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Posted: 11/1/2015 8:36:18 PM EST
Looking to do some light welding, 1/8 inch plate perhaps the occasional 1/4 inch plate. I have found a ton of used welders on Craigslist, which one (brand) should I get (or avoid).

budget: $200-$300 bucks for a used one.

Thanks ahead of time .
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 8:39:10 PM EST
Miller, Lincoln, and Hobart are usually a pretty good bet ;)
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 8:40:41 PM EST
Miller
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 8:43:31 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Casval214:
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This. I've used a ton of Lincoln's, and owned two. Used a ton of Miller's and owned one. Miller is where it's at. For SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, and GTAW.
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:01:10 PM EST
Lincoln Tombstone.
Solid machine
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:05:31 PM EST
Lincoln 225/125 AC/DC is what you are after, should be able to find one for around $300 (if you are patient). You can find a straight AC225 machine for around $150, but its worth the extra $150 to have a DC capable machine.
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:16:02 PM EST
In the seventy five years our family has been in the welding business, we always have the best luck with Miller.

Lincoln, Hobart... we burned them up.
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:19:11 PM EST
In before keithj recommends some ridiculous tig machine
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:19:21 PM EST
I have the Lincoln (tombstone) For what little I do it has been fine. AC model. It was around $200.
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:21:23 PM EST
Nothing lighter than 1/8"?
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:22:56 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Jason280:
Lincoln 225/125 AC/DC is what you are after, should be able to find one for around $300 (if you are patient). You can find a straight AC225 machine for around $150, but its worth the extra $150 to have a DC capable machine.
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This. All you need to burn is a 1/8" 6010 and a 3.32" 7018.


Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:30:58 PM EST
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I recently went on the hunt for a welder to learn on stuff 1/4" or thinner. This week, I picked up a new (though plugged in on day of purchase so seller could run a bead to prove it works) Lincoln 110V 140A wirefeed FCAW/MIG unit with a Harbor Freight auto-darkening helmet. It was $350-375, a bit higher than your top price but there are better deals out there if you're quick. It's one of the tapped power control units, but should suit my beginner needs fine. Just a thought if you're not dead set on stick and are looking to weld thinner metals, as it gives the option of using flux or gas.

I haven't run any welder since my friend and I hijacked his dad's old tombstone back in high school to make a quick project. This could get interesting.
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:37:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By shasta69:
In the seventy five years our family has been in the welding business, we always have the best luck with Miller.

Lincoln, Hobart... we burned them up.
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LOL
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 10:47:21 PM EST
Can't go wrong with a Miller inverter or the PowCon is based on.
Link Posted: 11/1/2015 11:02:41 PM EST
Lincoln, Hobart... we burned them up.
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I have never heard of anyone burning up a Lincoln tombstone stick machine...
Link Posted: 11/2/2015 7:10:08 AM EST
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Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Nothing lighter than 1/8"?
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Good point, likely to do some sheet metal from time to time.
Link Posted: 11/2/2015 7:25:07 AM EST
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I have never heard of anyone burning up a Lincoln tombstone stick machine...
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Originally Posted By Jason280:
Lincoln, Hobart... we burned them up.


I have never heard of anyone burning up a Lincoln tombstone stick machine...

There is a burnt-out tombstone in the corner where I work.


To be fair we have 2 people that can break anything.

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Link Posted: 11/2/2015 7:59:29 AM EST
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I have never heard of anyone burning up a Lincoln tombstone stick machine...
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Originally Posted By Jason280:
Lincoln, Hobart... we burned them up.


I have never heard of anyone burning up a Lincoln tombstone stick machine...



I'm still using the one my uncle won at an FFA competition in 1967.
Link Posted: 11/2/2015 8:09:45 AM EST
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Originally Posted By hockeysew:
Lincoln Tombstone.
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This. Get the AC/DC

We also have a tig set up we use with it
Link Posted: 11/2/2015 8:22:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By Blackoperations:
Looking to do some light welding, 1/8 inch plate perhaps the occasional 1/4 inch plate. I have found a ton of used welders on Craigslist, which one (brand) should I get (or avoid).

budget: $200-$300 bucks for a used one.

Thanks ahead of time .
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At $200 to $300 get one with DC capability.
I have an older Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC, a family friend gave me a good deal at $100, but the Lincoln or Hobart equivalent would work fine too.
Link Posted: 11/2/2015 8:25:48 AM EST
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Good point, likely to do some sheet metal from time to time.
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Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Nothing lighter than 1/8"?


Good point, likely to do some sheet metal from time to time.




You should look for a MIG setup.
Link Posted: 11/2/2015 11:58:54 AM EST
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Good point, likely to do some sheet metal from time to time.
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Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Nothing lighter than 1/8"?


Good point, likely to do some sheet metal from time to time.

110 wire feed for that.
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