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Unread 11-06-2009, 03:15 AM   #181
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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.
You will not be dissapointed at all,i have it and LOVE it for the price,i just happened to get lucky and get mine brand new for 500.00 shipped to my door.

If ever needing to weld anything thicker,just bevel and run several passes to fill it

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Unread 11-19-2009, 07:12 PM   #182
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I'm looking into getting a welder. I've been cruising craigslist and found a good deal on a Lincoln AC 225 with some rods and a helmet. There is alot of mention of that particular welder on here but not much information (that I've been able to find). I've done some stick and mig welding years ago in an internship I had but not much.
My question is would this be a good occasional use welder for me to learn on welding up to 1/4 inch? Thanks!
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Unread 11-26-2009, 12:04 PM   #183
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I have a little 115volt lincoln flux-cored welder, I have the mig conversion kit on it and I frequently have to switch it back and forth between the flux-cored and mig. While i have it setup for mig it can handle sheet metal very well, but for thick stuff the flux-cored setup doesn't handle the thick stuff, not good enough for me to have complete confidence in something structural or something that would support the weight of the vehicle.

I'm thinking about getting another welder to handle the thick stuff. I'd like to get a 180 or 210 amp mig but I cant afford that (college student). So I'm looking at getting a stick welder for welding spring perches, bumpers, link mounts, frame mounts, etc. Can a stick welder handle tube, like for suspension links? what are some good stick welders that ya'll would recommend?
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Unread 11-26-2009, 12:48 PM   #184
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The lincoln "buzz box" is a pretty good stick welder,can get them at lowes and home depot,just make sure you get the one that is AC/DC,don't get the one that is just AC.
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Unread 11-26-2009, 08:57 PM   #185
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Go mig i am taking a Mig class right now taking tig this spring. Not to much you can not weld with a mig plus less clean up. Sure gas cost money. No gas on stick. The stick has flux around it to act like the shield gas. They have the same setup for gasless mig. You can weld thick stuff with a mig welder but it is hard to weld thin metal with a stick. A friend has asked me to fix issues 4 times now because he went cheap and bought a stick welder to light weight thin metal. Now if your welding 1/2 plates all day buy a stick but for exhaust and the stuff your do go mig. You can buy flux wire and go without gas for now or when working out side. Then go with argon or argon/CO2 for that nice clean weld
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been watching this thread for years and finally broke down and bought a welder. i was originally gonna go cheap but im glad i saved my pennies and got something good(at least according to me). i could only get a 115v because im renting a house and the house does not have 220 at all. even the dryer in the garage is 115v. so based on what ive read on here and other sites along with word of mouth i bought a hobart handler 140. i think it is awesome so far. i picked it up on sale at a local weld shop for $469. just layed some nice beads and i gotta say its a lot better that those little lincoln weldpacks. im very happy with my purchase
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Unread 01-23-2010, 09:26 AM   #187
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I'm looking for a welder. I do not plan on doing any huge projects. Here is one that I found on CL. Just trying to get some input on whether or not I should buy it. Would this be a good welder for a beginner? It looks a little beat up in the picture. So if someone can just tell me about the welder and what type of welding I can do with it.

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Unread 01-23-2010, 09:36 AM   #188
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I'm looking for a welder. I do not plan on doing any huge projects. Here is one that I found on CL. Just trying to get some input on whether or not I should buy it. Would this be a good welder for a beginner? It looks a little beat up in the picture. So if someone can just tell me about the welder and what type of welding I can do with it.

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Great welder, too much money for it used though. You can buy a new one like that at Lowes or Home Depot for $270.00 or so,
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In that case I wont buy it if its only 70 dollars less then a brand new one. Maybe I can talk them down?
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Unread 01-23-2010, 10:13 AM   #190
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Depending on what you plan to do with it, you might want to spend a little more and get a MIG welder instead. It's easier to learn on if you haven't welded before and works a lot better on thin metal.

The problem is that if you plan on welding thicker stuff, you'll have to spend a lot more money to get a MIG welder with enough power.
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Unread 01-23-2010, 10:44 AM   #191
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In that case I wont buy it if its only 70 dollars less then a brand new one. Maybe I can talk them down?
Correct. Other things to consider. The welder age, does he have longer cables on it, does he have up-grade clamps? If he gets to 150 or so and the welder is not real old/used, then jump.

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Depending on what you plan to do with it, you might want to spend a little more and get a MIG welder instead. It's easier to learn on if you haven't welded before and works a lot better on thin metal.

The problem is that if you plan on welding thicker stuff, you'll have to spend a lot more money to get a MIG welder with enough power.
Yes a Mig on gas can weld thinner stuff.
I never understand what makes mig easier to learn on. I think it's what you were raised on.

And cost seems to be an issue with many folks. A really nice 110 volt 140 amp mig is going to run $500.00 with a gas tank. And it has low capacity.

The little Lincoln 225 buzz box has been around since I was a young kid and I'm an old phart now. I have welded with that welder since the late 60's and it is a great platform. Ugly strong welds.
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I just recently got the welder fired back up. Bought a Hobart 125 (not the EZ) about 5 years ago.

For a smallish 110v welder, it's been doing pretty good at welding up to 1/4" with flux. Some of the welds probably aren't the prettiest, but they have survived bend and impact testing. Though I haven't done structural welding with it, I have made bumpers and plated the frame in one spot.

I will probably go a bit bigger with better duty cycle (this being the one point I don't like, more waiting than welding) in the future, but for $300 on sale when I got, it's treated me pretty good.

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very informative..I learned loads of stuff!
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Unread 02-22-2010, 06:43 PM   #194
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I finally broke down and got a welder last week. I was originally going to go cheap(Harbor Freight), but after reading decided to go with a better brand. Then I realized I didn't have a 220 volt socket in the garage. So, I ended up with a Hobart Handler 140. My friend welded some perches on the other day and it did awesome. I think its going to be a good machine for me to learn on. Got it for $479 at Northern Tool. Also got a Auto dimming helmet for $50.
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Unread 02-24-2010, 12:45 PM   #195
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Where is a good parts source for older welders?

I have a Lincoln Idealarc DC-250 with the wirefeed add on, and it is awesome, but it needs a switch that has to do with the change from stick/tig to wire feed. Also would love to have a pedal thing for the tig on it.

Any ideas?
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