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Unread 02-12-2015, 07:28 PM   #1
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question on my welder purchase. real quick promise.

Ok I'm looking to purchase my first welder. I've decided on stick welder Because of price and reliability. My question is get a 120v or a 240v. From the specs pages (lincoln) it was they can weld the same thickness. One reason I wanted to go 120 is for mobility. I can just run an extension and weld where ever I want to. Is it worth to have a smaller welder with the added mobility. Or go big and limited mobility?
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Unread 02-12-2015, 07:33 PM   #2
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I got the lincoln 140. Its 120v. It welds pretty nice. Handles 3/16s easy. It could probably do 1/4" if I had to.
Its small cheap and handy!
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Unread 02-12-2015, 07:39 PM   #3
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Why does this lincoln say 1 inch thickness?
http://m.lowes.com/pd/Lincoln-Electr...Welder/4743337
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Unread 02-12-2015, 07:43 PM   #4
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Basically I'm looking to purchase above or the tombstone style
http://m.lowes.com/pd/Lincoln-Electr...Welder/1115275
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i just got a Lincoln 210 mp welder last week. its mig tig and stick.it come mig and stick base unit 1000.you can get tig or aluminum spool gun later. it come 120v or 250v
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240 volt ac/dc Miller. 240 volts is the only way to go.
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If you are going to buy a stick welder, definitely buy a 220 volt one. 90% of your 120 volt are pretty weak cause it is hard to get enough power from 110 volt. I would save up a bit and get a wire welder they are way more versatile.
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Basically I'm looking to purchase above or the tombstone style
http://m.lowes.com/pd/Lincoln-Electr...Welder/1115275
Part of building with steel is knowing the best way to design what you want to build, that can be learned. That welder you are looking at will handle anything you could ask of it and then some. With the right preparation it would join metal over 1" thick.
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If you have 220 power, I would definitely get the more powerful machine. Not having the ability to run higher power is something that you'll probably kick yourself for later. You can always dial it back for thinner materials.

For mobility, I have no clue on that one. I got both of my welders (mig and TIG) with dual voltage, so I can plug it into either 110, or 220. Since I've put 220 in the garage, I've not plugged either of them in to the 110 power. When I bring them elsewhere, I usually have to plug into 110, but it's rare that I bring them elsewhere other than my garage.

If I were in your spot, and you're mostly going to be using it at home, I'd get the 220 machine. If later on you need to be mobile and have to use 110 alot, maybe pick up a cheap 110 machine just for the times you are out?
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I don't see the big deal. You can make an extension cord any length you need to get a 220 machine anywhere you need. Any home has 220. Wiring 220 is easy. Use a 220 and you will never use a 110 again. If money is a problem, wait and save.
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Thanks for inputs. I think I'm gonna get the hobart AC DC stick it'll do what I need it to now. Then save up for a good wire feed after a graduate. And utilizes both.
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Unread 02-15-2015, 07:29 PM   #12
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I recently picked up the Lincoln precision tig. It was def a more expensive machine. But I couldn't be happier. 220. Tig and stick. And it has handled anything I've asked of it so far. The pulse feature is nice if you want to transfer less heat. I picked up some gas lenses for the torch and the set up is great.

My advice is get something you will grow in to and not out of. No sense is trying to sell something a year later because you need more juice or a different machine.

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Unread 02-20-2015, 06:33 PM   #13
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If you are sure you want a stick welder get the AC/DC 240 volt. Look for a used one.

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