Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bakersfield, California
I would save your money, if you want to melt some metal for the time being then get a name brand used buzz box that you can always sell later. Stick is very good to learn on and you can find old licoln or Miller units on CL all the time that will still run great. A good mig machine will last you a life time, do it right and buy a nice one. Also remember you need to buy accessories as well, if you only got $400 to spend then look for a $300 unit. Simple things like gloves, clamps, wire/sticks, mask, power cord, wire brushes/wheels and crap can really add up fast.
I have a licoln 180 and love it....if you have 220v access I would stick with that unless you need the portability of a small 110v unit. I would not waste gas with a 110v though, stick with flux core and you will have a stronger weld.
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