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Old 06-09-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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so for fathers day i wanted to get my dad a 120 volt MIG welder, i was looking at Lincoln Electric Pro MIG 140-Amp Welder because i have used this welder before and liked it. it wont be used for very thick steel, mostly sheet metal. if any of you have used this welder how do u like it?

Im kinda on a budget of around 550, i dont want to go any higher than that if i can, i understand that i will still need a bottle and other bits an pieces as well.

so i was wondering if there are any other options out there i can look at without going over budget?
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I have a Lincoln 135 and it welds great. Been using it for years with zero issues.
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also look at the hobart 140 welder.tractor supply sells them for a good price.
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What redA4 said... My 135 gets used frequently, and has had no failures for about 6 yrs...
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Any of the above would be fine.....but go with the gas....Flux core wire SUCKS.
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yea im def going with the gas, thanks for the help guys
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just out of curiosity can you use a nitrous tank for a welding tank?

i have a 15lb nitrous tank lying around and was just wondering if you can use it for welding?
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^^^The valves are different on the bottles, so I doubt it. You would have to ge to a welding supply and ask them if they could make it work. +1 for the hobart I bought mine new for $480.00 and it welds like butter!
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what kind of wiring, amperage and fuse box do you have in your garage?if you have circuit breakers and 40 amps ,you can wire in a 220volt out let for a bigger welder .then you can look at some thing like a hobart 187 welder.you never regret buying the biggest welder you can afford.
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MIG 140 will handle all of your general purpose fabrication. I love mine!
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I use my Lincoln 140c all the time without issues.
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I love my Hobart 140, never had a problem with it
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Hobart 140 was my learner welder, still have it 7 years later and use it for exhausts. It's an awesome welder! Upgraded from the hobart.
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Ive got the 140, was the bigger of the two mig's that lowes had. Always worked great for me.

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Did you go through with purchasing before father's day? If not and you can find a way to get 220V in your father's garage I would look at the Hobart 187. It is on sale right now for $550 at TSC.

On a side note I have had the Lincoln 100 or 125 for 7 or 8 years. I've never had a problem with it and it will work fine for what you intend to do. The 140 will do any basic fab work.

I may sell my Lincoln and pick up the Hobart before the sale ends though. I can probably sell my Lincoln with the regulator, extra tips and liner, etc and have the Hobart cost me less than about $200. It is certainly a better welder.
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Hobart is better than Lincoln. I hate the budget 115v machines.. I don't want to weld on "HI" or "LOW" or "A, B, C, D". The duty cycle sucks and their welds are sub-par. Go with the hobart, or if you can swing it, the Millermatic 140, both with gas, rather than flux core. Flux-core is good to have if you ever need to weld outdoors, or in the wind, or on dirty metal (Tongue breaks off a friends trailer, etc..) so keep a small roll around if the liner supports it.
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