Need help choosing welder

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  1. allstar12316

    allstar12316 Veteran Member

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    I can either buy the hobart handler 140 for 500 new. Or get a lincoln sp 135 plus with cart around 275 used. Which should I steer to?
     
  2. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Based upon the fact that I can't see or try out the used welder, I say go on your gut, red and blue both make decent equipment....you'll have to decide whether to atke a chance on the used welder or not. If it welds good, it doesn't matter if it's used or not.
     
  3. allstar12316

    allstar12316 Veteran Member

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    The only reason I'm leaning toward the hobart 140 is it's new an has warrenty. But the lincoln has continuous voltage....
     
  4. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Just so you know....Both machines are CV(constant voltage) machines.


    edit for clarification*
    CV = constant voltage, the machine varies the amperage to maintain a constant voltage
    CC = constant current, the machine varies the voltage to maintain a constant amperage
     
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  5. allstar12316

    allstar12316 Veteran Member

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    Online it is saying the hobart has a 5 tapp voltage controll
     
  6. 5spd540

    5spd540 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I have a hobart 140 and a miller 130 and the hobart welds better
     
  7. Krator

    Krator Veteran Member

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    My buddy and I were looking around for a wire welder. Turned out Canadian Tire had one on sale almost 50% off. It was a small lincolne 220 unit 40 amp. We could not find a 110 unit for that price that would do as good a job. We tried. It pays to keep an eye out. I think it was the 480 model. It runs great can use flux core wire or run can with mig wire. Keep an eye out. SOmetimes when your not looking is the time you will find it.

    If you want welder reviews this site has almost anything you will come across.

    http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com

    Look for the review section on the left side.
     
  8. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Oh you are talking about the user settings...yes, the Hobart has a few voltage selections to choose from....I don't remember if the lincoln has infinite voltage controls or not. I'm certain both have infinite wire feed controls.
     
  9. allstar12316

    allstar12316 Veteran Member

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    The Lincoln does hve both controls infanite. But is it worth taking a chance on the used machine? Or should I stick with the new hobart and stay with the warrenty
     
  10. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    it's your money.....do as you see fit....LOL
    Have you seen or welded with the used machine? I'd make my decision based upon knowing how the used one welds before laying out any cash. Take some scrap material over to where the used welder is located and ask the seller to let you take it for a test drive.
     

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