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Unread 06-17-2009, 10:53 PM   #166
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I have the opportunity to buy a Lincoln 180hd welder slightly used for $450. What do you guys think? I can't see myself ever needing to weld over 5/16". Mostly need for around the house and jeep projects.

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Unread 07-10-2009, 05:18 PM   #167
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if you think thicker material might be an issue for your welder try a 45 on the ends you want joined
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Unread 07-21-2009, 08:31 PM   #168
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I have a hobart handler 140 It says that it will do 1/4 but I have gone up to 3/8ths with .035 wire, and all the way up 1/2 with acetelene preheat. My Dad is a pro iron worker and he id the one that taught me the tricks. The key is let it get hot enough to take.
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Unread 08-28-2009, 08:59 PM   #169
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Gosh I miss my old Hobart. When I lived on the farm we had 3 phase power and had a 460 amp combo unit for mig and stick. Being able to Arc gouge was a nice asset also. Well anyways I am looking at a Hobart 210 handler for $730 w/free shipping. It is factory reconditioned so should be good to go.

One thing I have not seen mentioned here for good strong welds is proper fitment. Hard to be strong when you are filling large gaps. Fit it tight and weld it hot always kept things together down on the farm!
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Unread 09-19-2009, 12:05 AM   #170
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I bought the millermatic 212. It's a great welder and can handle anything from sheet metal for body work up to 3/8 inch. It's way easier to use than the old stick welders I learned on in H.S. shop class. If you're looking for something to use on cars or misc. metal fabrication you can't go wrong with it.
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Unread 09-24-2009, 12:36 PM   #171
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Getting ready to just go ahead and pull the trigger on a Millermatic 180 w/ Autoset. Been looking around for a while trying to decide what welder I should go with. Decided Miller, and wasnt sure between the 140 or 180 (due to money reasons) and said screw it, I want the biggest one I can afford. Anyone have the 180 and like it?



I know many do, just wanna hear how much you like it haha
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Unread 10-13-2009, 05:41 PM   #172
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Finally upgraded from a Lincoln 100 to a Hobart 187. No more barrowing a welder any more for thicker stuff!
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Gosh I miss my old Hobart. When I lived on the farm we had 3 phase power and had a 460 amp combo unit for mig and stick. Being able to Arc gouge was a nice asset also. Well anyways I am looking at a Hobart 210 handler for $730 w/free shipping. It is factory reconditioned so should be good to go.

One thing I have not seen mentioned here for good strong welds is proper fitment. Hard to be strong when you are filling large gaps. Fit it tight and weld it hot always kept things together down on the farm!
Actualy a bevel and about an 1/8th inch gap is ideal for 100% penetration and fill
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Unread 10-16-2009, 09:16 AM   #174
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I'm looking at buying an oxy/acetelyne outfit. Medium duty should be fine. What are your suggestions regarding brand/style and where is the best place to buy? Thanks!
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Unread 10-16-2009, 03:50 PM   #175
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I'm looking at buying an oxy/acetelyne outfit. Medium duty should be fine. What are your suggestions regarding brand/style and where is the best place to buy? Thanks!
Victor makes quite possibly the best product when it comes to O/A setups.

A few brands would be-

Victor
Radnor(Airgas "house" brand)
Proweld( available @ Northern)

Just to name a few. Personally when I buy my O/A rig it'll be a Victor setup

Both Victor and Radnor are available @ any AIRGAS store(Idk bout your area, but the ones here right now are having sales on their victor cutting outfits), Also check your local LWS, they'd be able to help you with the best setup
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Unread 10-20-2009, 04:28 PM   #176
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I am looking to purchase a Hobart Stickmate 205 AC. I'd like to be able to weld 1/4" for frame work, bumpers, and other armor. This should do a good job for that right? It is rated at 3/8" weld thickness. How thin of a material could I weld with it though?
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Unread 10-20-2009, 06:23 PM   #177
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I am looking to purchase a Hobart Stickmate 205 AC. I'd like to be able to weld 1/4" for frame work, bumpers, and other armor. This should do a good job for that right? It is rated at 3/8" weld thickness. How thin of a material could I weld with it though?
Duck Soup. You can weld most all your 1/4" stuff single pass. What rod are you using?
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Unread 10-20-2009, 09:11 PM   #178
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I'm rather new to this, what size should I use? Do I need different rod for 1/8", 3/16", 1/4"?

Is that specific welder a good pick for what I want though Bob? To have that strength at a price of $350 it seems perfect. Thanks for the help throughout this thread by the way, you've been a major help.

Just a curious side question, would that welder be able to weld sheet metal? I don't plan on doing that but I am just wondering.
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Unread 11-04-2009, 11:30 AM   #179
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hobart 140 for the win its 120v and will weld everything you need i love mine and have successfully fabed many parts
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Unread 11-04-2009, 01:52 PM   #180
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I'm rather new to this, what size should I use? Do I need different rod for 1/8", 3/16", 1/4"?

Is that specific welder a good pick for what I want though Bob? To have that strength at a price of $350 it seems perfect. Thanks for the help throughout this thread by the way, you've been a major help.

Just a curious side question, would that welder be able to weld sheet metal? I don't plan on doing that but I am just wondering.
Sorry, just saw this.

The 3/32, 1/8, and 1/4 are rod sizes. You want 3/32" and some 1/8".

Your welder is a AC only "buzz" box. Get the 7018AC (make sure it says AC on it) and also get some 6011 rod. The 6011 is a great all around rod that penetrates good. The 7018AC has a better looking weld and a stronger bead, but it does not penetrate like the 6011.

And yes, with some practice you can weld sheet metal. Once you get thinner than 16 gauge it gets hard though.
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