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post #16 of 20 Old 03-28-2013, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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eastwood is another decently priced option

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post #17 of 20 Old 03-29-2013, 03:01 PM
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I am stuck between Hobart and Miller, I like the price of the eastwoods, but I have seen too many issues from other reviews that it takes a long time to get issues resolved. The PO of my house had a dedicated 220-50A circuit installed for the hot tub we no longer have. I think I would need to fabricate an extension cord and add an outlet where the wires come out of the breakerbox to make it work anywhere in the garage. So the issue is that I can get a Hobart 190 for $732 or a Millermatic 180 for $867 with a $43 mail-in rebate. So for $92, I get a little better machine with more control. In the end, I would recoop more money if I had to sell it on the used market based on what the CL people are demanding. I learned on Miller 252 and 135, so I think something in between should work for me. I have no desire to shell out that kind of money, but the way the wife upgrades furniture, I think I can swing it. Buy the best machine you can afford, then practice.


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post #18 of 20 Old 03-29-2013, 03:05 PM
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Lincoln, Miller, Hobart....look on craigs list for a used one....if you can't afford new....flux core is ok....But welding with shielding gas is a lot better....Practice practice practice

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post #19 of 20 Old 03-30-2013, 12:37 AM
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Try ESAB, i had one and loved it. Go with bigger welders if you can afford it

My next is going to Miller multimatic because i lake space in my small garage.

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post #20 of 20 Old 03-30-2013, 09:59 AM
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Check Home Depot. I was checking rental prices the other day for some yard work equipment and saw a big sign that said they sell used stuff. I walked around and saw that they rent Lincoln 125 Mig/Flux welders. When I asked the guy about it he said they sell their stuff after about 3 years for 1/3 to 1/2 of the original cost. They had one that is about to hit that mark and he said it would sell for about $170. He took my info and is going to call me when they get the go ahead to sell it. A brand new Lincoln 125 is $420 so I feel like a used one for that price for me, a total beginner that doesn't want to invest serious $$$ from the get go is worth it. Plus, after each use they are tested to ensure everything works and if something doesn't they are fixed before they go back out the door. Seems like its at least worth checking out.

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