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Unread 01-20-2011, 06:34 PM   #16
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Okay! Thanks so much for the input!! Is there anything I should stay away from if I'm gunna be building bumpers, sliders, and things like that?

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Unread 01-20-2011, 07:19 PM   #17
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What about a tig lol. Id get the mig
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Unread 01-20-2011, 07:37 PM   #18
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Unread 01-20-2011, 07:38 PM   #19
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Eastwood has some interesting looking welders for the price: http://www.eastwood.com/welders/eastwood-welders-1.html
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Unread 01-20-2011, 08:12 PM   #20
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stick with Hobart, Miller, Lincoln, name brands. Once you learn, you will regret not buying 220V one. Save up and buy the real deal. I agree about craigslist. Sometimes deals are amazing. Keep looking there.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 10:10 PM   #21
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Okay guys. Thanks for all the input! I really wanna run gas mig. I'll keep my eyes peeled for some great deals!
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Unread 01-20-2011, 10:20 PM   #22
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http://www.eastwood.com/175-amp-mig-...spool-gun.html

How about this?? I think this looks good. But I dont know what to look for... Any suggestions?
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Unread 01-20-2011, 10:29 PM   #23
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Buy something from a local welding shop. That way if/when (even the $$ machines need parts on occasion) you need parts or service you will have a relationship with the place you bought it from.

The words "cheap" and "welder" don't mesh well. In the field of fabrication, you get what you pay for. IMO I would stay away from Hobart, Their new stuff is sub-par (I know, I know "they're owned by Miller") It's apples and oranges. Save for a few more months and buy a QUALITY Miller or Lincoln. The new Everlast welders are nice too, they're German now instead of Chinese and vendors are popping up all over. They use quality Siemans electronics and have a good warranty. The prices also can't be touched.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 10:36 PM   #24
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Great info! I found this in CS take a look!

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Unread 01-20-2011, 10:57 PM   #25
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Hobart 187.
x2.. wont find a better unit for the price.. $640 shipped from Amazon
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Unread 01-20-2011, 11:01 PM   #26
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Great info! I found this in CS take a look!

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The MM35 has a great rep, try it out.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 11:07 PM   #27
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I bought a welder from *gasp* HF. (I think it was like 180.00) it was 220 and work great, never had problems with the machine and it was perfect to learn on. I sold it for 100 3 years later and bought a Hobart 210 and WOW. This machine welds so much nicer and cleaner. It feels like the weld has a nice smooth puddle. But the HF was a great tool to learn on. So if you are looking to learn to weld and weld up some stuff, go with the HF version if you have a very limited budget, and sell it when you want to move up. If you got the money to spend, get a miller or hobart (made by miller, just a lower end of the millers) But you for sure want that 220!!!

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Unread 01-20-2011, 11:30 PM   #28
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I picked up a commercial 220amp Mig for $500.00; it included a 20# Argon/CO2 tank with two regulators and a full spool of wire. You can find good deals on Craiglist so try sites like SearchTempest.com so you can search multiple regions; could make all the difference when a good deal shows up. There is a lot of people scouring CL so you need to be on it when/if you do find something with an attractive price.

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Unread 01-21-2011, 12:53 AM   #29
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On the craigslist page for the MM35 it says it needs a gun. What does that mean?
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Unread 01-21-2011, 01:38 AM   #30
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IMO I would stay away from Hobart, Their new stuff is sub-par
. Please back this up with facts. What new stuff are you referring to? There are load of people with 140s, 187s, 210s, 230s, etc. that would differ.
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