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Old 07-27-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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I see a lot of guys on here are pretty talented at diy stuff, building deer stands and what not, im building a stand right now with a borrowed machine and am looking into buying one. Any recommendations as to what to buy or what not to buy or what you guys have that you really like?
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:58 PM   #2
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Depends on your budget.
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:01 PM   #3
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The small lincolns in the $600-800 range are decent machines. I know a guy who has a Hobart from TSC and he likes it too. My boss likes his harbor freight but he is a cheapo and doesn't do much with it

My all time favorite was the Miller 350P I ran in Lubbock. But It's a bit much for odds and ends at home
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:03 PM   #4
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I found the Lincolns for sale at home depot package deal for like 330 bucks but its a 120. Didn't know if that would suffice for the jobs around the house or if I needed something bigger.
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:08 PM   #5
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I have a Lincolin 110. It will do light welding. I use the flux core wire. If I were to buy another it would have gas attachment and be a small 220v. Millers are good machines.
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:14 PM   #6
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Hobart Handler 140 with gas. TSC regularly runs them on sale for around $475
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:20 PM   #7
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Hobart Handler 140 with gas. TSC regularly runs them on sale for around $475
I assume that is plenty to be able to do anything a guy that cant weld can dream up?
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:34 PM   #8
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I assume that is plenty to be able to do anything a guy that cant weld can dream up?
Yes sir. Great machine. Easy to find consumable parts too.
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:37 PM   #9
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Yes sir. Great machine. Easy to find consumable parts too.
Thankyou for the info sir!
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:58 PM   #10
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I have a Hobart Handler I was thinking of getting rid of if your interested. But Dayton to Hallettsville is a Long way!!
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:10 PM   #11
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I have a Hobart Handler I was thinking of getting rid of if your interested. But Dayton to Hallettsville is a Long way!!
Shoot me a pm, maybe we can work something out. Its about 2 hours.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:10 PM   #12
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The 180 is a good size for an all around hobby type use. Hobart is a good value. I run Miller but its for some heavier welding.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:21 PM   #13
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I bought one of the little lincolns from a guy on here when he was moving and it serves me well for what I use it for. I use my miller bobcat for most things..question that should be asked is how thick of material are you looking to work with? the little one I have is just a 110 but I only use it on light gauge maybe up to 3/16'. on occasion I have used it on thicker but doesn't produce the results I like, but it will do it
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:53 PM   #14
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I have a Lincoln 120 and sure wish it was a Miller 140 with or without gas.
Have used both and the Miller is way mo betterer.
Never used a Hobart but I assume it's not any different than a lincoln.
My little Lincoln does a fair good job on stuff to 3/16".
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:09 PM   #15
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I just googled this.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co now owns Hobart. The two welders are not the same however. Hobart is a less expensive budget welder. Miller welders are still high end professional equipment you have to buy from a Welding Supply.
My guess is a Hobart will still be a step up from the lincoln
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:15 PM   #16
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http://store.cyberweld.com/

This site usually has good prices. I bought a full bottle of C25 from them and it came to my door like 3 days later.

Also, Northern Tool's line of welders is called "Klutch," they have a multi-process machine that's like the 220i or something. It will do MIG(and Flux Core, of course), Stick, and TIG. Very affordable and actually has decent reviews.

I was about to buy one when a co-worker sold me his Millermatic 185 instead.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:25 PM   #17
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http://store.cyberweld.com/

This site usually has good prices. I bought a full bottle of C25 from them and it came to my door like 3 days later.

Also, Northern Tool's line of welders is called "Klutch," they have a multi-process machine that's like the 220i or something. It will do MIG(and Flux Core, of course), Stick, and TIG. Very affordable and actually has decent reviews.

I was about to buy one when a co-worker sold me his Millermatic 185 instead.
I was looking at those Klutch machines earlier. Heard anything good or bad about them?
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:27 PM   #18
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I just googled this.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co now owns Hobart. The two welders are not the same however. Hobart is a less expensive budget welder. Miller welders are still high end professional equipment you have to buy from a Welding Supply.
My guess is a Hobart will still be a step up from the lincoln
Hmm, that's interesting. I was seeing good things about Hobart, may have to look more into that!
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:27 PM   #19
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:28 PM   #20
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I would reccomend you get a 220V unit over a 120V. Unless you have a dedicated circuit for a 120 V they lack b alls.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:28 PM   #21
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I bought a Hobart 210 MVP and I run shielding gas. It will handle anything I will ever do. Get ready to start buying a lot of metal. I build all kinds of crap I really don't need. Now things I used to build out of wood are now steel and will last forever.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:33 PM   #22
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Hmm, that's interesting. I was seeing good things about Hobart, may have to look more into that!
Don't buy too much into that BS. Hobart makes a good machine for what you are looking for.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:38 PM   #23
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Hobart 210 is my vote. It's both 110/220 rated, so with a small adapter you can run either or. I also have a Hobart 140 that never sees use anymore. It's a great machine for a dedicated 110, and gas makes it even better. The 210 is a much better home machine though. It allows you to connect to a 220 feed when you're looking for better penetration on thicker materials. I've built quite a bit on both of my machines so far. I also have a a Hypertherm PowerMax30 110/220 plasma cutter. Teamed together they make almost any home project a breeze.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:42 PM   #24
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