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Old 04-15-2015, 11:36 AM   #151
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Do you have an Airgas or other welding supply company handy?

They can actually get decent pricing, especially on floor models about once a year
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:44 AM   #152
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I do. I'll look into that option.
I may even be able to get a business discount/price since I have family working at a large local shop that buys a lot of equipment. I may be able to get one for their cost. I *may* even be able to afford a Miller in that case. But I definitely can't spend a ton of money.
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Old 04-15-2015, 12:04 PM   #153
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You might also want to check out the Tweco 141i it has a lot of bang for the buck.
Does weld, mig, and tig all on one machine.
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My 140 Lincoln has been a great welder, I bought it years ago

hooolllyyyy wow!! quick search...priced $200 more now!
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used to use a ton of tweco parts running a dept full of robotic welders.
That 141i does look like a pretty nice deal.
I think I'd rather get the Hobart 180 for that kind of money though as I don't need tig or stick capability.
Maybe I can find a deal on a used unit...
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My 140 Lincoln has been a great welder, I bought it years ago

hooolllyyyy wow!! quick search...priced $200 more now!
RK also has the Lincoln 140. Almost left with one but thought I could do better for the price.
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I personally would go Lincoln or Miller only because I have used both brands and not had a problem

I tried a buddies Esab (s/p) and it was garbage, wire speed control and power output were spotty and not consistent (it acted like it would over heat after 6 inches of weld, and start to spit and such)
he took it back and traded it and the next one did the same

at least the Lincoln and Miller have parts available about anywhere
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Just for the record --- I'll endorse Miller too. I have two of their 140 amp models, one of which is dual voltage. Quarter turn swaps plug ends and you have both ranges. I've welded 26 ga. stucco lath onto steel beams at one end and laid down deeply penetrated beads on 8", schedule 40 pipe with the dual voltage without a hiccup. Really sweet sizzle and does the work of most 180's.

You can save a few bucks by going with a Hobart. Hobart is simply Miller's budget product line. Good machines but without some of the bells, whistles and such. Some plastic used instead of steel here and there, but unless you are gonna' be doing production work day in and day out, fine for building several buses as well as many other backyard chores and light years ahead of the Chinese crap from Harbor Fright.

NOTE: attempting to weld really crappy WWII scrap body steel is a whole nuther matter. No welder made can compensate for the high levels of impurities in that @#!$%# stuff.

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Yeah that's why I was leaning more toward the Hobart- I'm a fan of Miller machines.
I think one of the 140's will be plenty of machine for what I'll be doing.
THANKS a lot for the feedback!!
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Go bigger on the welder. You will be glad you did.

Small under size welders suck. I made that mistake once.

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