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    Thread: Best "cheap" welder?

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      07-23-2008 09:21 AM #1
      I know a mig is the best for all-around usefulness, but I do not have the money, nor do I really need a welder for anything but small brackets and the like (I'm not going to do body or framework). What is the best welder for my application? Is stick fine for me, or will something else be better? Figure $300 budget, give or take...
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      07-23-2008 01:06 PM #2
      I don't really know much about it but I know my brother bought a $300 welder and it is really junk.

      I would just save your money and buy a little nicer welder.


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      07-23-2008 02:18 PM #3
      You get what you pay for, thats all I can say. If you are looking for a MIG machine and have 220v to power it I would suggest the Millermatic 180, its around 800+gas.

    4. 07-25-2008 02:33 PM #4
      Harbor Freight FTW

      Try and get one that's upgradable to gas. Start with the flux core. Get an autodark helmet and have at it.

      Run it off the biggest fuse in the box. 30amp if you can.

      I've had mine for 3 years.

      Weld's don't have to be pretty to be strong and pretty weld aren't neccessarily strong.


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      07-25-2008 06:22 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by cgherrington3 »

      Weld's don't have to be pretty to be strong and pretty weld aren't neccessarily strong.

      sure, throw enough crap against a wall and some of it is bound to stick


      forget el cheapo welders.
      save your money ( and headaches) and do it right the first time

      for light duty stuff the 110v welders are fine. you cant go wrong w/ either miller or lincoln.
      step up to 220v for a little more money/heavier duty

      but you can get things like this....
      http://cgi.ebay.com/LINCOLN-SP...wItem

      9 times out of 10 they were simply demo models used at trade shows. i wouldnt think twice about buying one of those if i was in the market


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      save up 500.00 goto homedepot and buy a lincoln, it will work well and last you a while.. Goto harbour freight spend 200.00 and have to replace it ever year.
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      07-28-2008 01:07 PM #7
      I bought Clarke mig welder with stand for under $400, bought a bottle of gas for $175, I own the bottle now. It has been reliable and it works well, made in italy

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      07-28-2008 06:43 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by bulldogger72 »

      for light duty stuff the 110v welders are fine. you cant go wrong w/ either miller or lincoln.
      step up to 220v for a little more money/heavier duty


      Does this hold true for sticks, too? That's all I am trained to work, and my early experimentation with MIG says I need a little educating before I'd trust my MIG-work for things like engine brackets. My stick welds are strong and proven.

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      07-29-2008 02:24 PM #9
      I picked up a Hobart 140 Handler for I believe ~$450. I don't have much welding experience but so far it's awesome and VERY easy to use.
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    10. 07-30-2008 08:26 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by sicklyscott »
      I picked up a Hobart 140 Handler for I believe ~$450. I don't have much welding experience but so far it's awesome and VERY easy to use.

      Very nice choice. I have one. Like it better than the miller equivalent.


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      07-30-2008 09:51 PM #11
      I need to add that the welding helmet was about $70 and the tank of gas was another $215.
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