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Old 01-28-2011, 07:39 AM   #1
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Looking for recommendations on a general-purpose home welder. I'm a complete novice with welding, but pretty handy otherwise. I just need to be able to do some occasional repairs and possibly some light fabrication. I need something relatively easy to operate/maintain and not too expensive. What type of welder should I be looking at? I have a 220 outlet available in the garage.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:45 AM   #2
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You have to make sure your outlet on a circuit with the proper amperage for whatever welder you buy. Just the fact that it's 240v is not enough info.

As far as a recommendation, you're probably better off posting in the tools forum.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:50 AM   #3
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50A breaker & #6 wire to the outlet.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:34 PM   #4
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The venerable Lincoln AC-225 is a good piece of equipment to have around. It's indestructible, easy to use, and cheap. Your 50A circuit is just right.

If you want more capability and versatility, you might want to consider a MIG setup. I'd recommend something like a Millermatic 180 or 252. The Passport is great, but very expensive if you don't specifically require portability.
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Do you have to plug it in? Kohler makes some real nice generator/arc welder units. In my opinion the older ones if you can find them are better.
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Ayuh,... I posted in this redundant thread about the same question, by the same poster...
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I'm a complete novice with welding, but pretty handy otherwise.
A 110v wirefeed, 140amp is a Great starter unit, 'n can be found reasonably Cheap,...
It'll faithfully weld material up to 3/16ths"...

If you future includes weldin' heavier materials,...
A 220v stick machine, aka, Buzzbox, is the way to go...
Goin' up to a 220v Stick machine, with Ac/ Dc opens the way for many more Specialty rods...
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I have a LIncoln Weldpac 100 wire feed that I added gas to make it a mig. It's does fine up to say 1/8", but after that it's not that great. It's a 110V machine. I bought it when I was building my 55 Chevy so I didn't have to keep hauling my brothers machine back and forth every weekend.
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