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post #16 of 30 Old 11-19-2018, 04:28 PM
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I bought a bottle with C25 years ago. The C25 makes pretty welds. I am now thinking of getting a CO2 bottle. I think it will be cheaper to run and buy. I am no pro welder so I have no experience using CO2 but from what I read it has better penetration with a little more splatter. Anybody know?


The other thing I have figured out is with C25 you cannot spray weld. You need C10 to spray weld. Any comment.


So give your bottle buying some thought. There seems to be a lot to it which I did not realize when I bought my bottle.
Right on the CO2 vs. C25. I ran out of C25 on a Sunday so I grabbed the CO2 cylinder from my kegerator. It worked quite well.

Significantly cheaper and higher capacity per tank size tank to boot. There is more smoke and spatter than C25. Nice to have both so you are covered on that Sunday... You still have C25 for welds required to be pretty. I cannot comment on the C10, as I've not attempted spray welding.
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Re: Best value flux core welder?

One thing to watch out for if you dont weld a lot... most times you get a bottle, and the place does a exchange. Well i failed to check the date on the bottle they gave me, and now that its been laying around a few years becouse of my light use, the bottle has expired... So check your dates!!

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Re: Best value flux core welder?

I highly recommend any Lincoln, Miller, or Hobart 110 welder for the novice hobbyist. They are very forgiving easy welding machines made with good parts such as the gun and leads. I'm a professional welder and would only recommend a no name import cheap welder for the experienced. You have to know what your doing to get them to weld good. Spend a little extra and you wont be disappointed.

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Yeah, I also bought a Miller 211 (older version which was taller), only use it with flux-core, but it works fairly well for the majority of stuff I do. For this stuff (below 1/8") it doesn't work great for me, and for larger stuff (longer welds where the pieces are over 1/4") I'll use a old buzz-box stick welder.

I have to get a bottle and try welding some thin stuff with solid wire, as it's supposed to weld better.
oh my my 211 is a dream with the bottle, does sheet metal awesome even on the auto setting. You really need to get a bottle. I have an OLD Lincoln tombstone stick welder for the really heavy stuff.

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One thing to watch out for if you dont weld a lot... most times you get a bottle, and the place does a exchange. Well i failed to check the date on the bottle they gave me, and now that its been laying around a few years becouse of my light use, the bottle has expired... So check your dates!!
As long as you go back to the same place with their bottle they will exchange an expired bottle for you. That has been my experience in the past with my acetylene tank. I have not owned my Mig tank long enough for it to expire. I am a slow user also. I have projects from time to time but not continuous use. Also when I have my tank filled I wait for them to fill my tank. I don't like exchanges. As I get older I may change my mind as my local welding supply has a Friday delivery for exchange tanks and then they just bill you.


I am thinking of moving over to C10 and a CO2 tank and skip C25 tank. They may be able to put C10 in my C25 tank.

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Re: Best value flux core welder?

Ive had harbor freight 115v mig/flux for years.Only use for thin metal and for repairs away from home.Perfer stick welder,but it cant go anywhere.If I ever upgrade mig/flux ,it will still be 115 volt.
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I had about the same requirements as the OP. After looking at all the options, I opted for a 135 model that's sold by the Eastwood Company. You can check it out at Eastwood.com. They sell all kinds of auto restoration equipment and tools. They have setup and basic welding videos on youtube that really helped me in the beginning. I bought my unit on sale and it had free shipping and a full 3 year warranty to boot. Came with everything needed to start welding including a cart and an automatic helmet. The only thing I had to get locally was the shielding gas. I've used it to repair mower decks, tractor frames, and also some sheet metal work. They were great when it came to warrenty, too. Last spring I used it for the first time in over a year and the gas regulator wasn't registering right. I called them and had a new one on the porch in 2 days. They told me to throw the old one out. Check them out if you really want an affordable quality 110v mig welder. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

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I heard the Hobart 125 EZ welder runs a pretty good bead using flux wire. I am not sure they sell them any more. Look around.

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Personally... If I was starting new looking for a welder.. I would probably skip my everlast welder and buy a harbor freight 200 titanium or 220 vulcan multi-process unit. Can mig, stick, and tig - steel... No AC option for aluminum... You can dc tig aluminum with helium, just not as good as ac can. Both machines will run on 110 or 220, or off a generator 110/220.

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I really like my Hobart 190, got it on sale 5 years ago. I just used flux core wire but it has everything to use gas with it except for the tank.
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The comments regarding Harbor Freight cheap welders is unwarranted. Sure the more expensive are better, but for a novice it has got me welding and fixing things that before would be impossible.




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Re: Best value flux core welder?

My main gripe about the HF welder is the fact once anything fails on it,it's most likely not going to be possible to obtain any parts for it,and due to the low price,it is considered "disposable",that is the biggest drawback to HF tools....that and the fact it wont weld thin stuff without blowing holes,or anything thicker than 3/16 ,the penetration just isn't there..

I'm glad I didn't pay their full price for it at the store,I'd have been much more disappointed with it if I had..I haven't used it much,perhaps if I practice with it I'll get better at using it..

I know you cant expect miracles for under $100,but you shouldn't have to open it up and modify one with a DC rectifier in order to make it work better either..
I suppose they are better than having no welder,but I consider the $50 I spent on an old AC/DC arc welder off craigslist a better bargain..you can do so much more with it..

I know guys who bought the larger 220V Harbor Freight MIG welders and they seem to be working well and holding up good for them,one uses his in a repair shop often,sometimes daily--his biggest fear is if he'll be able to get a new "gun" and other parts for it once things start wearing out..the new Vulcan welders they recently introduced do look promising though..


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Re: Best value flux core welder?

My friends new black H.F.mig/flux has better working wire feed than my older blue model.Or mine was a lemon.
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The one I have is a black one,90 amp model...probably 2-3 years old..

I see HF is now selling them as a "125 amp" now,I wonder if they upgraded anything inside like the transformer,or if they added a rectifier?...


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My friends new black H.F.mig/flux has better working wire feed than my older blue model.Or mine was a lemon.
The Miller blue models have pretty good wire feeds.

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