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Old January 23rd, 2018, 05:48
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Re: Starter Welder

I was kind of in the same boat last year. I had done some stick welding in the past, but wasn't very good at it. I looked at many different welders and decided to blow my budget out of the water and get a Millermatic 211. I am very happy I did. I used the flux core first, before I had a chance to get some C25, and it works, but is much harder to get a clean weld.

With C25 gas and the .025 wire I have butt welded 18 ga sheet metal and spot welded 22ga. I've also used the .030 wire on 1/4" to 3/8" and it did great in one pass. The Auto set feature is spot on. I also like the inverter technology because it only weighs 38 lbs. I've packed it up many times and thrown it in the Jeep.


I bought mine through Cyberweld and they gave me a discount and a free Jackson auto darkening helmet. Definitely get one of those, it makes a huge difference.
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Old January 24th, 2018, 08:59
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Starter Welder

It's true, auto helmet makes a big difference

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Old January 24th, 2018, 09:55
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Re: Starter Welder

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Check out the eastwood 135 mig/flux core welder. I have it and it does pretty well especially on 1/8"-1/4" thick material, not so great on the thin stuff, but for the price overall i am very pleased.
that looks like it would be the best low end welder
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Old January 31st, 2018, 15:15
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Re: Starter Welder

Agree on spending a little extra coin and getting a decent welder.
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