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Technical 110V mig welder w/gas what's your vote ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kyotb8, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. kyotb8
    Joined: Aug 19, 2011
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    I've decided to get a 110V mig with a gas bottle, NOT the flux wire model. I want to know what some of you guys think...Miller. Lincoln, Hobart, Forney ? Others ? NO not doing 220, have 2, 20 amp 110v plugs in garage now. One for compressor, one for future welder ! Your input is appreciated !!!


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  2. I love my little Miller..that's my vote
     
  3. RMONTY
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    I've had the Hobart Handler 140 for 6 years....nary a single problem. It welds anything I need it to but I'm old and can't pick up heavy stuff anymore.
     
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  4. Love my Miller......but Hobart is made by Miller and a lot less $$$$$$
     
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  5. ABONES
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    I've got a Lincoln SP100 that's 30 tears old. never any problems with it. I say Lincoln ,Miller or Hobart.
     
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  6. Dan in Pasadena
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    Mine’s a Hobart 140 too and though I’m a crappy welder it makes me look, well...less crappy

    I use it for sheet metal rust repair. ArCO2 gas.
     
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  7. BJR
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    I have a Hobart Handler 120 I bought 15 or 20 years ago. Love that I can move it around the shop and plug it in anywhere.
     
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  8. deathrowdave
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    Ill second the Hobart , handler . I have had mine for 20 years , I can weld the crack of Dawn , with it ! No issues . Replaced one liner , and torch , just worn out . Like the welder himself


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  9. cracker head
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    I’ve got one I use a bunch.

    I should’ve just bought a TIG and learned how to use it.....
     
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  10. tubman
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    I had a friend who was a union pipe fitter for years. He had 3 or 4 welders, but said he always used his Hobart Handler 140 unless there was a good reason to use something else. I have the 220 volt version and have to agree with him.
     
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  11. So you’re saying it’s Miller time?


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  12. VANDENPLAS
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    I have a miller side kick I bought about 10 years ago for $100 bucks with the gas meter gauge and a spool if wire

    Use it a lot, welds good , but only thin stuff, floors , brackets , body panels etc.

    I use it at work as well but nothing thicker then 3/8ths I don’t trust I’m getting a solid weld with 110 on anything thicker

    I have a 220v old Hobart that’s awesome on the big stuff
    And an old lincolin arc welder as well

    All bought cheap on my local inter webs classified sites

    $100 for the miller
    $200 for the Hobart ( with gauge and a 50 foot extension cord )
    And the lincolin was $50 at a garage sale so it followed me home also .

    Any of the name brands are good just watch your duty cycle as the 110 stuff it’s low and the cheap brands are almost useless
     
  13. Sporty45
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    I too have a Hobart Handler 140. I love this machine. it does everything I ask of it, but I don't do any heavy welding. I mostly use it for sheet metal, but have done a bit on my frame with it, like boxing plates and brackets.
     
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  14. I like the Century wire feeds. The one I have is discontinued, but the current model is the FC90. The feature I like is it has infinite adjustment on both wire speed and voltage, so you can really 'tune' it for the best weld. Most have adjustment on wire speed, but only 'steps' for voltage. Mine is 20+ years old, been trouble-free...
     
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  15. BLACK STUDE
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    Lincoln is my vote, had my sp-100 for probably 25 yrs. I also have a 220 volt machine, but it just collects dust.
     
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  16. nobux
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    I bought a Miller 211 last fall. It is awesome. With my old tool truck MIG, I had to work at getting a good bead. With the Miller, it's effortless. Just dial in the metal thickness and squeeze the trigger.
     
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  17. kyotb8
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    WOW. Thanks for all the quick replies. I've got a good idea now. Got a "friend" that may get me a little"deal" on a new Hobart ! This forum is the greatest ! I appreciate all the replies. !!!


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  18. Chappy444
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    I have an old miller-matic...love it
     
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  19. treb11
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    I've got a 140 Miller I bought used and its works pretty good. I've only run flux core through it so far. finally got a bottle and expect weld quality to go up. Coupla things:
    1) 20 amp won't cut it, you WILL be tripping the breaker if you weld for any length of time. 30 amp needed
    2) use only quality US made or European wire. Chinese crap wire will give crap results. Many welding threads on here confirming this.
    3) if you have no formal training in welding, GET SOME. continuing education class, welding school, community college, welding supplier seminar. technique is almost everything, joint fitup/preparation is the rest
     
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  21. anthony myrick
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    I have a Hobart handler
    Welds great
    We have a lot of blue welders at school and 1 red one we don’t like
     
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  23. RMONTY
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    I've done trailer repair with my Hobart. I replaced the bullnose hitch on a buddy's trailer and with some quick prep that thing is burned in and burned in good. It was almost at its limit for a 110 volt machine but as I said, 10 mins of prep and it is NOT coming off there. I use his trailer more than he does so I wanted to be sure! ;)
     
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  24. kyotb8
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    Thanks for the tips, I'll look into the wire size and breaker in the box for the supply of the plug. I didn't know that about the Chinese wire. i had 2 body shop classes where we got some basics, and I have a friend that's a TRUE professional. Of course, tig is his choice, but I will only do some body work and maybe some 10 gage. I appreciate your input.


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  25. RMONTY
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    I buy wire at Tractor Supply....not the HF place. I bought HF once and now use what's left of that spool to hang stuff up to paint. You would not believe the difference!
     
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  26. Have a Lincoln SP100, bought it used 20 years ago. Still going.
     
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  27. kabinenroller
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    I have a Lincoln 140c that works well but I prefer to use my Lincoln 180 tig for most jobs. Wire just does not penetrate like a tig.
    Jim
     
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  28. Vanness
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    Almost same story. Maybe 18 years. ....
     
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  29. bigdog
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    My little Lincoln is at least 30 years old, never a bit of trouble with it.
     
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  30. LM14
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    from Iowa

    Got a Lincoln 125SP Plus in 1993 that still works fine. Had a LOT of wire thru it in those years.
    SPark
     
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