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From: Lakewood, CO, USA
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posted 08-07-2002 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am about to buy a mig welder and am wondering if there is a significant difference between the 110v and 208v versions. I have both voltages in my garage so I could use either.

Thanks for opinions

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Hemikiller
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posted 08-08-2002 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a rule, the 208/220 welder will have more power to do heavy gauge metals, and should consume less power. The down side is that 220 welders are larger, and more expensive. I don't recommend that you spend less than $500 for a welder, as you really do get what you pay for. The Lincoln Weldpaks are some nice machines, and don't bother with a flux core wire, you won't like the results. 75/25 CO2/Argon, and .023 wire for sheetmetal, .030 for medium gauge stuff.....

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RickBook
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From: Houston, TX
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posted 08-08-2002 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RickBook     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hemikiller:
As a rule...you really do get what you pay for.

"Amen".

I bought a 'Chicago Electric' Dual Mig from Harbor Freight for $259 (or so).

Would pay three times that for one that I can actually use for more than 30 seconds at a time without having to wait for it to cool down(get the 220V).

re: "don't bother with a flux core wire"

"Amen!" That sh..tuff is a Spatter Spitter!


Been there, and still there,

Rick

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posted 08-14-2002 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies. I have the price of a 110 volt welder. I guess I will wait until I can afford a 220.

John

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 08-14-2002 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The one that I have is a Daytona Mig household amp. While I'd rather have bought a Miller, the Daytona has done well. Welding frame rails in a 65 cv, may have tripped the duty a couple times. Normally, don't weld continously for more than a few minutes but have got more than five on rails. And if doing sheetmetal ie fenders, doors, etc, NEVER tripped the cycle. As an opinion, wouldn't wait for a 220. One advantage to 220, it is cheaper to operate, but more to buy. A buddy has the same welder and he "rigged" a fan to the side of it and it NEVER EVER trips. If it's cool, it'll pull an Energiser Bunny and "just keep going"!

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MDF99
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From: Hamilton, Ohio, USA
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posted 08-20-2002 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MDF99   Click Here to Email MDF99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 220 Mig welder and love it. I got the Millermatic 210 on special last winter with the free spoolgun, it's a fine machine and I saved about $400 on it (but had to wait about 6 weeks before it arrived because they sold so many). You might check around and ask some dealers about up-coming specials, one of the major welder manufacturers is liable to have a big promotion soon.

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