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need to purchase reasonably priced MIG welder

Hi Pelicans,

I'm going to be doing some rust repair and I'm on a budget. I need to purchase a MIG welder. What do you guys think about these welders below? Also, will I need gas?

I need to change out the front latch panel, cut out part of the front pan, replace the entire parcel shelf, replace both rear seat sections plus cut out and misc. weld areas, so it is going to get some use.

I would appreciate some well educated suggestions on whether the below units would work and which ones you would suggest. what about gas bottles can I add them and do I need them?

MIG Welder | MIG Welders | MIG Welding – Eastwood MIG 135 Welder

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Lincoln-Electric-120-Volt-MIG-Flux-Cored-Wire-Feed-Welder/999972168

https://www.harborfreight.com/170-amp-dc-240-volt-migflux-cored-welder-61888.html


Thanks for your help,

Rodney
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Of those three choices i'd go with the Eastwood.
You'll definitely want gas.
I've got a Hobart 140 you might want to check those out as well.
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I've had one of those Lincoln welders for years, works great with shielding gas.
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I've had an Eastwood for about 10 years it's ok welds fine just don't use the crappy wire it comes with and make sure to loosen the tensioner when your done welding. You want to weld with gas co2 argon mix, flux core is messy. Actually for cheap welders I would buy the ahp and tig weld all your panels in. I probably wouldn't have bought the Eastwood it was a gift but it's been a decent welder for occasional use and hasn't let me down yet.
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as a fabricator myself, I would go with the Eastwood. better to be able to control your wire speed and amps manually .


whatever you do DO NOT go with the harbor freight one. JB weld is better then those. joke but for real.
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Go on craigslist, you can get a MIG welder with tank for a good price.

When buying the welder, don't forget to figure in the cost of a the tank with co2/or argon. Don't get the smallest tank, you can run out of gas pretty quick.

Budget $200-300 for the tank and gas...
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You get what you pay for on MIG welders. Gas is the ONLY way to go. I have a 30 year old Lincoln that works great. Find a used one on Craig's Lists.. I hear that some of the new MIG welders use a 120 Hz Cycle, which translates into less sputter, smoother and better penetration.... look around for places to fill your tank. I was filling up in the Big City of Columbus OHIO, and it was costing my around $50 to fill my tank......I found a farm equipment parts holeinthewall shop about 3 miles from my house in the country and it only costs me $17 with tax now.... that's the 75% Argon 25% CO2....
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I have a used Miller I got on eBay. Works great for 10 years now.
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I have a used Miller I got on eBay. Works great for 10 years now.
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I have a Lincoln 220 MIG welder with gas. Two years now. It was $750 at Home Depot. Comparable Millers were $1,200 plus. Lincoln is great and I am getting better with it.

I don't think you can go wrong with a used Miller. They are better welders than Lincoln.

I know you are on a budget and I can appreciate that. I would rather see you buy a used quality welder with gas.

I believe that a 110 welder can do most anything a 220 welder can do save heavy welding. With cars, it's sheet metal and mufflers pipes. If it's heavy, replace part.

Gas is a must. You don't want Innershield.
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My Hobart 140 has served me well. I can do 22ga to 1/4". No matter which one you buy, practice and become familiar with it.
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