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Old 12-04-2017, 12:54 PM   #11
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Im very impressed with the Vulcan line at harbor freight. Reasonably priced and not cheap looking at all. Check youtube for reviews. If money is no object, go Miller
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:26 PM   #12
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Im very impressed with the Vulcan line at harbor freight. Reasonably priced and not cheap looking at all. Check youtube for reviews. If money is no object, go Miller
Which one? Am considering picking up a ProTIG 200 this winter.
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:53 PM   #13
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I have a Hobart Handler 187 mig and it's been a wonderful machine for several years now.

I had a brand new Miller 185 mig at the time that I won the Hobart. I welded several times with each side by side and decided to sell my new Miller and keep the Hobart. I liked welding with the Hobart better for some reason.
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My welder is a Millermatic 150. I've had it for 20 years.

My recommendation is not screw around with the flux cored wire. A regulator and a bottle of gas doesn't really cost all that much, and the results will be much, much better.

I also recommend getting a large enough welder to use a 220v power source, though I'm sure many will disagree.
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:37 PM   #15
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My welder is a Millermatic 150. I've had it for 20 years.

My recommendation is not screw around with the flux cored wire. A regulator and a bottle of gas doesn't really cost all that much, and the results will be much, much better.

I also recommend getting a large enough welder to use a 220v power source, though I'm sure many will disagree.
Depends on the intended or expected usage. A 220v welder needs a specific receptacle and not all have 220v in their workspace. If it's not already there then the extra cost of a 220v welder and the outlet increases the cost by quite a bit of you don't do your own electrical work. A 120v welder is fine for thinner material and shorter duty cycles.

Using gas is much better than flux but again increases the cost. Up here in Canada I use TSC for gas but there is a 350$ bottle deposit to pay and then you just swap them and pay gas cost.

The OP wants to start into welding, don't want to scare him off with a huge up front cost
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My welder is a Millermatic 150. I've had it for 20 years.

My recommendation is not screw around with the flux cored wire. A regulator and a bottle of gas doesn't really cost all that much, and the results will be much, much better.

I also recommend getting a large enough welder to use a 220v power source, though I'm sure many will disagree.
flux core wire is for welding in less than ideal conditions like outside in the wind. You cant weld outside very well with any wind at all with gas shield because the wind interferes with its shielding ability. Flux core isn't a cheap less high tech option. Its a legitimate welding method which has its place along with gas shield. Now if your always going to be onside a shop then gas shield all the way I say.

Oh and Ditto the 110v/220v machines. Dual voltage comes in handy.
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Could you post a pic, been looking for a good place to leave my shoes other than the picnic table? Whoops just noticed your pics!Thanks
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