My first welder was a $400 lincoln electric 100hd from the home depot and I was able to do all the fabricating I could think of with it. I even built a frame for a chopper using it that I rode for 7 years with no sign of failing welds. I always used the shielded wire, but I also didn't weld any thin sheet metal. For the average jeep owner and small fabrication jobs you should be fine with a small 110v welder.
I gotta say, it's pretty tough to go wrong with a lincoln ac 225. It will weld anything on a Jeep (except bodywork) and they are dirt cheap everywhere. I used one at my father-in-laws for a year and had great success building and repairing my Jeep with it. Now I've got my own place, just picked one up and it is doing great on my frame reinforcing.
Not wanting to get into a whole red .vs. blue thing but I have had both. I like the millers better, their new welders with auto-set really are nice for beginers & those who have been out of it for awhile. I picked mine up off of ebay for several hundred less than MSRP.
The build slows down from time to time because I have a few other projects & a little thing call work.
Not real sure how often this is checked, but I'll give it a shot. I'm thinking about the Century 180 (made by Lincoln) or the Hobart 140, both very close in price. I'm really leaning towards the Century due to the increased power of course, but the Hobart of course is great quality. I've read mostly good things about the Century, but there are some bad reviews. Anyone have experience with the Century?
At work we have millers and the new pulse welder lincolns. i prefer the millers which is why i have one in my garage and i love it!! I think the model is a Miller 210. it a few years older but works like a charm!
I have been stick welding for the past year with a Miller Trailblazer. I just picked up a Lincoln 180 from home depot for $600 with a 10% military discount. The wife didn't understand why I needed another welder...it was hard to get her to understand it was just too big for some of the small jobs I want to do Unfortunately, I don't have my material cut and ready to go, so I had to run some beads on some scrap I had. It was almost like learning to weld again, but once I got the hang of it, it makes a nice clean bead, even with the flux core. I'll give some more feedback when I get my material ready to build some bumpers.
Looking to purchase a Lincoln 180 as well. Will this weld 1/4" bumpers? Also I'm looking to weld 1" bumper clevis mounts to the 1/4" bumper will this welder handle this? And is Hobart better then Lincoln? For a couple $$ more I can get a 185 Hobart at tractor supply... Hope some one can help...
I havn't been able to do any extensive welding with it yet, so I can't do a through review, but just playing around I have welded 1/4 plate with no problem, infact I was quite impressed, the welder really burns in the weld. I havn't been able to try it yet, but the welder claims to be able to weld up to 1/2 using the flux core wire. So unless your welding together bridges, or weld for a living, I think this welder will be all you need. As for the brands, i think it is 6 of one, half dozen of the other as long as you go with a proven name.
i found a lead on a used Lincoln 3200HD - anybody have any experience with this unit? i tried searching the web for some reviews on it but didnt come up with much, mostly first time welders working with mostly sheet metal.
ill be using it for everything from body work to probably max of .25 mild steel
here are the specs i found on it
Lincoln Electric's Weld-Pak™ 3200 HD Overview
• 25-135 amps CV DC output
• Welds up to 5/16 in. steel using flux-cored wire.
• Plugs into 120V, 20 amp outlet.
• For welding .023-.035" mild steel and stainless steel solid MIG (gas-shielded) wire (stainless steel wire sold separately). Also for .035" mild steel flux-cored (gasless) wire. Install K664-2 Aluminum Welding Kit to expand the Weld-Pak 3200 HD's welding capabilities to include .035" aluminum solid MIG wire.
is it realistic to expect this machine to do .25 mild steel on flux?
and eventually aluminum with forementioned kit?
the guy is asking $450 comes with a small tank, L.E. gloves, L.E. auto-dim mask, and hand held mask.
I just am looking for a welder to mess around with and make a roof rack or something for my zj, eventually working my way up to bumpers. But my paychecks arent much more than 120 a week.
so im looking for something cheap. not looking to get more than a few years out of it.
My boss has a bigger mig welder with a big tank i could use but i dont feel comfortable learning on it without him there(sundays) but im sure hed let me use it if i told him i knew how.
if that one isnt good enough(the link above)
can someone link me something that is under 400 bucks that is good enough up to 1/4 inch metal? i read all the recent comments but its all stuff about 500+ ones.
Thanks..i prefer tankless.
1997 Limited 5.2L 3 link front. np231 swap
I picked up the 210MVP about 2 months ago and love it. I also have the HH135 which I bought about 13-14 years ago. The 210MVP runs off 110 and 220 with an included plug adapter. This has been very helpful as I've had to push the welder in an area with only 110 near by and my 25' 220 extension wouldn't reach.
I got the spool gun but haven't used it as it requires a different gas mixture than my 75/25 Argon and really haven't found a need to weld aluminum yet. I take that back, I haven't found a compelling reason to go purchase another tank so I could weld aluminum.
For the price it's a good buy and you'll be happy.