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120V welders at Lowes

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  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I need a welder but canNOT get 230V to my garage no way at all. Dad's the electrician around here and he says it is impossible. So I have to resort to a 120V welder and was looking at the ones at Lowe's. They have Lincoln wire welder that welds upto 1/8" for $267 with a one year warranty. Then there is a better one that welds upto 1/4" steel for $327 with a 3 year warranty and a training video. They don't have any cheap stick welders. That is fine with me I just hate to spend $327 but I'm sure I'll like the wire feed. I will want to go for the $327 one with 1/4" capacity I guess. So my question is will it do fine for me? I rarely need to weld over 1/4" and if I do I can go to my neighbor's and use his 230V Lincoln stick welder.
  2. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    Get the Lincoln for $327 - you won't be sorry! In a pinch a couple of years ago I had to get a similar unit from a large hardware store over a holiday weekend to do an emergency repair.

    It was one of the best damm tool purchases I ever made. I do 90% of me welding with it. It's get you through a lot more than you may think. Although mine was a flux-core/MIG welder, I've never really used the MIG set-up and it has welded some very heavy stuff and also some fairly delicate stuff too. Good luck - you really can't go wrong with it - spend the extra $80 to get the bigger one, it'll be worth it.
  3. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Thanks :) Good to hear from someone with experience with that one.
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Last year I bought a mig welder from Harbor Freights for $200 (you can catch them on sale for $159). It's not a Lincoln, but a Chicago Electric brand. It's claims to weld up to 1/4". I built a side gate for my trailer with not much problems. Only a couple of downfalls:

    1) It only holds 1lb. spools of wire.
    2) If you do a lot of continuous welding, it will shut down (like it has overheated) and kick back on after about 15 minutes.

    Even though it has served it's purpose well, I think if I would have to do it all over again, I would probably go with the Lincoln that you spoke of.

  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Thanks Matt. I'm not really going for it because of it's brand but maybe it has features your Chicago Electric one doesn't.
  6. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    It's a perfectly good welder and if it comes with video lessons, it's a great deal. I might suggest getting the small bottle and do the "gas" thing. It's cleaner and since you will only use occasionaly not too many $ for gas. You will have it for many years. Great for lawncare and trailer stuff.

  7. longviewlawncare

    longviewlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    i just got done redoing my trailer gates today with that same welder. After getting a wirefeed i will never use stick again. It is so much easier and faster. You will like it.
  8. Lawn Tek

    Lawn Tek LawnSite Senior Member
    from u s a
    Messages: 457

    B H B , get the better one , for outside use you have to use flux core wire , lots of smoke and slag on welds . You can use bare wire for inside shop use with a shielding gas i. e . argon . If you use bare wire with argon outside you'll get a weld full of pinholes .
    The weld needs protection with a shielding gas , the protection is built it to fluxcore wire , no gas needed . Pay real close attention to the safety part . Eyes at least a # 10 shade in welding helment.
    Dont try to show out like they do on t v with no hood , that method though not approved as safe is for very experienced welders . Fire , real issue 1 spark arroud gasoline and kaboom .Grinding also use a grinder that shuts off when you let go of the trigger , and safety glasses always !
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Thanks guys. Lawntek, you completely lost me! I don't know anything about welders really except that I have alittle stick 120V buzz box. It says it does upto 1/4" plate steel and I drug it out today and messed with it. It will weld 1/8" angle iron fine enough so I may stick it out a while with it as I don't want to spend $330 if what I have works... well... I may still because there's times I could use it but, well lets say I'm just debating it is all... 1/8" is about all the thicker I usually need to go so what I have may work ok for now. I can afford the new one and will have enough work to do with it to pay for itself but if I can get by with what I have and pocket the money I may do that instead.
    Thanks and I'll update you as to if I get it or not.
  10. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    have you considered going with an oxygen-acetylene set, you get the cutting ability also:blob2:

    Harbor Freight has some Hobart's you might be interested in, I would check the Chicago Electrics Too, the have a wide variety to choose from.

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