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post #136 of 402 Old 03-26-2009, 06:06 PM
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Thanks fatman, I went ahead and bought it, with the exact reasoning you stated!

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post #137 of 402 Old 03-26-2009, 07:29 PM
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I'm interested in learning to weld.


I'm going to take a class this summer. Would this unit be something that would work for a new guy?

It's $50 by the way.
Yeah, if it works. Like said before, you may be tossing $50.00.

The duty cycle is extremely bad on that machine. I'd stick to 3/32 and 1/8" rod as it appears at 130 AMP AC the duty cycle is only 10%. Most rod for the Jeep is 3/32 or 1/8 anyway.

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Already have a lincoln ac/dc 225 stick welder for the heavy stuff. I have been thinking about what I should get next. mig or tig? I want to be able to weld aluminum, sheet metal and Use it to build my roll cage. I borrowed a friends miller 185, 220v mig to do the floorboards in the jeep and it worked well. But I really like the look of a good tig weld. Lets say the budget is 3k which way would you go tig or mig and which machine. Thanks

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post #139 of 402 Old 03-26-2009, 09:20 PM
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miller diversion 165 tig

http://www.millerwelds.com/products/tig/diversion_165/

maybe?
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post #140 of 402 Old 03-28-2009, 05:03 PM
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I recently bought a MillerMatic 180 with the Auto Set feature. It works very well. I have played with it in several of the manual settings and the Auto setting. Auto works as well or better than anything I manually set. I like this welder.

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post #141 of 402 Old 04-22-2009, 03:13 PM
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I recently bought a MillerMatic 180 with the Auto Set feature. It works very well. I have played with it in several of the manual settings and the Auto setting. Auto works as well or better than anything I manually set. I like this welder.

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Yeah, I am thinking I may go a similar route when I buy one finally. I miss the old syncrowave 250 where I used to work.

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post #142 of 402 Old 04-23-2009, 07:59 AM
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OK, I saw this on craigslist, and I want to look into it, but it seems a little fishy. Has anyone seen/used a MATCO welder before? I know they have a great reputation for tools, but I've never heard about their welders.

Here's the link to the ad, the guy doesn't include much info, but $450 seems really low for a 230 Volt MIG.

http://orlando.craigslist.org/tls/1135133166.html

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OK, I saw this on craigslist, and I want to look into it, but it seems a little fishy. Has anyone seen/used a MATCO welder before? I know they have a great reputation for tools, but I've never heard about their welders.

Here's the link to the ad, the guy doesn't include much info, but $450 seems really low for a 230 Volt MIG.

http://orlando.craigslist.org/tls/1135133166.html
I know nothing of their welders.

http://www.matcotools.com/Catalog/to...ype=T&cat=2420

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I'm looking to buy a welder probably this month. I have narrowed down my search to the Millermatic 180 Auto-Set and the Millermatic 211 Auto-Set. I'll be using it to hobby weld. Shop carts, tables, roof-rack, brackets for under-body lights, etc. I don't intend to weld bumpers as the Jeep already has the ones I want. I'm probably buying a welder larger than I initially need, but I'm sure that once I get the hang of it, I will want to start welding larger things. I will most likely be welding together some pipe fence in the future. Just don't want to buy something and then find that it ends up being too small for future projects. I like that the 211 can run on 110 or 220 current. I will need to get someone to install a 220 line. Anyone have any comments on the comparison. Leaning towards the 211, but I hear people speaking highly of the 180.

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I like that the 211 can run on 110 or 220 current.
How many amps does that thing draw on 110V? Seems like it would be an awful lot.
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How many amps does that thing draw on 110V? Seems like it would be an awful lot.
90 amps at 20% duty cycle. 150 amps at 40% on 220. The 180 draws 130 at 30% and it runs on 220.

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post #147 of 402 Old 05-07-2009, 05:14 AM
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How many amps does that thing draw on 110V? Seems like it would be an awful lot.
20 amps with 110V output range: 30 − 140
24.3 amps with 220V output range: 30 − 210

Looks like they built in some safety features.
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20 amps with 110V output range: 30 − 140
24.3 amps with 220V output range: 30 − 210

Looks like they built in some safety features.
Gotcha. So the full rated output is not available on 110V. That makes more sense.
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post #149 of 402 Old 05-11-2009, 02:15 AM
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Ive been looking into doing some custom fab work from home with a basic garage set up. Im pretty new to welding, and still trying to figure out what will work best for me. Learning wont be to difficult for me, as it runs in the family and ill have all the help I need. Im trying to stay away from gas. I would also like to be able to make decent welds with the machine. Ill be doing bumpers, racks, and re-enforcement on the frame. Basically anything I want to weld on the jeep I would like to be ready for. Im looking into the range of $400-$600. Any suggestions? Thanks for the help.
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post #150 of 402 Old 05-18-2009, 05:03 PM
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What do you guys think about the Hobart Handler 187? The local Tractor Supply has em and I know some people down there so I can get a decent discount. I plan using the gas mixture with it. I will be using it for everything from all the welding for my SOA conversion this summer, to boatsides, to tube fenders, trusses and to some sheet metal work. Anyone have this welder and what do ya think?

And all you guys who reccomend Miller, I understand what you are going to say, but Im in college and dont have an unlimited amount of money. Plus we have a Hobart Stickmate here at the house and it has never let us down one bit, so getting another Hobart would be fine.

BTW this would MY first welder and I plan on keeping it for a while, until I get my own place and what not. Thanks

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