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Old 10-21-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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Exclamation Best Buget Welder To Buy?

Finally getting to replacing rockers, and such on my 68 C20, and need to buy a welder.

What kinda welder do ya'll think would be great for general body work and such... i'm on a budget and can't spend much, Brand and info on the welder would be very helpful..
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: Best Buget Welder To Buy?

Right now Tractor Supply has the Hobart Handler 140 on sale. It's a good welder capable of doing 1/4 thickness. You can grow into that and get by for a long time.

I used a Little Lincoln 100 amp machine for 15 years. It's a good machine, but limited on thicker material. Now, I have a 250 amp Miller too. It's great for up to 1/2 inch thick steel, but I still keep my little Lincoln around with .023 wire for welding thin stuff like patch panels.
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:59 PM   #3
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Re: Best Buget Welder To Buy?

I have a little 110 Cebora mig that uses Argon, works fine for sheetmetal.
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I have a 110 volt Lincoln Weldpak 3200 HD, great for bodywork.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:49 PM   #5
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Re: Best Buget Welder To Buy?

This is what I got and I love it. Body work and frame work. Mig or flux core. I think it's a good all around welder.

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:16 PM   #6
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Re: Best Buget Welder To Buy?

I bought the hobart handler 140 from northern tools and equipment for $470.00 w/ regulator.You can weld with it as is with flux core wire.The only extra cost is the bottle and gas but not required..Everyone thats used my welder loves it.

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Old 10-21-2009, 09:05 PM   #7
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Re: Best Buget Welder To Buy?

what do you all think about stick welder types?
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Insanely difficult/impossible to do bodywork with a stick welder. Get a MIG.
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Re: Best Buget Welder To Buy?

hobart handler here to 140. bought used for 200 dollars. ive tried using a stick welder one time didnt work to good. i like the wire better.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:20 PM   #10
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Try trolling the local craigslist.org for a decent used MIG setup, and/or a gas bottle. Do some research first. The gas bottles have dates stamped in the top flange and you can't easily exchange them if they're out of date.

As far as exchanging goes, it may vary by the gas company. I bought 3 off the internet and exchanged them w/o a problem, but years ago had trouble exchanging tanks I bought at an auction.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:24 PM   #11
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so what guage is most of the 67-72 trucks sheetmetal?
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so what guage is most of the 67-72 trucks sheetmetal?
18 and 20 gauge. IIRC
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I've seen it tried and it warps the crap out of sheetmetal. Like trying to hammer a finishing nail into your nice kitchen cabinets with a 50 pound sledgehammer.
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I can do it on my best day but it's the worst choice if all welding types for this job.
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I can do it on my best day but it's the worst choice if all welding types for this job.
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Good for frame work though.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:35 PM   #16
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Hobart Handeler 175 and It works Great.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:38 PM   #17
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Re: Best Buget Welder To Buy?

have a hobart 125 handler used it 3 to 4 times in one year and it burned up the control board! not happy. saposeably lincoln makes it just with cheaper componets. Save some headaches and get a lincoln or miller and be done with it. got several of both at work and dont have any problems em. just my 2 cents
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:41 PM   #18
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love my lincoln mig/wire...... doesnt have the gas setup on it but i wish it did. found the gas setup for 140$ in phoenix but never bought it... my welder has payed for itself 100x over......
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Lincoln 175plus. It is a 220 volt machine, good for 3/16 single pass. I use it with 100% Co2 and .023 wire most of the time. I get awesome results with it. I've had it like 5 years now. I think you can get one or the current model equivalent at Blowes or Home Depot.
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I have a 110 volt Lincoln Weldpak 3200 HD, great for bodywork.
I have this one also, great little welder!
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Re: Best Buget Welder To Buy?

I've got a Lincoln WeldPak 100 (or something like that) and it works great. I was curious if you HAVE to run gas when doing patch work? I don't have regulator set up and just do flux. It's all I've done (self taught) and my practice patches seem to be good. Just curious.
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I've got a Lincoln WeldPak 100 (or something like that) and it works great. I was curious if you HAVE to run gas when doing patch work? I don't have regulator set up and just do flux. It's all I've done (self taught) and my practice patches seem to be good. Just curious.
Fluxcore will leave slag/residue which can come back to haunt you when you go to paint.
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I've got a Lincoln WeldPak 100 (or something like that) and it works great. I was curious if you HAVE to run gas when doing patch work? I don't have regulator set up and just do flux. It's all I've done (self taught) and my practice patches seem to be good. Just curious.
That's the same machine I have. It's an old one, bought in the early 90s. Trust me on this, buy a bottle and conversion kit. You will come back here and thank me. If you're good with flux core, you will weld like Jessie James with MIG conversion. It's night and day. With the gas, you can run the little .023 wire which is perfect for sheetmetal.
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That's the same machine I have. It's an old one, bought in the early 90s. Trust me on this, buy a bottle and conversion kit. You will come back here and thank me. If you're good with flux core, you will weld like Jessie James with MIG conversion. It's night and day. With the gas, you can run the little .023 wire which is perfect for sheetmetal.
Thanks guys. I was afraid of that but its another reason to buy more stuff!!
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Bought the Handler 140 from tractor supply, got a smoking deal on it because they had an additional offer if you signed up with a new e-mail address. Love it, MIG is the only way to go. Used a stick welder for years, wished I had made the plunge to MIG a long time ago.
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