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    Default Anybody make a decent 110v welder?

    I'm a pretty shitty welder, and am just looking to pick something up to practice with and maybe wel up some sheet metal of a sissybar. My garage only has 110 though. Anything out there? Any advice or suggestions?

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    I've got a Hobart Handler 140, best purchase I've ever made.

    About $500 roughly either through Amazon, northern tool, or tractor supply co.

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    I love my Hobart 140 too. I've ran a lot of wire through it with no problems.

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    Lincoln makes several. My guess is you'll find people saying certain models aren't good but it really all depends on what you want to weld. btw, the Lincoln at Home Depot and Lowes are the same ones. Just rebranded for the stores. Look it up as the info is easily found so you can compare from store to store.

    Biggest thing is to stay away from the HarborFrieght crap. inconsistent arc due to shitty voltage regs and will burn out after about a day's use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houstonch73 View Post
    Biggest thing is to stay away from the HarborFrieght crap. inconsistent arc due to shitty voltage regs and will burn out after about a day's use.
    I have a harbor freight 110v fluxcore and it actually has lasted me pretty long and welds just as well as the old Hobart fluxcore I used at my last job. The problem with harbor freight shit is lack of quality control. you can buy one that shits out in a day or one that lasts forever, the curse of cheap Chinese stuff. So is it worth the $89.99 I spent? hell yeah, just make sure you buy a a spool of Lincoln or miller wire and pay attention to the amount of time you're welding or you will burn it up

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    What sort of money do you want to spend. You can't beat the new Millermatic 200 if you have the cash. You can tig weld with it too.

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    Lincoln SP125+

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    You can use a good welder for a lifetime and once competent with it you WILL use it for many things unthought of when you bought it.

    The little Lincolns and Hobarts are in body shops all over the country because they are portable and you can carry them inside a vehicle. I do suggest getting one that is MIG capable even if you begin with flux core.

    Cylinders are cheap via Craigslist so don't buy new. PRACTICE and check out training videos from Miller and others online. CLEAN everything you weld. (I prefer flap discs to grinder rocks.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI7GOVrB33c

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    Tons tons tons of great advice. Thank you very much! I'm thinking I like the Miller with the TIG capabilities. Gonna save a while longer

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    I love my Hobart 140, no problems here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welderjosh View Post
    What sort of money do you want to spend. You can't beat the new Millermatic 200 if you have the cash. You can tig weld with it too.
    You mean multimatic?

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    I love my Hobart 140. I have two friends that have them and I had to get my own after throwing my shitty harbor freight flux junker in the trash

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronHead73 View Post
    You mean multimatic?
    Yes sorry. The multimatic. I just bought one for a fab job and I love it. It works on 110 and 220. You can plug a spool gun into it for aluminum if you need also.

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    Millermatic = older but excellent MIG, Multimatic = multiprocess.

    https://www.millerwelds.com/equipmen...200-mig-welder

    Miller make nice spoolguns too.

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    schumacher made a 145 amp wire feed welder that can use gas or flux core. I had one before getting a 240 V unit and the best feature on the Schumacher vs the others was infinite wire feed adjustment. Most other units only have 3 or 4 settings where the schumacher was variable.

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    Good point on continuous feed adjustment. You can check for that and should be alert to it when buying because Lincoln (for example) have made tapped and infinite adjustment models at the same amp rating.

    If buying used you can and should run all the switches through all their positions to ensure they operate smoothly. That will of course tell you if you weren't sure.

    http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...-180HD-vs-180C

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    yep, Hobart 140 has been good for me.

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    Don't be afraid to use a grinder or a file to get rid of ugly welds, if it don't look right grind it out and make it right. I use a harbor freight POS and I've even made headders with it, I do wish I would have gotten one I could tig with though.

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    Files can remove an impressive amount of metal with precision.

    For grinding I greatly prefer flap discs and flap wheels to traditional grinding "rocks". 60 or 80 grit work nicely. Buy online or at welding supply stores for best prices.

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