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I'm thinking of buying a portable mig welder Is it going to be worth it for what it cost...

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Old 03-17-2008, 03:40 PM
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I'm thinking of buying a portable mig welder
Is it going to be worth it for what it cost ($400.00)

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Hi Chris, When you say portable.. do you mean carry and plug in and weld ? I've been told some are very good for the money with light jobs in mind. My brother bought a Harbor Freight wire box for light work and he is not tickled with it but it dose the job. I have no clue what the cost range is for the better machines. Someone will chime in with the scoop I'm sure. Randy
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Yes Randy plug in, carry, weld

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What are you going to be welding? I prefer a TIG welder if it is just small jobs (under 1/4 in thick), you have much more control over heat and bead thickness. I have welded cast iron with a TIG with some pretty good results (gotta preheat and slow cool). Just my 2 Cents.
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Buy A Name Brand Like Miller,lincoln Or Thermal Arc. That Way You Can Get Tips And Repair Parts.you Want A Mig Welder. Tig Is Slow And You Do Not Build Trailers And Such With Tig. Get At Least 100 Amp Machine.decide If You Want To Be Able To Plug Into 120 Volt Outlet Or A 230 Volt. 120 Volt 1oo Amp Will Handle Most Shop Projects Just Fine. I Have Mig,tig And Stick In My Shop And 99 Percent Of The Time I Use My Lincoln Sp100 Wire Welder With Fluxcore Wire{no Gas}if You Want To Weld 1/2" Plate You Will Need More Than 100 Amps So Think About What You Will Actually Be Welding Because The Higher Amp Machines Get More Costly Quick.
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Ya,what Danny said.I bought a second hand mig and am having more fun then I could have emagined.
I was never a welder but I can be pretty handy knowing my limitations.I still take critical jobs to a pro but for the kids go-cart and all those broken cast iron projects...Oh boy.
Get one and start the fun
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I've found cast Iron to be an art in itself. My Uncle taught me a whole lot about cast. 45 years in the Ont. bush welding for log camps and mines.
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Default Re: Mig welder

I love my Millermatic 135. It has been followed up with the 140. It is a 110v machine. It is limited to thinner stuff, less than 1/4". As with any welder you need to understand the limits of the machine and use proper welding techniques. If you haven't done it, get a book on welding and study up on prep and setup necessary to make good welds.

For heavier welding at a reasonable cost it's hard to beat a good used 220v stick welder. The small ones will push what can be called portable but will allow you to weld up to 1/2" with proper prep.

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ihad a 110 volt mig welder and sold it for $25.00 on the rummage sale, and bought a hobart 185 handler 220 volt like it real well , the duty cycle on the 110 volt was real low i was trying to weld more than it was desined to weld , over heat and shut off all the time. so my thoughts are stay away from 110 volt welders and get a 220 volt of what ever brand you like it . you will be $ ahead in the long run. ron brown in central illinois
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