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    Welder?

    Trying to decide whether to go with a stick welder or wire feed.
    I'm thinking portability, like the Hobart handler 140.
    115 volts could come in very handy.
    What are you using?
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    I use a millermatic 140 it is a great machine that I got for a steal... If you go the MIG route, don't go flux core. Use a shielding gas instead...


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    I have both and find myself using with the mig. I love the portability of the wire feed and they are so versatile. I also have an old gas powered stick welder on one of our job trailers. I still find myself grabbing the wire feed.

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    I do have a bobcat 225 diesel, but I only use it as a backup generator... Don't like stick welding nearly as much as mig or tig


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    We have a mig and a tig set up at the shop, both Miller. I carry a Metal Man inverter arc welder on the truck. I prefer mig or tig every day of the week, but I find a small arc welder to be way more portable. I use the stick when I have to do something in the field but anything I can take back to the shop, I do. I would much rather weld at the shop with a nice big rig, but give me a little stick welder and some 7014 rods and I can fix most things that need fixed in the field.
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    It really depends on what you will be welding.

    I have a Lincoln SP170 and I love it, I also have a Lincoln 225 stick machine, when I am feeling adventurous, I break out the Thermal Arc 161...

    I have built trailers, done body work on 4X4's, made an outdoor portable BBQ, it really depends on what you will be working on.

    I have the capacity to do stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, mild steel, chrome-moly... Pretty much anything.
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    Been doing some research on longevity

    http://www.longevity-inc.com/checkout/cart/

    Decent money for a set and spool gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamersoutdoor View Post
    Been doing some research on longevity

    http://www.longevity-inc.com/checkout/cart/

    Decent money for a set and spool gun.

    Looks to me like your cart is MT...
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    cant post links to a cart...the cookies dont carry over
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    I have a cheapo harbor freight stick welder.

    I don't weld much, but the ability to do so to repair a bracket or something is great.

    Welder would fit in a largeish lunch box.

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    I have a Lincolin Precision Tig 185 (stick/Tig) that I still need to learn how to properly use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I have a cheapo harbor freight stick welder.

    I don't weld much, but the ability to do so to repair a bracket or something is great.

    Welder would fit in a largeish lunch box.

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    I almost went with that one jp. Great reviews, and people posting videos on YouTube working it (harbor freight 80 amp arc inverter).
    But after deciding on stick/tig, I ended up purchasing this one for the tig capabilities and being dual voltage

    http://everlastwelders.net/powerarc-140st/
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    I bought a Lincoln 'Ranger 8' gas stick welder to use as a generator back in 1999 (Y2K crises), the Kohler V2 engine has about 100 hours on it. Stick welding has the dis-advantage of not being viable on thin material... however for heavier work it is great. I agree, the 7014 rods are great! I keep some 6013's around for simple stuff like welding a bracket onto a trailer.

    Have been meaning to get into MIG and TIG... just never got around to it... Probably will do TIG, as the aircraft stuff I am doing as a hobby now, TIG is preferred.

    Anyone have a good suggestion for a moderately priced TIG rig, including gas, for light gauge metals?
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