
For $100, I'd get the spool gun.. especially if you're gonna mess with aluminum.
'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..
You can buy spool guns for aluminum for both machines.
Yes you can weld light sheetlmetal..just switch in some .024 wire and put the correct feed wheel on it for that size wire,you'll need to purchase a gas bottle for the MIG if you start welding light sheetmetal,fluxcore will just burn it up
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