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Old 10-11-2016, 02:26 PM
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My father in law gave me an oxy/acetylene torch set which got me thinking about a welder. After looking around, I'm thinking an entry level MIG would be the best for me. I'm thinking that a gas/gas less setup would be ideal. Just looking to pick some brains. Thanks, Chris
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Fluxcore is your option for gasless and it's not ideal for much. Maybe thin mild steel. I'd suggest a system that allows the use of gas all day. It's smoother, more consistent and easier to control
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Fluxcore is your option for gasless and it's not ideal for much. Maybe thin mild steel. I'd suggest a system that allows the use of gas all day. It's smoother, more consistent and easier to control
Ditto, try and save up for a 220 machine if you can. As an owner of Hobart 140....I wish I'd saved up for a 120/240v machine such as the 210 MVP
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I learned on a lincoln sp135. IIRC I liked it. had a gasless machine at home and i hate it. Now i have a hobart Ironman 230 which i love. Also ran a Miller 250 in school and liked it quite a bit as well.

If id get an entry level machine id just grab a 110v gas mig welder. flux machines are frustrating IMO
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i have a millermatic 211 and really like it a lot. can be done either 110/220 and will do 035 wire
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i have a millermatic 211 and really like it a lot. can be done either 110/220 and will do 035 wire
Another vote for the MM 211. I go it because I didn't have access to a 220 plug, but wanted the option to run on 220. I really wanted the 252, but without access to the power to run it, it would have been useless.
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Thanks for the input. So many options out there!
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I have a 200 amp, 240 volt Lincoln MIG I bought at Home Depot. It will work with or without gas, and weld steel up to 1/4" thick. I've never used it without gas, only with Argon. It works great, and I'm a newbie welder!
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Any of the Miller Matic's would do you good. 100% C02 is cheap gas, gets good penetration but does not look as good as 75/25 ect.

i would arc weld before i used flux-core, unless your burning thick stuff.

Check out CyberWeld.com , they have good prices on just about everything.
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I have a Hobart handler 190 from tractor supply, it's a great welder for the average guy. Iirc they are 800$ish
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