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Old 03-24-2003, 07:36 PM
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Need info quick on mig welder

I saw a Cambell Hausfeld mig/wire welder at Tractor Supply today. Its called Farm Boss 125Amp. Max amps is 85 They are discontinuing these and its the last one. Normal price is $279 and they are asking $209. I had them hold it for me and Im going to get it tomorrow. I cant find it on the Cambell Hausfeld sight. Does anyone have one of these that can tell me about it. I think its rated at up to 1/4 inch in one pass which id plenty big for me. Im just gonna piddle w/ it and didnt want to spend much for one. Any info would be very helpful on this unit
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Old 03-24-2003, 07:38 PM
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Please move

I hit wrong button. Moderator, can you move to welding category
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Old 03-24-2003, 07:48 PM
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I have no expierience with that unit but not for nothing,i would throw another $100 or so into the pot and pick up a small 110V Lincoln or Miller.The duty cycle will likely be a little higher(the higher your duty cycle,the longer you can weld before the machine needs to cool)To low a duty cycle and you will be standing around more than your welding.The name brand units have readily available consumables and parts if needed.One of my machines is a Lincoln Pro 100,110v,I paid around $300 for it and it's now 6 years old and still welds like new.Even though your a hobby welder i would still shell out a couple extra bucks now and the machine will be around for a long time.Sorry i don't have info on the machine your lookin at,i know it's a pain when people steer ya away from your original plans but I think you'd be happier in the long run.Good luck!
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Old 03-24-2003, 07:54 PM
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Thanks, the duty cycle is 20%(I think that is what you consider duty cycle). What is a good duty cycle? Where can I find these welders that can be purchased online?
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Old 03-24-2003, 08:19 PM
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Duty cycle,when referring to welders is measured in a 10 minute time period.For instance, a 20% duty cycle would weld at near max amps(this again will vary) but it would weld for 2 minutes straight in a 10 min cycle and then it needs to cool,30% would be 3 minutes in a 10 min cycle.
I weld eveyday and 3 min straight is a heck of a long weld!Most machines will cut power to the gun when they get hot and the fan will run to cool it off.

I'm not sure about online suppliers,i have an excellent local dealer were i have purchased most everything.A quick search for welders on google or yahoo would turn up some good sources though.
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Old 03-24-2003, 08:24 PM
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I have a little 85 amp welder w/gas. It welds best on a cold winters day.
On really hot summer days it just keeps tripping it's breaker.

Overall it's a real blast. I'm amazed at what I can build with one of the smaller MIGs on the market.

Dave
 

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