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Old 01-22-2020, 08:26 PM   #1
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Default MIG welder - recommendations?

It's time to add some tools.

I already have a acytelene torch, and a monster TIG welder. (100% duty @ 240 amp) - and now I want a MIG welder.

I went and looked at a Hobart 140 - used- i saw on Craigslist. Overprices, worn out trash...

So I looked at a new one. $480 at TSC.....

Anybody have experience with one - or comperable one they recommend?

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Old 01-23-2020, 01:41 AM   #2
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Default Re: MIG welder - recommendations?

LINCOLN Easy MIG 140

Its probably a bit more expensive than the one at TSC
picked it up used for $250

Using CO2 its pretty much good for sheet metal and maybe a bit thicker
if you keep in mind the duty cycle

with flux core it does a bit better at penetration but they are some
pretty dirty welds

Still all in all I like the machine its a 120v inverter type welder and it has held up pretty well for the last 3 years or so

The gun has been replaced once shortly after getting it as the liner wore out but I suspect that is more from the PO kinking the lead than a design defect

I figured the drive wheel would be the weak point its a plastic contraption but it has held up well

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Old 01-24-2020, 12:47 AM   #3
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Default Re: MIG welder - recommendations?

For a hobbyist it is a nice welder. I bought one at tractor supply. I had it for about a year. I put a few 10 pound spools through it. I sold it and bought the Hobart 210 with a spool gun. When I unpacked it the gun was a Miller. For the price the are nice units. I have only used them with gas I have not welded unshielded.

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Old 01-24-2020, 02:05 AM   #4
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Default Re: MIG welder - recommendations?

I went ahead and got the Hobart 140.

Easy setup. Less than 10 minutes ftom open box to laying a bead.

Works very well with flux core on all settings. Throws a good bead with good penetration - enough so that I was able to weld 1 1/2 round stock to 5/8-10 threadall rod - then lathe the round stock off to true it to the rod. Heavy interrupted cuts - no problem.

I like it. I have the feeling this is going to get used - a lot.

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Old 01-29-2020, 10:20 PM   #5
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Default Re: MIG welder - recommendations?

I'm cheap... and for as much as I planned on using it, I bought a Harbor Freight 90 amp flux core...

I had NEVER welded before I got it, but after a couple of practice burns on some scrap steel I had laying around from other random projects, I constructed a seat bracket to mount 2013 Cadillac ATS seats into my 2004 Chevy Blazer

I've used it a couple of times since then on random odds and ends (constructed a bird feeder holder for the wife, fixed a latch on a trailer for my neighbor, those kinds of little things), and it's worked out great, but it's not like I'm welding truck frames together with it or anything... But it's nice to know that I do have the ability to fix minor broken metal things in the garage instead of having to rely on a shop to do it for me.







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