In market for budget welder

WFM

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WFM, you can list all 5 welders on your implement list !!! ;)
sorry just saw this: Miller syncrowave 250 using a water cooler torch.
Miller syncrowave 180 using a water cooled torch.
Miller Diversion 180 air cooled torch.
Millermatic 210
Lincoln 125 with gas.
ThermoDynamics 51
please remember D2cat i'm just a hobbyest. No formal training for anything.
 
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D2Cat

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L305DT, B7100HST, TG1860, TG1860D, L4240
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sorry just saw this: Miller syncrowave 250 using a water cooler torch.
Miller syncrowave 180 using a water cooled torch.
Miller Diversion 180 air cooled torch.
Millermatic 210
Lincoln 125 with gas.
ThermoDynamics 51
please remember D2cat i'm just a hobbyest. No formal training for anything.
WFM, I just enjoy keeping things "moving". Some threads are entertaining just by their nature, like list your implements. I always think of guys telling how they lost all their firearms in a boating accident, but want to report other tools. Or, what did you do with/on your Kubota today. The contractors who show their jobs is much different then "I waxed my tractor". No offense meant to anyone. ;)
 

WFM

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L3800
Apr 5, 2013
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Porter Maine
WFM, I just enjoy keeping things "moving". Some threads are entertaining just by their nature, like list your implements. I always think of guys telling how they lost all their firearms in a boating accident, but want to report other tools. Or, what did you do with/on your Kubota today. The contractors who show their jobs is much different then "I waxed my tractor". No offense meant to anyone. ;)
Certainly no offence taken here. If I was bragging it was not intended. Can anyone really have to many welders or firearms or implements.,,,,,
 
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coast40

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L2250, Bobcat 331, Mitsubishi BD2J
May 16, 2022
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low/high settings and wire speed knob - it's at least 10 years old and was only $70 back then. It works for what I've needed to do (repair mesh on trailer, weld some 3/16" flat and 1/4" flat.) I will mostly be working on > sheet metal and <= 1/4".
A 110 MIG ( Metal Inert Gas) is great for sheetmetal, better with 75/25 gas, though CO2 will work. Lincoln SP100-140 with fully variable settings (not 4 presets), at a minimum 4 presets on power. Miller, Hobart, Esab and most every brand have similar models. I use my 40 year old SP100 for sheetmetal with 75/25. You will have cleaner welds and less warpage with MIG, and better control with variable wire speed and power.
.025 wire for sheetmetal, .030 or maybe .035 for heavier stuff. An autodarkening helmet is a must.
Changing wire and tips every time you change from sheetmetal to 3/16 is a pain.
You could get a 220v MIG later on when you are ready to move up.

https://knoxville.craigslist.org/tls/d/loudon-hobart-mig-welder-125/7492965167.html
https://nashville.craigslist.org/tls/d/gallatin-hobart-handler-125-mig-welder/7489685634.html


I have:
Lincoln SP100 MIG
Esab Migmaster 250
Lincoln SP200 Mig
Miller Syncrowave 250 TIG
Miller AC/DC 230 amp arc
Hypertherm Powermax 30XP Plasma cutter
 
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Daferris

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If your into road racing or Solo/Autocross and or rally's consider joining the SCCA at www.scca.com
One perk of membership is the ability to purchase used Lincoln equipment that was on loan to various pro race teams and or race tracks. The available equipment changes based on what is in stock but the do have a 90 day warranty and are considerably cheaper than new.
 
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Dave Ogren

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BX23S w/FEL &BH &60" Mowing Deck, 48" Dirty Dog Box Blade, 48" Tar River Tiller,
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I bought a Lincoln AC stick welder new 54 years ago to learn. (still have it) That was the beginning of my business. All self taught My opinion the only way to go.