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Old 01-22-2020, 04:17 PM
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I don't know that I could bring myself to buy a strictly 120V machine...but I have to admit I have found myself running my MP210 on 120v quite a few times and it worked just fine.
When you are out on a farm patching grain bins it is a whole lot easier to drag around a 50ft extension cord and use normal outlets when you're only welding sheet metal than it is to get the big cords out and try to reach everything from the panel or the fan outlets. Same thing if you need to do a 10 min job at someones house and they don't have a 220V outlet. In the end, I am glad to have a machine that can run on 120V, it is just a lot nicer to switch the cord to 220V and crank the heat up whenever possible.
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Old 01-22-2020, 06:34 PM
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I have a Lincoln lunchbox 120 v machine.

I have it set up strictly for Sheetmetal.
.023 solid wire, and co2 gas.

The tiny gun helps doing the small welds.
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Old 01-22-2020, 10:49 PM
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If I didn't have other welders at my disposal, I would consider that Kvutsch unit that Astronut linked to. It appears to be 120/240v with adapter plug.

I didn't read the specs on it but I would predict that the spoolgun will only be good for thin gauge Al, no thicker than 1/8" to get a decent weld. So if you are not going to weld Al, a setup without the spooler will be cheaper. If you think you are going to do a LOT of Al welding, a more powerful and/or AC TIG compatible unit will be required.

A 120 only machine is only good for about 1/8-3/16" steel. Forget doing Al with it. But they have their place in the shop...

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