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Old 03-24-2014, 08:28 AM
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Thanks for all the great advice guys! When I get a little closer to being able to pick one up I hit-up someone close to me for a trial run.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:01 AM
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Being a noob at welding as well I picked up a Lincoln Promig 140 a few years back. Runs off 120v, doesn't take up a bunch of space, has the ability to hook up a tank of gas to it, and was reasonably priced (~500). Has worked great for a few years and only ever needed to replace the tips.


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Old 03-24-2014, 11:05 AM
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I have a hobart 210 MVP I like very much. I'm learning as well.
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by nuclearlemon View Post
best advice i've gotten was from christo who told me never buy a cheap welder because they don't work and then you get frustrated and don't practice and he was right, i had two crappy welders (one i bought, one i won in a raffle) and i hated them. splurged for a millermatic175 after seeing how treeroot liked his and have been happily welding up stuff since then
agreed.. and with a cheap welder. you wont even know if your doing it right because it still produces a ****ty weld. there for more frustration
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:31 AM
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To learn more go to the Miller forums. They are great, you can upload a picture of your weld and pros pick them apart with constructive criticism. Also if you need help setting your welder up for a project they will help you. The forum is just like ours, ask and learn.

As mentioned practice but after learning myself the biggest item I found I should have spend more money on is the HOOD. Mostly for when you are welding under a truck, you can't always get the right angle for your head so the bigger viewing area the better. If you can't spend that much money all at once get a HF helmet and save for a top of the line Miller or ????

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Old 03-28-2014, 06:47 PM
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Prosise and I have an older miller 250x that is fantastic and has provisions for a spool gun. Handles everything I can throw at it including my rear bumper and sliders.

I think we picked it up for bit over a 1000 wich at the time was a great deal.
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