Mig Welders

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Posted by Igore ( on 14:51:39 10/21/11

Just about anything mechanical is known by someone on this board. I have a Dodge pickup with a rotted out door bottom that would be a good project for learning how to weld body work. The cost savings if I could put a new lower skin on myself would justify buying a pretty good MIG welder.

I am fairly good at structural stick welding and want to move up to a MIG welder for auto body, project fabrication, and eventually welding aluminum. The steel welding, besides body panels, is mainly angle, plate and square and round tubing up to 1/4" thick. I have the tombstone for anything thicker. The aluminum welding would be mainly tubing, angles, some thicker plate and so on.

I know many here say to get first class tools, but I have a hard time justifying the cost of a Miller or Lincoln unit. The next layer down on the list can be justified.

I have 220 in the garage for my Lincoln tombstone and air compressor, so it is no problem to go with a 220 welder.

I've narrowed it down to the following units:

Hobart Handler 190 with spool gun, made by Miller, $849
Hobart Handler 210 with spool gun, made by Miller, $899
Northern Tools 200 Hybred Mig/Stick with spool gun. $640
Eastwood 175 with spool gun, $500

Any opinions on any of these? Other recommendations?

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