I would recommend the Miller or Hobart line. Hobart is owned by Miller and their models are very similar. VERY good quality. For all around use, the Hobart Iron Man 250 comes to mind but may be a bit much for occasional use. If you are not welding thicker than 1/4 inch steel; the Hobart 175 is a more economical option.Originally posted by Tau44
Has anyone had any experience with a Craftsman Mig Welder? Is a Lincoln, Hobart, Miller that much better then other brands. Just looking for a mig welder to work on my tractors with. Won't be using it alot.
It has been a while since I bought mine but I believe I paid around $1,000 for mine. The reason I can't remember is that I lie to my wife about the price of toys and tools so much I actually forget the real prices. A 175 will weld all of the above.Originally posted by Tau44
Slipshod what is the price of that Miller 210 roughly? I was looking at maybe a Miller 175? I don't know if I would use the 210 enough to invest that much money in it? What kind of welding would a 175 Miller do? Could you weld a race car frame with it or a dunne buggy frame with it?
Yes, the 210 is a totally different animal than the 170-180 amp machines. It has always been independant and was always adjusted by the users needs and not what the machine "thinks" it should be. Its really the only draw back I have found on the small miller models......and was the main factor in my buying a lincoln.......since there was no way to dissable this assinine feature....Miller is well aware of it though, as quite a fwew folks in a welding form on the HObart site has voiced their opinions on the auto increase of feed with higher heat settings...Originally posted by slipshod
The wire feed speed on the Miller 210 is fully independent. May have been that way on the older ones but not now.