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68F100
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From: Burlington, Iowa
Registered: Oct 99

posted 10-08-2004 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100        Reply w/Quote
...At least that's what I keep telling the old lady.

I'd like to get a mig welder that will do pretty much most things that I would need to do automotive speaking. From sheetmetal to maybe framework. Is that possible with one single welder? Also, I need it to fit my budget (low). Doesn't matter if it's 110 or 220. I'm an electrician and can get any voltage I want set up in the garage.

N266fords
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Posts: 1662
From: Sierra Vista ,Az USA
Registered: Apr 2003

posted 10-10-2004 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords        Reply w/Quote
go with the lincoln 175 it is a 220v welder that is argon gas ready and can handle little to big projects. Look at lowes for the best deal, ( did I meantion I am a manger over the tool world at Lowes)hehehe..seriously its a nice welder.
Bruce Williams

lonewolf
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Posts: 419
From: Colorado; M&M #3117
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 10-11-2004 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lonewolf        Reply w/Quote
I second Bruce...Go with the Lincoln. I would suggest something like an SP-175 Plus. Check out Welding Mart, they usually have factory refurb/overstock/etc. and decent prices:

http://www.weldingmart.com/

Cheers,

Rick

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 10-18-2004 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
I have a small Lincoln, but I think if I did it over I'd look at the Millers.

I wasn't impressed with the cheap plastic wire spool that came to me already broken. {Even though Lincoln was very quick to send a replacement}

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Catmando
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Posts: 340
From: Vermilion, OH USA
Registered: Jun 2004

posted 11-09-2004 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Catmando        Reply w/Quote
Well, I guess I have to chime in for Miller!! The dealer I went to had both Lincoln and Miller. I bought a Miller 175, which with a 80lb bottle cost around $700.00. AFTER I had made my decision to get the Miller, the salesman who was talking good about both products said he uses a Miller and once you have a Miller you won't get anything else!! Im not a pro, bought mine to install my roll cage. Also used it to seem up the sheetmetal floor which I cut into installing home made 2x3 box tubing subframe connectors. It works very well on the sheetmetal.

Bloose
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 12-15-2004 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose        Reply w/Quote
I just ordered a Hobart Ironman 210. It was that or a Miller. I decided on the Hobart because it was $995 delivered and Miller owns them. It looks as though the are very simular and could even be the same. I do not have possesion of it yet as I ordered it from www.toolfetch.com. Looks like a nice unit for the $$$$ though.

B-loose

Bloose
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From: Milwaukee, WI
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posted 12-15-2004 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose        Reply w/Quote
Oh ya, they reason I stepped up to the 210 from a 175 or 180 model is that you can get a spool gun for it to do aluminum for $400. I decided to go this route over a TIG machine.

B-loose

lonewolf
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From: Colorado; M&M #3117
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posted 12-15-2004 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lonewolf        Reply w/Quote
I don't think you could wrong purchasing Red, White, or Blue. After that, it all comes down to features you want and price.

Bloose
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 12-16-2004 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose        Reply w/Quote
I did some more checking last night and though Miller owns Hobart the Miller 210 and Hobart 210 are definitely not the same. The Miller is rated at 170A 60% duty cycle and the Hobart 150A 40%. The Miller also comes with a M25 gun rated for 250A where the Hobart has an M10 rated at 100A. The Miller is about $250 more and I think well worth it. Not sure if I'm going to change my order though as I doubt I'll ever need the higher capacity of the Miller.

B-loose

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