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Whats the best 120V welder

I'm a new to welding. Plan on using it for metal fabricating at home. Something that could build a car frame or example. I was looking into a multi unit (mig tig and stick).

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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

I have a Lincoln 140, I think it is about as big as you can get without going to 220. It will handle most all the welding on a car. I have the one that has a ste dial for heat. If you are going to do a lot of welding, I would get the one with a fader type heat switch, so you can set you heat more precise, the other one sometimes, one setting is to low, and going to the next setting is to high, so the other type is better, I think it also cost more?
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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

Get one with gas solenoids. Shielding gas is the only way to go.
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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

I love my Hobart 120V mig welder w/gas. Has done everything I needed to weld on my restoration.

But it is not a combo unit like you asked....


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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

I have a Millermatic 140 and it works well. But if I had to buy another “first welder” I would spend a little more and get a larger 220 volt unit. It’s typically not that expensive to add 220 to a garage or shop.

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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

I do have 220V in my garage, but I went with the 120V because it'll handle almost anything I needed to weld, and I wanted the portability to take the welder over to my dads or sons house to help with their repair jobs too.
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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

There are good ideas here.
I did a search in the tools and shop forum here at Team Chevelle and this is what all came up.

https://www.chevelles.com/forums/sea...rchid=42104480
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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

I spent a little more and got a 220 Miller Challenger 175. Good for everything I do on my car and then some. If you want a multiprocess unit that covers TIG and stick you will be spending a lot more. I also have a Dynasty 200 that does TIG and Stick but I only use it for TIG. If you do get a TIG machine opt for the inventor models they are light and portable. The older units like the Syncrowave series while being expensive are heavy and not portable. Obviously I like Miller but there are other good brands out there. Stay away from the Harbor Freight cheap machines.

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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

I have had 3 Hobarts and been pleased with all of them. My current one is a Hobart 210 dual voltage 120/220 and it's the cat's meow. I had 2 Hobart Handler 120's, one I bought new in 92' and one used that I fixed and gave it to my buddy.


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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

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There are good ideas here.
I did a search in the tools and shop forum here at Team Chevelle and this is what all came up.

https://www.chevelles.com/forums/sea...rchid=42104480
When I clicked on your link it says "comes up with no matches"

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I'm no welder have has a Lincoln sp100 for few decades for sheet metal but don't think your gonna weld frames with 120v anything
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I'm no welder have has a Lincoln sp100 for few decades for sheet metal but don't think your gonna weld frames with 120v anything
That's not true. My Hobart will - easily


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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

Miller 210 Synchrowave for home shop use - end of discussion.

It will EASILY weld up to 1/4” thick mild steel, and can be wired for single phase 240V or 120V. In fact, it even comes with quick change plug adapters. The welder uses smart technology to recognize what voltage your plugging into. These also use inverter technology as opposed to older welders that use traditional transformers, which make them very light. This model will DC TIG, AC TIG (for aluminum), MIG, and stick. The TIG torch is air cooled, but you can hook up water cooling if so desired.

Got mine on sale for $2650 from Cyberweld a year ago, which also included the MIG spoolmate gun. Even came with a good quality auto-dark Miller welding helmet. Nice videos about this unit on YouTube.
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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

Harbor Freight sells a 120/220 volt MIG welder that uses shielding gas. I bought an argon/CO2 bottle to use with it.

I love it ! An equivalent Miller costs way over $1000; this cost $750

https://www.harborfreight.com/migmax...=vulcan+welder
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Re: Whats the best 120V welder

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That's not true. My Hobart will - easily
I agree. The 120 or 140 will easily tackle automotive frames.
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