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I like my Lincoln power mig 216. I would have bought something with digital control but this was a deal i couldn't turn down.
 

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Find a good used Miller xmt 304 cc/cv model with a spool gun/controller for aluminum and you can weld everything. It will do dc gtaw, gmaw and smaw. Just need a a tig torch with the gas valve on it to do scratch start tig. Plus, it's an inverter so it comes in a decent size package. I see them all the time on CL for way less than what they go for new. Here is an example of one in VA that comes with spoolgun, wc-24 controller and tig torch for 1500.

http://norfolk.craigslist.org/tls/4468874458.html

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Check out the new miller multimatic I bought one a while back and for occasional fab work in the garage you can't go wrong it's a multiprocess machine. I weld for a living in the aerospace industry and have used many machines. For the garage the multimatic was my choice
 

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The Miller Multimatics are cool but just not enough balls for thicker aluminum (running a spool gun). That's why I like the xmt due to its higher output rating and better duty cycle. I see these all the time for dirt cheap on CL. Just have to make sure it is a cc/cv model as cv is required for mig operation.
 

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Hello. I am getting a welding machine. which one do you guys suggest? I want to be able to do bodywork as well as welding on bag brackets and stuff. I just need to know what size and brand to get. thanks a lot
 
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Hello. I am getting a welding machine. which one do you guys suggest? I want to be able to do bodywork as well as welding on bag brackets and stuff. I just need to know what size and brand to get. thanks a lot
Are you wanting to do Steel only? Aluminum as well? Stainless?

For Steel only and geared towards body work and metals 5/16" thick or less a 95 amp welder is enough. You want gas for cleaner welds.

I have a small miller but it is so old they probably don't make it anymore. I also have a stick welder for anything over 1/4" that I do.
 
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There are lots of options for small welders, lots of multi voltage machines. Stick with known brand Hobart 200, or 211, Miller 211. These are good machines for the garage
 

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I am by no means a good welder, But i have a few friends that do it for a living in all different kinds of work and there damn good at it, they make it look easy lol. But most have said for smaller garage/shop machines there fans of Miller, For big rig welding machines there fans of Lincoln.

I personally have Miller in my shop for MIG/TIG and Stick ad can say there machines are damn nice. But price wise a Vulcan or Hobart or even Everlast are still really well made even YES welders I've heard good things about.
 

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Lincoln Electric Square Wave TIG Welder is really a great machine for a hobbyist, or even a low production shop. The fact that it is 110 and 220v makes it extremely portable, and you're not limited to using it in a certain area(albeit, it will be at a lower amperage). I agree with the other reviews... if you are looking at a 900 dollar welder, go ahead and get this Lincoln. Full warranty for 3 years, IIRC; although most likely you will never need it.

There are a couple of cons even though I gave it a 5 star review. The pulse feature is limited to 20PPS. Usually, this is fine, but if you are really trying to control heat on thin metal, it would be nice to have more adjustability in the waveform(it's currently locked at 50%) and a higher PPS. 99.9% of people will never notice this. As other mentioned, the HF start pulse is probably over 10amps, and on super thin sheet metal this might be problematic. It would be nice to have some adjustability here.

That said.... if you want those 2 very small quibbles, you can step up to the Miller at almost 3X the cost.
 
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