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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. SEAAIRE354
    Joined: Sep 7, 2015
    Posts: 243


    I’m blue through and through and as everyone has said Hobart is owned by Miller now and is a great machine. It seems the Miller has more bells and whistles an the Hobart is just the basics which is fine. I’ve put down some really nice welds with a friends Hobart. In my experience Millers customer support was always awesome but I heard they were stopping the phone line support. I’d be curious if anyone else has heard that. I’m not sure of the currant offerings but the inverter welders will definitely weld heaver material with less input. I have a Millermatic 211 that is rated to weld 1/4” at 110 volts and it does it pretty well. And come to think of it if your willing to spend the extra money on a duel voltage machine then you’ll have the capability of welding thicker material if you ever decide to put in a 220 outlet.

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  2. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,193

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,422


    My mig is a Miller I wouldn't trade it for any other brand
  4. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 8,388

    jimmy six

    Bought a 220v Hobart because it was little less $$ 10 yrs ago. Blend gas only. I only had some stick experience and a lot of oxy/act experience. Built and repair a circle track car with my son. The more we use it the better we get.
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  5. Terraizer
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
    Posts: 510


    Have had my HTP mig for over 20 years with no problems
  6. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,518

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    For me, always! Lol
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  7. Crosley
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,042

    from Aridzona

    Lincoln SP-100 unit. It has been bullet proof. I did replace the gun and lead about 12 yrs ago. I also have a Miller 211 machine 220v
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  8. lewk
    Joined: Apr 8, 2011
    Posts: 795

    from Mt

  9. mrharley51
    Joined: Sep 16, 2007
    Posts: 244


    Like seaair354, I'm blue through and through but if you are short funds consider the 135V Eastwood 110 machine. Smaller Tweco type torch. It is an affordable workhorse and Eastwood supports there welders about 300 bucks and a bottle for another 100..with a 3 year war.
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  10. SEAAIRE354
    Joined: Sep 7, 2015
    Posts: 243


    I agree with that. My brother is law has east wood tig and plasma units and loves them especially for the price. I would go that direction before a Harbor Freight machine especially considering the support they offer.

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  11. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,412

    from jackson nj

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  12. I like the red one (Lincoln). SP125 has been a work horse, as has been my 255.
    Red or blue, they’re all good machines. Pick the brand that has a good dealer/service nearby and enjoy your machine
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  13. What brand can you get parts for *locally* on a weekend ?
    That's the brand you should get.
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  14. I’ve got all Miller in my shop, mig and tig. The mig is really old and never missed a beat. My tig is a couple years old and not a single issue. I have 90% Miller at work but I do have one Lincoln mig and an otc. All of them work great. Honestly, red or blue doesn’t really matter. I’ve spent a couple of weeks at Lincoln electric this year and I can’t believe how amazing that place is.

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  15. Love;
    • Lincoln 110 wire feed on flux wire for building stuff like fence
    • Lincoln 110 wire feed on gas & 0.23 wire for car work
    • Lincoln 220 stick buzz box for serious thick steel work
    • Oxy/Acetylene for brazing, welding header tubing, etc.
    • Have HF TIG that only used once to weld stainless on Mysterion frame. Jury still out on whether I can get good at it and if I like it.
    • LOVE my HF plasma cutter. Greatest invention since Snickers bars!
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  16. Bill Rinaldi
    Joined: Mar 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,831

    Bill Rinaldi

    On the miller/hobart band wagon. When I was fabricating heavy stuff I used to tack it up with a little Miller 110, and run it over tp a Bud who would weld up what I needed with his 220 Miller. Worked well for me, since then I have up graded to my own 220 Miller, but still like the little guy for welding sheet metal/body work. Bill
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  17. wackdaddy
    Joined: Nov 11, 2015
    Posts: 200


    Miller 130 rocks for light duty work. I purchased a Lincoln 180 last year for the heavier stuff...but IMHO it is light years behind the Miller's performance.
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  18. fordor
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 36

    from Finland

    I vote for Kemppi
  19. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,815


    I too have a lincoln sp100 and love it. There's also a "weld-pac" 100 but it doesn't have the infinitely variable settings like the SP.

    There's not much you can't do on a car build with a good 110 mig. I think a lot of the guys who insist on a 220 aren't doing due diligence with prep work and use the extra power as a crutch. Seems like many on this thread have had great results with good quality 110 machines like i have. 30 amp breaker is a good idea though.

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  20. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,402


    Miller, Lincoln or Hobart won't get you laughed out of the welding supply store when you need repairs or parts. One local welding supply sells miller, the other one sells Lincoln and the farm and ranch store sells Hobart. Hobart is normally marketed through farm and ranch supply stores though and that gives them their own market.
    I had the cash saved waiting for a Hobart 140 to come on sale at the local outlet when my Lincoln 175 came up on Craigslist for a price I couldn't turn down and my son thought I had bought a new out of the box welder when he saw and tried it.
    As far as Lincoln or Miller it may depend on which local welding supply you like to go to as much as blue or red. Even for a 110 machine having the service guy at the welding supply know you bought the machine there is worth a couple of points in your favor when it comes to getting service on the machine.

    I'd agree on the wire you buy for it. I usually buy 10 lb spools from the same place I get my gas for the welder and my torch from. They usually ask what I plan to do with it and sell me the one that they believe will suit my needs the best.
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  21. siouxindian
    Joined: Nov 29, 2012
    Posts: 25


    built a 1950 2 door mercury with a century welder.but i like Lincoln a little bit better.
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  22. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    Me too. That's why I need help when I need to take a leak.
  23. I have the Miller 220, love it can run 110 or 220. I have also owned a Lincoln 110 both are quality. Cant speak for Hobart
  24. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,615


    I can't believe only one guy has an HTP, thought they were a very popular machine.o_O
  25. falconsprint63
    Joined: May 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,359

    from Mayberry

    Had a flux core lincoln for better than a decade. Served me well. I got good with it. Upgraded to a miller 211 dual a couple years back. It welds light years better--not because it's blue but because of the addition of gas. Buy a goos quality unit and you can't go wrong. I like the dual for the 220 capabilities. Works anywhere.

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  26. :rolleyes:

    B en
  27. aerocolor
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,181

    from dayton

    Hobart 140 but if you can pay double, buy the Miller 211 or 215.
    All are great machines.
  28. finn
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 761


    Another HTP here. Mine is pushing 35 years old and has been flawless. I bought it shortly after Jeff opened the company. I think it was his first 120v prototype, so he made me a great deal.

    I prefer it over my 240v Miller. Much smoother and easier to weld sheet metal with the HTP.

    I also have a TIG setup from HTP.

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