View Poll Results: What type of welder do you use?

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Thread: Welding machines

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    Welding machines

    Hi Guys
    I am thinking of upgrading my trusty old Mig welder. Its ok on thin stuff but I want something with MORE power. I use my Mig with gassless wire, as it keeps the cost down, what do you guys use?

    1. Mig - gas
    2. Mig - flux
    3. Tig
    4. Gas
    5. Arc
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    Re: Welding machines

    I have a Miller 120V welder.
    It is a Millermatic 140 that will weld 24 ga through 3/16" mild steel.
    It also has "Auto-Set" which automatically sets the wire speed and voltage for 16 - 18 ga thick material.
    I never knew I was such a good welder until I got this machine. LOL
    I also use the gas welding. You maybe will spend less (not sure) using coated wire but with gas the welds come out clean without slag from the coated wire.
    If you go with gas, don't get a small bottle. They get used up too quickly and you will always be refilling.
    Use the carbon dioxide/argon mixture gas.

    RT

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    Re: Welding machines

    Quote Originally Posted by jdinner
    I have this same one, thing burns through some steel. I weld with a gas and I never have a problem burning through. 5 out of 5 for me

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    Re: Welding machines

    I have a Miller Millermatic 170 and using gas. Tried it once using flux wire and all i got was just spits all over the material.
    I do have to upgrade my mask though, one I have is POS

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    Re: Welding machines

    Is it possible to use a transformer to adapt a higher voltage welder unit, say a 220v unit, for use on a 110v outlet?

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    Re: Welding machines

    get dual input voltage machine. You simply change the plug end on the cord for either voltage you have available

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    Re: Welding machines

    Quote Originally Posted by LamboIllinois
    Is it possible to use a transformer to adapt a higher voltage welder unit, say a 220v unit, for use on a 110v outlet?
    Nope. The current draw would blow your fuses/trip your breakers immediately, if not cause a fire.

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    Re: Welding machines

    Miller has a "convertable" welder that will allow 110 or 220 use

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    Re: Welding machines

    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianBurton
    Miller has a "convertable" welder that will allow 110 or 220 use
    when i asked this question, the feedback i got was "get 240 or you will be sad" (essentially). So i listened, and let me tell you, worth every second i spent running a 220 line!! (ok the fuse box is right there but I'd have run it across the house if i had to) . Compared to my 110 welder,,, nawww, just cant compare them, it's just night and day!! I got the best portable Hobart handler they make (dont get a knock off, get a Hobart,Miller, Lincoln etc) but haven't yet used half the available power, and still, my welds went from near crap to excellent penetration and that stack of dimes type look i was nearly able to pull off right from the beginning (keep in mind that i have nearly no experience except with doing poor welds with that 110). The convertible isn't a bad idea as you do get some flexibility, just make sure in your main work area you run 220 as my experience says that you'll be VERY pleased with the difference

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