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    Looking to buy a welder

    I'm looking to get a home welder. I'm looking at "all in ones". So far I'm looking at these:

    Esab Rebel

    Miller Multimatic 215

    I expect that most all of my work will be on mild steel. Any aluminum work could be handled with Mig since the Tig is DC, but I really don't see that as an issue.

    For home fabrication and light duty use, which one of these welders would be better? Is there another option that I'm not thinking of?
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    Don't rule out Lincoln's 210 MP. It's a great welder and easy to use. I purchased one for work and was very smooth. It was also a dual voltage machine capable of multiple processes. If it did AC TIG, I'd have one in my garage right now.

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    I forget about Lincoln for some reason. Thanks for the reminder. I'll add it to my feature spreadsheet. My gut feeling right now is the machines in this class are all almost the same and price will probably be a big factor. We'll see.

    I worked in a welding shop in high school, but haven't welded much at all since. It'd be nice if there was a place to try these things out.
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    Miller/Hobart or Lincoln. Miller and Hobart are owned by ITW (Illinois Tool Works). I don't know anything about Esab; but I think they're big in Europe.
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    Lincoln welders are good machines.
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    You can't go wrong the Miller 215.

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    As Dieselshadow said, you can't go wrong with the Lincoln 210MP. I have one and its served me well. My only downfall with is is the duty cycle when running it on 240V. 20% just isn't enough when you're welding up a big project. This would be an issue with any brand welder in this category.
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    Bought an Everlast this spring.....NO I am not a welder......has been handy in putting my "rusty" implements back together. Plus it is capable of 240 or 120.
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    I would stick with one of the big names, Miller, Lincoln, Hobart or Esab. I'm partial to Miller, but the last few times I've been in the welding shop Lincoln has had some pretty good promotions running. Miller does one every so often as well, if I were buying new that might be the deciding factor. The machines are very comparable between the two brands. Hobart is a solid brand, just not as many features as the other two. Esab is big in Europe and build good stuff, but find out where you can get consumables and where the nearest service center is if you have a problem. When I bought my big Miller a few years ago the shop was also an Esab dealer/ service center, but they didn't stock and machines and their guys had never worked on one.

    I wouldn't bother with anything that can run on 120 volts. They're too limited in what they can do, and the 120/240 units usually have a much worse duty cycle than a similar 240 dedicated machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    I would stick with one of the big names, Miller, Lincoln, Hobart or Esab. I'm partial to Miller, but the last few times I've been in the welding shop Lincoln has had some pretty good promotions running. Miller does one every so often as well, if I were buying new that might be the deciding factor. The machines are very comparable between the two brands. Hobart is a solid brand, just not as many features as the other two. Esab is big in Europe and build good stuff, but find out where you can get consumables and where the nearest service center is if you have a problem. When I bought my big Miller a few years ago the shop was also an Esab dealer/ service center, but they didn't stock and machines and their guys had never worked on one.

    I wouldn't bother with anything that can run on 120 volts. They're too limited in what they can do, and the 120/240 units usually have a much worse duty cycle than a similar 240 dedicated machine.
    I really don't like the little "tight boxes" they put the newer machines in, think this worsens the duty cycle aspect a bunch.
    Put the suckers in a big box with a decent size blower (squirrel cage) and I think you would help out the duty cycle a lot.

    Kind of laugh when they try to sell one as "industrial rated" with only a 30% duty cycle.
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