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BTW, if your looking to buy a welder ID strongly advise taking a course on welding FIRST so you understand what your looking at and what to expect and so you have a good feel for what your looking to do and what equipment is necessary,then stop by a few large welding shops and ask the owner if hes ever considered upgrading his equipment? stop by a few welder dealers and ask about trade ins.?
most will jump at the chance to unload older equipment if given a reasonable offer, the TRICK is knowing EXACTLY what your looking at, having a good idea as to age and condition and value and getting a DEAL, Id generally avoid anything priced higher than 1/2-1/3 of current retail.

http://www.welders-direct.com/

https://weldingsupply.securesites.com/cgi-bin/browsecatalogs.pl?UNDEF::

but be fair! include all the accessories in the bid!

look around your local area for the guy or guys that do welder repairs, they can very often get you a decent deal on a used welder or point you to someone whos looking to upgrade thier current equipment that you might be able to make a good deal for on thier older equipment.
just stick to name brands , and ID STRONGLY ADVISE STICKING TO WELDERS that REQUIRE a 220volt single phase electrical feed

lincoln
miller
ESAB
HOBART
HTP
THERMADYNE

because having access to parts and service and manuals is MANDATORY
if you do buy equipment thats USED ask for a demonatration on BOTH the thin sheet metal like patching a fender and exhaust pipes and thicker 1/4-3/8" thick stuff


DON,t forget the welder requires a MATCHED electrical feed in your garage and it may require a tank of shield gas and may require accessories or longer cords, and consumables like wire for MIG units or sticks of filler rod for stick or tig welders, all those things add up fast!
 

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GLAD to help out, :thumbsup: theres little sence in letting the new guys make the same mistakes the older guys already learned to avoid or to fail to help out!:thumbsup:
 

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btw between myself and friends, weve tried these HF & hd welders

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94056

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=55167

YOUVE GOT TO BE KIDDING, these were nearly totally useless



http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93793

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94164

crappy quality but these at least did work ....some times... but not often


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=43550

I liked this one,no problems at all, but it was not as easy to use as some Ive used


heres some from HOME DEPOT

lincoln 3200, WORKS but BARELY

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs...langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100093231

the 175 lincoln a big step up, but still not what Id suggest as adequate

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs...langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100395926

Lincoln Electric AC/DC 225/125 Welder

GOOD BASIC NO FRILLS STICK WELDER

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs...=10000003+90401&marketID=401&locStoreNum=8125


these were decent and ID recommend them, (in some cases they are limited in what they could do, yet all would do everything in steel youll need on a car) but all worked all the time Ive used them)


http://www.welders-direct.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WD&Product_Code=500526

http://www.welders-direct.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WD&Product_Code=907312

http://www.htpweld.com/products/tig_welders/tig201.html

http://www.weldingmart.com/Qstore/p001850.htm

http://www.welders-direct.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WD&Product_Code=907321

http://www.hobartbrothers.com/aboutus/downloads/

http://www.welders-direct.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WD&Product_Code=K1419-4
 
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