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F15Falcon
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From: el paso, tx.
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posted 06-16-2005 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for F15Falcon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My dad bought a Lincoln Weldpak HD 3200 at Home Depot a little over a year ago,and I cannot say enough good things about it. It is a 135 amp output machine that will plug in to a 120 volt outlet. He paid $382.00 for it and another $100.00 for a small argon bottle and a regulator at a welding supply store. It has 4 heat settings, and a wire speed regulator. It comes with a roll of flux core wire that also works very well, especially if you are welding out doors. I have used it extensively on everything from sheetmetal to welding heavy gauge tubing. I would recommend this machine to any home welder for any kind of work including chassis work.

I used the welder to install this 9" Ford rear end back brace last week when my 225 amp L-tec MIG ran out of wire:

This is 1 5/8" x .134 wall roll cage tubing that I welded with the Weld Pak 3200, and the penetration is awesome.

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steve'66
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posted 06-16-2005 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you think it's the "best bang for the buck"? I am in the market,

SteveW

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F15Falcon
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posted 06-17-2005 12:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for F15Falcon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say it is pretty close to the best bang for the buck.

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Moneymaker
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posted 06-17-2005 01:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just bought one last week.
About $75 more expensive now.
Home Depot had 1 year free financing which was a great deal.
Have not used it yet.
Need to go and buy the bottle too.

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lonewolf
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posted 06-17-2005 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lonewolf   Click Here to Email lonewolf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those are pretty welds. Nice job.

I have an older Weld Pak 100 that I have used pretty extensively too. No issues after 5+ years of it.

I would suggest getting the large spool kit though. Nothing sucks worse than running out of wire in the middle of a bead. Does the 3500 come with a MIG conversion kit or did you have pick that up separate?

Cheers,

Rick

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ccode67
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posted 06-17-2005 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is good timing, hope to have power in my garage real soon, first purchase will be a welder. Then I'll need a teacher to show me how.

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JAAZZY
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posted 06-17-2005 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAAZZY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the SP-135 which I have a feeling is the same as this one. Nice unit and easy to use. They say this about the best one for the money though some swear by the Miller unit. I couldn't get as good a price on that one though. I bought it for a small project because I hate renting.

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steve'66
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posted 06-17-2005 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Son, the Iron Worker, has a new Miller 140 and says it is "sweet". But it costs more.

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Mark T 7724
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posted 06-18-2005 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark T 7724   Click Here to Email Mark T 7724     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 3200 is a great welder for the Home Garage, It comes equipped ready for gas I would suggest you use "Steelmix" 75% Argon 25% CO2 it will allow you to weld hotter at a lower amperage.

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bob6364
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posted 06-18-2005 12:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bob6364   Click Here to Email bob6364     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had the same one for a year now ,works great.I just did a full quarter on a 71 coupe and it came out great if I do say so myself

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Rudi
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posted 06-20-2005 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rudi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You get what you pay for on items like this.
I tried a Lincoln for a few weeks and was not satisfied with it's operation so I opted for a Miller 172. It was more money but the important wire drive mechanism was cast aluminum not plastic.
This Miller will weld 20 thou' shim stock right up to 3/8 material.
IMO Linc makes excellent stick welders, but Miller is way ahead of them on MIG wire pushers.

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