Welders

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  1. brooksman9

    brooksman9 Veteran Member

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    Anyone ever heard of Norstar or Longevity welders? Supposed to me copies of Miller 140m. About half the price from a local welding supply company. Looks just like the Eastwood 135.

    http://memphis.craigslist.org/tld/4448354867.html
     
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    I've got the eastwood mig welder and LOVE it, it has Infinitely adjustable heat (amperage) and wire speed settings so you can really dial it in.

    That Hobart uses a 4 position selector dial for the amps so your stuck with what you get, and it's also going to be $200 more than this eastwood one

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Eastwood-MI...60914702733?pt=BI_Welders&hash=item540831518d

    http://www.eastwood.com/mig-welder-110vac-135a-output.html


    If you can wait a few days to order it I would def consider it, I wouldn't steer you wrong on this. You can look at my build thread...I used it a lot. I'm not a professional welder by any means and their was very little learning curve on this one

    It also has a 3 year no hassle warranty

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  4. 1971SS

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    not trying to change your mind, but I have the Eastwood 135 also...3 yrs of hard use, no problems...
     
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    Pretty much, it uses the same style nozzles and parts...that local has a variable volt (amp) knob...like the eastwood does, it makes a difference.

    Lets say your welding some metal and it's blowing through or not hot enough, you could back off the volts knob a hair or go forward and weld away.

    To do the same on the Hobart 140 welder you have to go back or forth one of the four fixed settings.

    I'm telling you, you will really like this eastwood welder...it's the best investment I ever made..I put mine on a HF welding cart and have a mig tank attached to it
     
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  7. brooksman9

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    I went and looked at the Hobart. Newer model with five heat settings. Same price of 479. On sale until July 27th so I can contemplate a little. Lol. Man I can buy a car at the drop of a hat but smaller purchases just kill me. Oh yeah, Hobart box says assembled in the USA.
     
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  8. 1971SS

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    if you decide to get the eastwood, order this knurled roller.I have no idea if the new units come with this or not. I never had a problem with the smooth roller but did purchase the knurled, just because... http://www.eastwood.com/mig135-knurled-drive-roller-key-way-style.html

    the eastwood has infinity adjustments for wire speed and voltage(NICE!) where the hobart has I think 5 presets for voltage...have no idea on wire speed...

    I get my wire, tips and other supplies at Lowes...same as Lincoln...

    with a 3yr warranty that its going to work...I like the idea of having that extra $200 or so in MY pocket for my project. I used a few other brands before and after my eastwood purchase...I can honestly say I have no regrets...
     
  9. sickfast1964

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    A 135 will limit you some. If you can afford it. Do your self a favor and look at a 230 v / 175 a welder. I have a Hobart 175 and I can weld just about anything I could ever think of. I cam also turn it down and weld small stuff like a floor pan. Just my opinion.
     
  10. brooksman9

    brooksman9 Veteran Member

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    OK, y'all talked me into it. Just ordered the eastwood mig 135. On sale for 299. 318 delivered. If I can sell my lincoln flux core for about 125 I should be sitting pretty.
     

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