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RiotSquadCustoms
01-04-2013, 1:00 PM
I am in the market yo buy a MIG welder. I have been looking at several different ones but have no clue to which would be an overall great begginer welder. I dont plan on welding frames but rather just brackets to frames and bungs to sissy bars and what not. Could anyone give me some starting advice. Also I was looking at 120v like the lincoln 140, but someone told me they suck at 120v and to go 220. I just dont have 220v right now but could probly run it off my dryer circuit. Any input would help. Also looking to spend no more then 600 bucks. :banghead:

2stroketim
01-04-2013, 1:05 PM
I'll go ahead and be the first guy to politely tell you to search within CC for this answer. This has been discussed for about 1000 pages

2stroketim
01-04-2013, 1:07 PM
http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25673&highlight=welder

2stroketim
01-04-2013, 1:07 PM
http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25613&highlight=welder

2stroketim
01-04-2013, 1:08 PM
http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24983&highlight=welder

sixball
01-04-2013, 1:44 PM
After you read all the links, buy a Hobart 140 for about 450-525, and it will do just what your wanting to do

Sixball

CoyoteUSP
01-04-2013, 2:25 PM
Hobart Handler 140

lamb67t
01-04-2013, 2:39 PM
I have a lincoln 135 mig and it welds great on 110. Just make sure to have a gas set up and a 20 A circuit minimum. And if you use an ext cord make sure it is 10 ga. You shouldnt have any trouble with any of the name brand (lincoln, hobart, miller) 140 A 110V machines.

purerockfury
01-04-2013, 6:16 PM
I'll go ahead and be the first guy to politely tell you to search within CC for this answer. This has been discussed for about 1000 pages

1001 now

ibuiltmine
01-04-2013, 8:01 PM
After you read all the links, buy a Hobart 140 for about 450-525, and it will do just what your wanting to do

Sixball

exactly! I have a few diferent welders in a couple diferent processes and back when I wasn't even old enough to drink I bought this little 120v hobart. I have upgraded it a couple times and it does everything I ask it to (with a littel preheat from a propane torch) with some argon gas and some 023 hard wire the welds come out smooth and strong. parts are easy to get (if it EVER breaks on you at all) in over 10 years, I have only put tips and nozzles on it and a liner a couple times. Its a great machine! I think I payed about 475 bucks for mine from one of those country stores on sale over twn years ago.

LinkBelt
01-04-2013, 8:39 PM
Yeah, lot of people talk shit about the Lincolns. I have a Lincoln T140 and it's not failed me and I don't use gas just good old flux core. I've welded a couple frames, oil bags, and am about to give it a try on a tank with no worries.

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sohcool
01-04-2013, 9:23 PM
If you're gonna spend $500.00, do yourself a favor and look for a used Lincoln SP175 PLUS. It's infinite adjust both wire and volts, and a HELL of a little machine.

You will have to wire for 220, but it will be worth it.

The best advice I can give you as someone who welds for a living is this:

Think of the biggest thing you will probably work on and what size welder you need to do that job.... and that's the SMALLEST welder you should buy. ALWAYS save up and get something with a little more ooomph, cause when your family... friends.... neighbors find out you have a welder you will have ALL SORTS of new friends with stuff that needs to be welded READY TO PAY YOU MONEY TO DO IT.

Deals are out there to be had, just be patient.

I bought a 350A AC/DC TIG machine made by Thermal Dynamics (great products) with everything but a bottle and all the bells and whistles for $800.00. Works like new.

Patience will pay off...

joeythebrush
01-04-2013, 10:12 PM
I have the Hobart 140. I'm not building frames or anything major with it, super happy with the 140

70schop
01-04-2013, 10:22 PM
If you're gonna spend $500.00, do yourself a favor and look for a used Lincoln SP175 PLUS. It's infinite adjust both wire and volts, and a HELL of a little machine.

You will have to wire for 220, but it will be worth it.

The best advice I can give you as someone who welds for a living is this:

Think of the biggest thing you will probably work on and what size welder you need to do that job.... and that's the SMALLEST welder you should buy. ALWAYS save up and get something with a little more ooomph, cause when your family... friends.... neighbors find out you have a welder you will have ALL SORTS of new friends with stuff that needs to be welded READY TO PAY YOU MONEY TO DO IT.

Deals are out there to be had, just be patient.

I bought a 350A AC/DC TIG machine made by Thermal Dynamics (great products) with everything but a bottle and all the bells and whistles for $800.00. Works like new.

Patience will pay off...

Exactly, You dont have to spend a million bucks to do what you are wanting to do but make SURE you spend the money on a machine that is going to do everything you want. A good friend of mine bought a miller 140, had it for 2 weeks, went out and bought a hobart 180.

cowboyshirtday
01-04-2013, 10:31 PM
i actually just got a lincoln 140c last week. i like it a lot although i am a novice at welding. i am sure any of the name brand small units will be awesome, get the lincoln/hobart/miller whatever. i am just having fun welding shit.

kawijake
01-05-2013, 6:55 AM
I got a Hobart auto arc 130 mig package with cart, wire, and helmet for 400 and love it. Highly recommend

Nottso
01-05-2013, 10:43 AM
I have the Lincoln 140 and have been happy with it.

purerockfury
01-05-2013, 1:07 PM
i have a lincoln 140 hd i scored on craigslist last year and was practically brand new with 2 tanks and a auto dark helmet for 300, i fucking love it. good deals out there, you just gotta keep an eye out for them

toolpush74
01-06-2013, 12:42 AM
The lincoln 140 is a nice welder i have done a lot of welding with it and it has done a nice job..

gyro
01-06-2013, 12:51 AM
Ive got a lincon 140 something or other and a hobart handler 140 both of them are great and super easy to use. I didnt have a clue how to weld at all and just got a super good deal on the lincon and my roomate bought the hobart all at the same time and we learned with them. we got one hooked up with gas and the other with just flux core wire. both are 110 and just plug right into the plug or extention cord and work fine never had an issue with poping fuses or burning the house down. both welders are capable of putting down a good weld. so with that said I think you cant go wrong with either of those or I bet you if miller makes a similar model it will do the same thing I would just look for the best deal unless you have some sort of favorite brand for some reason.

bonesxl1100
01-06-2013, 9:15 AM
One of those threads linked above is mine. I ended up with the Hobart 140. If you end up wanting that one, get it from northern tool. $500 bucks plus a free cart with it. Plus you get a $10 gift card for every hundred you spend. That paid for an auto darkening helmet for me

kawijake
01-07-2013, 6:09 AM
Damn that is a good deal

cabinetjesus
01-07-2013, 7:03 AM
Hey Riot pm'd you about the 50 off coupon.

RiotSquadCustoms
01-14-2013, 10:08 AM
Thanks everyone for the input. I think I am going to go Hobart. Also thanks again cabinetjesus.

bbillington
01-14-2013, 11:34 AM
Thanks everyone for the input. I think I am going to go Hobart. Also thanks again cabinetjesus.

Hobart is a great choice and they are made in the US.