I'm lookin to buy a welder and looking for some suggestions on brand and size. What does everone else have?
Don't bother. The spool guns for these are marginal at best. If you want to truely weld aluminum get a TIG.Miller 251, love it. I need to buy a spool gun so I can have some fun with aluminum. I can burn through a frame.
Go 220. If you buy a 110 machine and need to weld something thick one day you will kick yourself. I use a miller 251 and love it.Thanks QD. I think the next thing for me is to decide on voltage and then Brand/model. Back in my younger years I did a fair amount of welding, so I think I'm already ahead of the curve.
FWIW I run my 135 Miller on a 40 amp circuit and can stitch 1/4" all day. Please do not try to do heavy welding on a 20 amp household circuit... you'll pop the breaker in a second. I've done it and it sucks a lot.Go 220. If you buy a 110 machine and need to weld something thick one day you will kick yourself. I use a miller 251 and love it.
Nope, Hobart only. And you're right, they are made by Miller, just slightly cheaper. So I definitely wouldn't have great comparisons across brands.Kyle, does JAX selling any other brand other than Hobart? IIRC its the only thing I have ever seen there. Kind of hard to get a good idea of what is good and what isn't when you only have one option.
FWIW, Hobart is made by Miller. Its their economy line of welders. They just use cheaper internals than Miller does. Still I would rather run a Hobart than a Lincoln. Just my $.02 though.
I despise Lincoln guns. They are Magnum Tool guns and they're made in Mexico. Pure crap IMO.
Hobart uses Miller guns. Quality gun.