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Old 12-11-2008, 10:28 AM
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What to look for in a MIG welder?

So im getting ready to purchase my first mig welding machine and im looking for dos and don't on what to look for.
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what are you going to be welding? thick stuff, thin stuff?

if you are welding thin any 120 welder will do, but IMO I would stick with linocn, hobart, or miller. You really do get what you par for. I also like machines that use gas over flux-core wire.

If you are going to be welding thicker metal 1/8 inch plus you really need a 220 volt welder.

as long as they have adjustable wire speend and voltage you should be good.
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Thin stuff, never welded before than a few handfuls. Mostly want to get my skill up to par so one day when I open shop or work for a company im more skilled. Will be automotive
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If you are only gonna do thin stuff,...I recommend buying a Tig machine,...
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I see why your a coastie now, didn't score high on the asvab in reading?
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:55 AM
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Snap.... Tank does have a point though.... TIG is really good for thin stuff. A whole lot easier to control the heat.

if you are only going to be doing thin stuff then a 120volt welder will be great. You can get some cracker jack welders from northern tool and the like, but like I said you do get what you pay for. You can pick up a good 120 miller that will accept argon for about 1100. Alot of times you can find good used ones on ebay or craigslist.
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Im just messin with Tank cause i know he can take it and not get hurt.

1100? They got em at Home Depot for less than 700
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they could be cheaper, Been a while since I priced any...
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Lincoln Electric Weld-Pak 175HD, 208/230-volt Wire Feeder Welder, Comes With Everything Needed To Weld Mild Steel - K2338-1 at The Home Depot

This one seems like a good deal. 600 bucks, it would be a good starter welder.
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Well its for just the machine not bottles, I dunno if ill get bottles instead of just flux cored wire, don't wanna move bottles around and etc for just starting
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