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post #1 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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which welder do I choose

I am a beginner welder and am trying to decide about which welder to buy. RIght now my choices are the power mig 140c from Lincoln or a similar harbor freight one.
Lincoln is a great name and they stand behind what they build. I know I wont have any problems with it. The 140c allows me to plug it into a standard 120 outlet. I dont plan on doing any major welding with it, just some small stuff in the garage. I know it has a longer work cable and clamp.
As for the HF welder, out of 21 reviews only two trashed it saying it only works sometimes and to get an extended warranty. It only has a 5 foot work cable and clamp. It spatters alot until you figure out the best settings. I have to install a 22O outlet as well, but its almost $400 cheaper.
What do you guys think? I am really swaying towards the Lincoln, I just need some input.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 04:20 AM
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My opinion, so take it for what its worth lol, I would stay away from anything other than the established names, Lincoln, Miller, Hobart, they are all good and have been around for a while. Make sure before you buy, that you wont want to do heavier work later on. If you can get a 220v welder you can do small (thin) stuff with it, but you cant do thick stuff with the 110v machine. Good luck

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You'll be in the same exact boat as 90% of people who start out with a 110v machine,once you learn a little welding and technique..you'll wanting/needing to weld heavier materials and needing a stronger machine..like a 220v .............

if you are 100% SURE you'll only ever be welding light things like maybe a riding mower deck repair..lawn furniture...any small repairs..then go for the Lincoln...

Personaly i'd stay away from any of the Harbor Freight welders,they never last long,weld like crap...etc......google REAL reveiws of those machines other than Harbor Freight's website...

Scour Craigslist for a used 220v machine for a few weeks or more and see what "pops up" in your area..when you do find a good brand name machine such as Miller,Lincoln and Hobart..post here the link and what it is and we'll give some good advice if it's worth it....if your pateint,you'll probably find a GOOD used 220v machine for the price of the Harbor Freight machine.

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I use a hobart handler 120 for small projects and a Millermatic 180 for bigger things. (So I dont have to refeed wire).
From the perspective of a CW and CWI (Welder and Inspector) I love my miller. It makes beautiful welds and is easy to learn on. Plus it comes with plenty of add ons to weld just about anything anywhere.
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Lincoln 180c

I am initially looking at the 180c b/c of the great promo they are running right now. The only thing I dont know about it is does it have 110 connection. I know it has 220v, but remembering seeing an episode of extreme 4x4 where Ian said it could be used in either voltage.
I am not really interested in welding thick stuff, but mostly use it for small projects on my xj and uses around the garage.
The Lincoln promo ends at the end of this month so I only have a couple of days.
What do you think?
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I am also a little concerned buying a used welder. Since I dont know much about them and have only done minimal welding, I dont know what to expect from a used one. At least with a new one there would be a warranty.
There is a guy on CL selling a miller130 wire feed for $200. Dont know how old it is and what issues would I have with a used welder.
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I am also a little concerned buying a used welder. Since I dont know much about them and have only done minimal welding, I dont know what to expect from a used one. At least with a new one there would be a warranty.
There is a guy on CL selling a miller130 wire feed for $200. Dont know how old it is and what issues would I have with a used welder.
The Miller 130 is a "real old" machine, the 135's been out quite a few years and the 140 about 4 or 5 years. Get a brand new machine, with a 3 year warranty. There's a reason he's selling it! A new machine is an almost "lifetime" investment!
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I am initially looking at the 180c b/c of the great promo they are running right now. The only thing I dont know about it is does it have 110 connection. I know it has 220v, but remembering seeing an episode of extreme 4x4 where Ian said it could be used in either voltage.
I am not really interested in welding thick stuff, but mostly use it for small projects on my xj and uses around the garage.
The Lincoln promo ends at the end of this month so I only have a couple of days.
What do you think?
I have a MM211 which does both 120 and 240. I use it mostly on 240 but I have had a time where I needed it on something light out of range of the 240V and the 120V came in real handy.
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I also have a MM211. It is the best and will weld 20ga. to 3/8" in 1pass. Clean, near splatter free welds are yours, if you use the gas mix 75/25. I am retired in Mexico, on the Baja. I do a lot of welding to help people. Only charge for consumables. Not affiliated in any way to Miller, but they are the best. I also have a miller Bobcat 225G. This is an '87 and works as good today as when new.

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