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joinme34
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posted January 19, 2004 07:49 PM  
I am getting ready to purchase a mig welder. I want a 110v so I can use it in my trailer. I know it will only do the lighter duty work but I want to be able to carry it with me. I'm planning on a Lincoln SP135 plus at this point. Looking for any recommendations and why before I purchase. Thanks.

speeronline
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posted January 19, 2004 09:25 PM  
I bought a new Hobart 135 for $249 at Tractor Supply... But that was last Summer. I use it alot and it works great!

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NJantz
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posted January 23, 2004 07:07 AM  
The only thing I'd buy is a Miller. We've had several other migs over the years including a Lincoln and they just don't last. Replacement parts are easy to get for a Miller also. Most guys who weld for a living use Miller equipment. What does that tell you?

GO 24
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posted January 23, 2004 11:23 AM  
MILLER, nuf' said!

Ego Racing
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posted January 23, 2004 12:49 PM  
Did a TON of research on parts cost and consumables. Go with Miller. Hobart is the next I would buy. (they are made by Miller)

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
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posted January 23, 2004 06:19 PM  
Miller may cost a bit more than a comparable type of welder in a different brand but they are better and easier to get parts for.

orange2mod
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posted January 24, 2004 06:40 PM  
We have a metal fab shop with a Lincoln and a Miller. The Lincoln ended up in my garage and the Miller is the only shop welder.

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
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posted January 24, 2004 09:40 PM  
I have used several different types of welders over the years. Before the new Miller I just purchased 3 days ago I had a Hobart for almost 8 years. If I hadnt gotten a great deal on the Miller 210 my second choice was going to be a Hobart iron man 200.

Wallydog9g
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posted January 25, 2004 12:15 AM  
The best welder i ever used was the snap on one we have down at our shop...
im not sure on model, but we can weld aluminum with it also, and tig weld along with mig weld... its a nice unit... clean beads

widebody
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posted January 29, 2004 03:18 PM  
Hobart is owned by miller. Half the parts in my handler 175 say miller. All the tips, cones and other stuf is miller. It has a lighter duty cycle, but look at your application, if your building chassis for a living get a big one..
tractor supply $600-$550 with a cart...

thebomb
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posted January 30, 2004 05:05 PM  
does tractor supply have a web page?

Ego Racing
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posted February 09, 2004 12:03 PM  
www.mytscstore.com

norightturn
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posted February 12, 2004 07:00 AM  
I have a deal on a new clark welder 130 (made by lincoln) with cart, helmet, bottle of 75/25 mix you own the bottle. 2 spools of wire and extra tips for 599.00

Raz_900
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posted February 17, 2004 07:17 AM  
I bought a Clarke 180amp 220v unit a couple months ago. I must say it's been great so far. I've welded the bars in my front bumper repairing some..ummm... 'light' damage from last year (.095" thick 1 3/4" tube), did a little repairs on the B pillar to keep the roof from coming off (stock sheetmetal 22ga?) and last night was relocating the contron arm brackets on my 9" rear end (3/16" steel).

The 6 heat positions and infinite wire speed is nice and on the 4th setting penetrates almost through the 3/16" plate. I never tried using it without gas though. Flux core of any kind is pretty useless. Including a 80 ft^3 bottle, cart, auto darkening helmet (a godsend), gloves and gas regulator I think I have right around $650 in it. Minus the bottle it was $504 delivered to my door.

goinrcn44h
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posted February 19, 2004 08:41 AM  
The only way to fully utilize flux core wire is to really give it one **** of a heave off the deepest canyon you can find. then go get a regulator/ bottle of 75/25, and actually weld something correctly...

44H

Ego Racing
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posted February 19, 2004 12:45 PM  
Only problem with CLARK was to get parts. Had one we used on the trailer at the track and a small part broke, it took about 5 months to get the part. This was about 5 years ago but as they say "once bitten twice shy" now we have 3 Millers.

wizzard
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posted February 21, 2004 10:39 PM  
heres a little tip to save you welding tips take the tip off use a bolt and washer run trough it and a old lug nut on the other end and flare it out its much easyer to get the slag cookies out and keeps the wire feedin smooth

CHEVELLE#99
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posted February 24, 2004 07:32 PM  
you guys are crazy the flux core wire that is gasless is junk but the best is the 7100 series flux core from esab but must run with straight co2 it is the hottest burning best dirty frame welding wire ever made. i weld structural steel for a living and all we use is the esab wire.

buggyman8
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posted March 09, 2004 08:43 PM  
i'm with you chev. i weld structural steel for a living and we use 71m fron miller wire with 100% co2 and it whoops up on any other king of wire espically hard wire.......... i would go with a miller or a lincoln welder thats my opinion....................

NJantz
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posted March 10, 2004 07:07 AM  
Just bought a new Miller 210 off ebay.
Free Shipping, Free 25ft extension cable, and no tax for $1210.

GO 24
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posted March 10, 2004 09:21 AM  
Congrats on the 210, I wouldn't trade mine for anything on the market except for another Miller!
I bought mine 2 yrs ago around x-mass & at the time they offered a free spool gun (for aluminum) and they also offer financing---maybe something to check into.

udecide66
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posted March 10, 2004 09:33 AM  
I own a ESAB 300i. It will do stick, mig and tig but not aluminium (DC welder only) I have had it for 6 years now with zero problems. It was a little pricey $2200 but it sure has proven to be a great welder.
If I ever buy another welder it will probably be a miller shopmaster with all the bells and whistles.

ss#4
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posted March 12, 2004 10:13 AM  
If you contact Lincoln Motorsports, they have a "sponsorship" deal on all their welders. I picked up a PowerMig 200 for $960. I compared the 210 Miller sitting next to it and all I saw was a lot of plastic. I have never used a Miller so I am not saying they are not better or worse. But keep in mind the cost of parts is based on supply and demand. So if the replacement parts are cheap there maybe a very good reason. Just my 2cents. By the way the blue is pretty though!!

jwracing48612
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posted April 07, 2004 09:45 PM  
just bought miller 210 tank auto dark hood 11 lb roll wire big 75/25 tank full extra tips $1500 with full 2 yr warranty as far as replacement parts all sold right where i bought the welder but shouldnt ever need them also miller210 has 60% duty cycle on the hightest setting meaning u can weld for 6 minutes out of 10 that should say it all

erbified
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posted July 31, 2005 09:14 PM  
miller

powerglides
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posted August 01, 2005 09:36 AM  
Lincoln SP-170 T, 10 years and well over 200 pounds of wire and not one glitch. Like it so much I bought a Lincoln Plasma also. I like the way the lincoln plasma uses high freq to fire the torch and not mechanical or air push to fire it.

dirttracker98
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posted August 07, 2005 06:31 AM  
you gotta be careful on those "package deals"with a light duty welder that include an automatic hood in the deal because the hood is probably higher priced then the welder itself!

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