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« on: December 15, 2019, 10:04:56 AM »

I've been borrowing a buddies Hobart 140 MIG lately, because my cheap HF flux welder isn't up to the task for recent projects. Given my novice welding skills, I'm looking to buy a good quality MIG.  My requirements are I'd like to have a dual voltage model, i.e. 110/220 capable.  I also don't see myself ever having a need for more than 1/4 steel, but looking at the Eastwood MIG 250, it meets and exceeds my requirements.  I know Miller and Lincoln are the go-to choices for welders, but what interests me about the Eastwood model is the price, reviews, portability and 3 year warranty.  Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2019, 07:29:45 AM »

Go to TSC and pick up a Hobart. They are the best bang for the $$ I have a Handler 190 and love it. The dual voltage is available, in other models. I need a bigger bottle the lil pony bottle is not large enough. It's a great back up because you know you always run out of gas at the worst time. But I would recommend at least a 80CF.

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2019, 09:24:48 AM »

Go to TSC and pick up a Hobart. They are the best bang for the $$ I have a Handler 190 and love it. The dual voltage is available, in other models. I need a bigger bottle the lil pony bottle is not large enough. It's a great back up because you know you always run out of gas at the worst time. But I would recommend at least a 80CF.

I looked at the Hobart Handler 210MVP MIG.  However, it was more expensive than the Eastwood model, had a complicated 5/3/1 warranty and only handled up to 3/8". 

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2019, 09:44:56 AM »

I have a 140 Amp welder that is great for most of my jobs but like you I am interested in something a with a little more power & versatility. After quite a bit of searching and reading reviews I have settled on the ESAB Rebel 215ic combination MIG-Stick-TIG welder (Note they offer the 215 in a variety of packages)

https://www.weldingsuppliesfromioc.com/esab-rebel-emp-215ic-mig-stick-tig-welder-0558102240 

This kit offers the things I want most, ability to weld up to 3/8 steel, dual voltage, TIG capability, and a long list of available options using standard connections all with a reasonable duty based on my "hobbyist" needs. It is a little pricey at $1,500 ($1,699- $200 rebate) but still cheaper than buying a separate MIG / TIG welders.

The 215ic MIG only configuration comes in at just under a $1,000 ($1,195 -$200 rebate). If you decide you want any or all of the options you can always purchase them as need down the road.

Just one guy's opinion.
Garner

 

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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2019, 02:38:02 PM »

I've been borrowing a buddies Hobart 140 MIG lately, because my cheap HF flux welder isn't up to the task for recent projects. Given my novice welding skills, I'm looking to buy a good quality MIG.  My requirements are I'd like to have a dual voltage model, i.e. 110/220 capable.  I also don't see myself ever having a need for more than 1/4 steel, but looking at the Eastwood MIG 250, it meets and exceeds my requirements.  I know Miller and Lincoln are the go-to choices for welders, but what interests me about the Eastwood model is the price, reviews, portability and 3 year warranty.  Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Been using a Millermatic 211 for a few years now.  easy to use and will make a novice  weld like a seasoned professional  ( or at least that is the  tag line in the brochure).   It is dual voltage and I have used it to weld up everything from tin to tractor frames.  Just set the wire size and dial the thickness in and make two pieces one.

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2019, 03:10:59 PM »

https://www.weldingsuppliesfromioc.com/esab-rebel-emp-215ic-mig-stick-tig-welder-0558102240 

This kit offers the things I want most, ability to weld up to 3/8 steel, dual voltage, TIG capability, and a long list of available options using standard connections all with a reasonable duty based on my "hobbyist" needs. It is a little pricey at $1,500 ($1,699- $200 rebate) but still cheaper than buying a separate MIG / TIG welders.

The 215ic MIG only configuration comes in at just under a $1,000 ($1,195 -$200 rebate). If you decide you want any or all of the options you can always purchase them as need down the road.
Just one guy's opinion.
Garner

Well if you want to buy one to last a life time and you got the chips. This is the bees knees.. Inverter welders that can do all 3 are a big hell yeah!  Spending that kind of cash I'd go Miller then ESAB.

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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2019, 01:37:01 PM »



Well if you want to buy one to last a life time and you got the chips. This is the bees knees.. Inverter welders that can do all 3 are a big hell yeah!  Spending that kind of cash I'd go Miller then ESAB.
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But Ian uses a ESAB

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2019, 02:55:48 PM »

I bet he gets paid for it too  Laughing

Alas' Stacey David uses Miller  Cool

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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2019, 08:21:06 AM »

I bet he gets paid for it too  Laughing

Alas' Stacey David uses Miller  Cool

Forgot about Stacey and we like Stacey better cause he used to have a rescue collie.

One day need to learn to weld. It will come in handy when I buy the farm so my collies ahve sheep to work.

Dave Apker

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