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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Welders, what to look for?

Well the offroad has def taken a bite out of me. Now I am planning on a welder this summer? I want to start reading up, I am planning on a mig tig. Whats the best value in the 1000-1200 price range. Also what do you guys use for brands? Lincon, hobart, century?
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This would be my first choice Miller , this would be my second choice Miller and this would be my third choice Miller .... If you get the best welder you can afford you will never be sorry , I personally would go with a welder that would enable me to run a wire feed in the future. just my preferance though , you wont need it if you have a good welder and are never going to weld anything "special" like stainless or sheetmetal .... ... I would get the highest duty cycle rating that you can and make sure that it is an AC/DC welder with a high amperage rating on the DC side ..... hope this helps ....Von Warner
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I have wanted a welder for a long time and this is what I know. Make sure you know what type of current you are working with. 120 or 220. 220 welders are more expensive but have a higher duty cycle. Lincoln and Miller make high quality welders. Being able to weld with wire and gas is desireable. You will have cleaner and stronger welds. There are a lot of places online that have kits for sale. They will be enough to get you started. They wouldn't come with a tank or anything though. Hope this helps.
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Thank you all for the help, I am thinking of saveing a little more. I'm not a fan with being stuck with something you dont like. oh and i guess miller is the tool of choise [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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We have the smaller Miller Mig welder, we set it up for Stainless... Very nice unit.. Also have a Miller Plasma cutter... These tools are some nice stuff. Cuts thru stainless like butter.
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If you plan on doing any serious amount of welding, you best get one with a 80% duty cycle or better, sucks to weld for 2 minutes then have to wait for 8 minutes for the machine to cool down enough to go again. Also realize that most duty cycles are usually directly related to the amperage you are running the machine at at the time, or in other words if you are running the machine at half of it's rated capacity (200 amp machine at 100 amps) your duty cycle will be longer. If you are just looking for a small hobby machine then getting one with a lessor duty cycle will be ok. Remember to read all literature for the machines you look at. Gas for MIG is a must, Flux core wire SUCKS. If you are looking for a TIG set-up then 1500 is not enough cash. When looking into TIG you must consider if you want to be able to weld aluminum or not, if you do then you must get a machine with High Freq. ybecause you c an't scratch start tig on aluminum. I would also recomend that whatever machine you get get one that has a FULLY adjustable voltage setting, the machines that just have 6 or 8 or ten setting positions suck too. Miller Machines are good, but Lincoln Welders are the BEST, they also cost more. I would be happy with a Miller myself though. Just .02 from a welder by trade.
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I agree with krabysniper, whatever you get, get a bottle with it, because straight flux core wire is pretty horrible. Everything really depends on what you are going to do with it. If you're just going to use it occasionally for general repair and fab work on your own stuff, I wouldn't go too overboard, but buy a nice middle of the line machine that you'll be happy with. Miller and Lincoln both make good machines, I don't think the brand is going to matter as much as the individual features and the value for your money. You should go down to your nearest welding supply store and talk to the guys and tell them what you want to do and they might steer you in the right direction.
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