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Old 09-24-2009, 10:46 AM
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http://columbus.craigslist.org/tls/1389918884.html

This seems good to me; a novice, entry-level hobby welder.

By the time I drove down and back, that would be the estimated cost for the welder and the fuel for the drive.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:51 AM
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Or you can buy the upgrade model now and save a bundle..
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Or you can buy the upgrade model now and save a bundle..

And get a warranty to boot
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Yeah, I learned the hard way to buy bigger than you need to start with. That way, the inevitable upgrade will take a little longer.
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One time when I was keeping an eye out for an anvil I called an old farmer who had an ad in the ThriftyNickel; he had 2 anvils for sale.

He said that one was in useable condition but pretty rough & he wanted about $300 for it and $150 for the other one.
I asked about the condition of the "other one" and he said it was "for someone who just wanted to be able to say he owned an anvil."

I think the same might be said about an entry level 100amp mig welder.
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That's a bit pricey for a 100A unit, even if it does have adjustable voltage.
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I would not waste any money on it. Cutter was more polite.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:33 PM
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Ok, thanks.
I appreciate the comments, and would like to reiterate that I am a complete novice, so sometimes I don't understand what is good, what is bad, what is expensive, and what I should or should not be looking for. That is why I appreciate this forum.
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:07 PM
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I'm a hobbyist when it comes to welding.

The price, I have not been looking.

" It can weld up to 5/16 steel or aluminum."

I don't see it welding 5/16 steel. more like 1/8" maybe 3/16".

Its not going to weld 5/16 aluminum. maybe 1/16" If that.
Aluminum dissipates heat faster then steel and needs more current then steel.

Bear in mind, you may need to get a gas kit and bottle for MIG.
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If I had my druthers, I'd druther have a little 125A/ 140A class welder to drag around where only 120V is to be had, and something in the 250A class. I have a 175A Lincoln, which is OK for Harry Homeowner stuff where there's 240V.

You can get a 125A flux-core-only reconditioned Hobart 125 EZ for $220. at Toolking. (Don't know about shipping.)
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