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Unread 12-10-2010, 06:50 PM   #301
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My best advice is to always buy the biggest MIG welder you can afford!!! I've been welding for 10 years now and I know from experiance a welder that is too small for the job will only frustrate you!!


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Unread 01-02-2011, 03:32 PM   #302
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I haven't seen it listed here but what do you guys think about the Lincoln Weld Pak 100 HD. I runs on 110v and flux core .035 wire on the DC setting. That is what I have right now and it seems to do ok. I'm starting to wonder if I'm getting enough penetration though after reading through this thread and doing some research.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 03:11 PM   #303
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i dont think the 100 is enough heat. i have a HH140 and sometimes feel underpowered.

really depends on what you're tring to do.... really thin stuff? yea it'll work. 3/16" or thicker? not a chance
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Unread 01-28-2011, 10:23 AM   #304
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I welded with a weld PAC 100 for ten years. It was a great little welder and with the correct prep it would weld 1/4 just fine. 1/4 is it's limit though.
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Unread 02-10-2011, 01:24 PM   #305
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i dont know if its in this thread or not but all i want to know is what size mig welder i need to fab a cage or bumbers and or replacing floor panels and what not
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Unread 02-24-2011, 03:14 PM   #306
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I was looking into welder when I founds this thread, it is an intresting read. I founds this guy at harbor freight the price is right but will it just be a pile of junk? It claims to weld up to 1/2" which is more then I need (at least for now) has anyone tried their stuff?

http://www.harborfreight.com/welding...der-98871.html
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Unread 03-01-2011, 04:46 AM   #307
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I was looking into welder when I founds this thread, it is an intresting read. I founds this guy at harbor freight the price is right but will it just be a pile of junk? It claims to weld up to 1/2" which is more then I need (at least for now) has anyone tried their stuff?

http://www.harborfreight.com/welding...der-98871.html
Everyone says those welders are junk and that person realized that he wasted his money so he trying to get some of his money back to get a better one
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Unread 03-06-2011, 09:48 PM   #308
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So I'm on craigslist searching for a new welder, I run accross a "newer" hobart stickmate lx, ac/dc for a great price. Any info or tips on this welder? I plan on doing my 8.8 swap this spring as well as a new tire carrier for the bumper. Good idea? Should I jump on it?
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Unread 03-11-2011, 09:41 AM   #309
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I picked up a Miller Synchrowave 250 TIG welder a couple of years ago from a gent that was a gunsmith. Clearly for welding such small parts he never really used the higher end of the Amperage available.

I've grabbed a new TIG Torch that allows me to go up to ~275 Amps or so using 1/4" Tungsten. It originally had a home made Cooling Pump with it but that quickly became totally useless, so I upgraded to a proper Miller TIG cooling pump and could not be happier.

I had to have a proper 100 Amp plug installed next to the breaker box in the garage and a 20' cord on my Welder so that I can fully disconnect it when it is not in use.





I know - not many people have a Production Grade welder in their homes, but hey - I do
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Unread 03-31-2011, 02:27 PM   #310
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Need some advice:
The only decent welder in my budget right now is the HH140. the main projects will be unbody stiffeners, HD rocker replacement, body/sheet metal work, and i eventually want to build an 8.8. Will the HH140 be enough to handle the jobs? i will be practicing a lot before attempting any. i havent done any welding since HS.
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Unread 04-08-2011, 06:00 AM   #311
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Need some advice:
The only decent welder in my budget right now is the HH140. the main projects will be unbody stiffeners, HD rocker replacement, body/sheet metal work, and i eventually want to build an 8.8. Will the HH140 be enough to handle the jobs? i will be practicing a lot before attempting any. i havent done any welding since HS.
You should be fine and when you build the 8.8 let me know..you are only a few hours south of me,i've worked in Brunswick a few times at the Paper Mill for an industrial service company.

I have a Lincoln Ranger 8 225 amp machine for stick.
Lincoln 180 ProMig 220v wirefeed
And a Miller Maxstar 200 DX for TIG and Stick.

It'd be better for you come here since i am all setup here but if you have no way of getting it here,maybe i can load up the equipment in my truck and haul the Lincoln ranger behind the truck for power supply or just stick weld them...

Of course there is a hefty fee for all this...

Good conversation,maybe a few beers and a dinner for me and the lil lady of my life..oh yea..and the highest price would be making new freinds with a jeep buddy.

Is that too expensive?...
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You should be fine and when you build the 8.8 let me know..you are only a few hours south of me,i've worked in Brunswick a few times at the Paper Mill for an industrial service company.

I have a Lincoln Ranger 8 225 amp machine for stick.
Lincoln 180 ProMig 220v wirefeed
And a Miller Maxstar 200 DX for TIG and Stick.

It'd be better for you come here since i am all setup here but if you have no way of getting it here,maybe i can load up the equipment in my truck and haul the Lincoln ranger behind the truck for power supply or just stick weld them...

Of course there is a hefty fee for all this...

Good conversation,maybe a few beers and a dinner for me and the lil lady of my life..oh yea..and the highest price would be making new freinds with a jeep buddy.

Is that too expensive?...
That definitely sounds right in my price range! i will for sure let you know. im sure i can load the 8.8 up in the XJ and drive it to you. Beer is on me!

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Let me know at least a week ahead of time and we'll "git r dun"..lol
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I am thinking about buying the HF welders that is like $150 bucks just to learn on, I will use to to build my tube doors and screw around till I get the hang of it.

Would it be a waste of money? or good to learn on? $250 is about my max price I can spend on a welder right now.
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I am thinking about buying the HF welders that is like $150 bucks just to learn on, I will use to to build my tube doors and screw around till I get the hang of it.

Would it be a waste of money? or good to learn on? $250 is about my max price I can spend on a welder right now.
First, I'm not really qualified to answer your question other than I have read alot of the thread and have taken a little community college welding class.

The thread indicates that the Harbor Freight welders are junk. The duty cycles and amperages are really low and that makes it virtually impossible to weld most jeep related projects. They are ideal for light thin ducting or maybe auto body work. My neighbors bought the smallest HF welders and successfully used them to weld up some small tube umpers and racks for their offroad golf carts, but that is about the intended use for those welders.

Hobart, Miller, and Lincoln are trusted brands. I'm looking for a cheap welder also that I can weld motor mounts, spring perches, bumpers and etc with. The 110 amp MIG welders have a lower duty cycle that I can deal with, but you have to get up to the 135-140 amp welders to weld anything that you might need to depend on and then it is iffy. The Handler 187 would probably be ideal for us, but it is some serious coin.

It looks like the most suitable budget welder is going to be something similar to the 225 arc welder. These "crackerjack welders can be found anywhere and everywhere including craigslist for a reasonable ammount. With practice you should be able to weld any and everything on a jeep (besides sheet metal) with one of these.

http://poconos.craigslist.org/tls/2368619820.html
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