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Old 06-07-2010
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Ok guys me and my buddy want to invest into a welder and start fabricating skid plates and bumpers and so forth. We are stuck on what welder to purchase? MIg? Tig? Stick? Wire Feed? Please help me out on this and give me some info on what would be best to get, I would greatly apprecaite this!
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MIG would be the best all around choice IMO. I'd go with Miller.
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Do you have any welding experience?

I'm guessing not based on your post, and if that is the case, I whole-heartedly agree with Razor. Go with a nice MIG. My dad just picked up brand new Millermatic 211 for around $1400 after getting gas and wire. Works with both 220V and 110V with just a quick change of a plug and it lays down a really nice bead. Duty cycle is a bit low, but I'm guessing for stuff your doing, it'll be more then enough for anything you'll ever need.
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+1 on the Miller 211. That is the one i'm going to get once i save enough paychecks. Welds up to 3/8 in a single pass. Works great. My buddy has one and he loves it. It is powerful enough to easily weld thicker metals, yet in the small case. Nice that it runs dual voltage incase you ever has to move somewhere for work. Check out airgas, mine has it just under $1000. plus you need a tank and wire and a cart would be nice.
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Ive owned a Millermatic 212 -- it was perfect. 220 welder..big great welder..nice heat..get one!
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I've got an old miller stick/tig combo and a centron mig welder. It depends on if ur wantin it done fast or not mig or fluxcore would be fast but tig is a cleaner weld takes longer but it's stronger then mig and is easy to switch wire then mig. And doesn't splatter anything like mig. Plus u don't burn ur self welding over head
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110v welder is for sheet metal. I wouldnt go lower than 220v if your wanting to do bumpers and skid plates
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Yeah I don't have a welder but I do have some experience, with welding junk scraps with tig welders. I would suggest tig, just because you can switch rods with a snap. I have used mainly millers a couple truck mounted and some stationary. I must ask is this to start a business or just for you and a few friends? If it's a business you will definitely want to go with 220, I am an electrical apprentice and your power bill might jump a little if you are making lots of these but the welds are much stronger in my opinion. Once you get really good at tig welding you will be almost as fast as someone using a mig welder. Once again I digress go with miller tig welders would be my opinion.
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