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Mig Welder Recommendations ?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Pallet Pete, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    the MIG welding was on steel assy jigs for the tool shop

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  2. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    That makes sense, I should of figured that out as I am also a aviation TIG welder who also fabs tooling and jigs as needed using aluminum and hardwire MIG, also repair and modify company GSE gear and maintenance stands / platforms
  3. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    I think I bleed blue ;) I have a 130xp mig and a Thunderbolt ACDC. Both have served me very well!!Millers customer service is second to none in my experience.

    If I was buying new again, I'd likely go with a Millermatic 252. Not the cheapest option, but a very solid machine (experience with one at work). You have all the flexability to weld light stuff with the power to do heavy material too.

    If I had a huge budget I'd love a crack at a 350P ::-) Pulse mig is the cats ass.
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  4. Couderay80

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    The main thing to look for is the duty cycle the bigger the percentage the better. I would only recommend a 240 volt welder, if any size or time welding is going to be done. Another classic example you get what you pay for.
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  5. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Thanks for the advice guys I am going to wait a little longer and save for the Hobart 190 it looks perfect for my needs. I also like how Hobart handles and feels.

    Pete
  6. MasterMech

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    Scooby, quit readin' my mind! ==c

    Some of those Pulse MIG welds in aluminum make TIG look like a waste of time....
  7. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Ok first off I have used many Eastwood products and have not been let down yet so here it goes lol. ( Please don't hurt me ) I found this earlier today and thought after watching a lot of reviews and reading a bunch I might want to try it out. Do any of you have experience with Eastwood welders ? I went forum hopping and to my surprise it has good comments all over as well as ratings. Any thoughts ? As of today I have a bunch of work lined up for welding most medium duty so I am defiantly gonna use it to make money.
    http://www.eastwood.com/mig-welders-175-amp-mig-welder-w-spool-gun.html

    ( edit ) I forgot it also has a 3 year hassle free warranty !

    Pete
  8. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    Chinese and plastic drive.. Seen enough to make me look elsewhere!!

    $499 and it includes a Spoolgun.. its far too cheap. Id keep my $500 in my pocket and keep saving. You're halfway to a Millermatic 180, which is a well known good machine.
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    biggest miller you can afford
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    damn, we should start our own forum
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