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Lincoln 180 Mig differences


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Old 05-21-2015, 06:14:09 PM
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Default Lincoln 180 Mig differences

Being retired, I've decided to downsize my welding equipment from a 255C with timer option and Prince XL to a smaller 180A. The 180C sounds like the cat's meow, but others, like the Easy Mig 180 or the SP 180T (refurbished) sound OK, too. I understand the 180C has infinite voltage adjustment and the others are fixed/switched (tapped transformer). The letters A, B, C, D, E, mean nothing to me. The 255C used a digital readout in volts. Letters can't be volts so must be only a reference point?

The cheapest 180C I can find is $878, new, and the Easy Mig (Lowes) is $629 - Vet discount = $566 or a savings of $312....no small amount. Other than the volt/amp selector difference, what other differences are there? Internals? My welding, will be small home projects from now on and I suspect the 180C will be a waste of money for me....unless there are big problems with the other choices. I can't find much about the SP 1180T. It must be a discontinued model??? Of course, if I can't get enough for my 255C to make downsizing worth it, I'll be keeping what I have.

I've never owned anything but Lincolns and don't have any desire to change now.
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Default Re: Lincoln 180 Mig differences

I bought a used 170T for my first mig years ago and loved it. Friend tryed to run it on his generator and it smoked and quit.

I replaced it with a 180c in 2009 or so with the gas kit.220 volt. I would love to have my 170T back to going. For whatever reason the 180 just does not "feel" the same.I have never been really happy with it.
It works ok but the gun didn't last but 3 years and I am not a commercial user,just home shop stuff.
What has happened I think is Lincoln bought out Century and instead of upgrading Century to Lincoln standards, I think Lincoln adopted some of the short cuts of Century.

I would have to google the model you have to know what the size comparison is but if it is paid for and not eating any corn, danged if I would give up a good machine for any of the new stuff out there right now.

Edit, I googled the 255c and by the time you put the 180 on a cart and the bottle and all, not much gain in floor space and alot of loss of amps and job options.
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Not really trying to save space. More like getting back some of the investment and still having a machine that will do all I need to do. I'm 75+ now and not in the best of health, so big welding jobs are a thing of the past. I'm seeing a few 255C's on the market for $1500 and up and they are bare bones (no timer or spool gun), so I've priced mine at $1899 and will take less. If I can get a small Mig like the SP 180T or Similar for under $600, then I'm pocketing ~$1000. Of course this is all a WAG until I see what I can get for the 255C.

I'm just worried about getting stuck with a smaller machine that has/had problems.
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Moot question now. I've decided to keep what I have.....at least for the time being.
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