Re: Mig Welders

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Posted by OnBelay ( on 22:14:13 10/21/11

In Reply to: Mig Welders posted by Igore

: 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?

I think either of the Hobarts would be preferable to the other possibilities listed. Not a fan of Northern Tools, and the Eastwood stuff is usually Pacific Rim sourced, with their name put on it...

If you can swing the money for the either Hobart, I think you would not be replacing the welder in a couple years because you outgrew it or it broke.

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