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    Default Re: Considering my first welder.

    I have the Millermatic 211 with the autoset and I really like it a lot. I'm new to welding and its been very easy for me to use. I got the free alum. gun with the purchase too, but I doubt that they have that special anymore...

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    Default Re: Considering my first welder.

    I'd seriously look at the 211. One recurring theme with welders is you buy a inexpensive machine that because you never plan on doing any "heavy" stuff. Well, once you start realizing how handy having a welder is, you also realize that you need a more capable machine. So, you sell the first one (at a loss) and then you have to buy what you should've got in the first place. I started with the small Lincoln, went to a couple of intermediate size welders and now have the Miller 252.

    FWIW

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    Default Re: Considering my first welder.

    If I could do this process over again I would forego the
    little 110V homeowner box and jump right into a good
    used 220V machine.

    If you plan on ONLY welding thin sheet metal then maybe OK
    but it is those projects w/ .25" and .375" thick material where
    you will be wishing you went big(er)...
    FWIW
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artisan
    If I could do this process over again I would forego the
    little 110V homeowner box and jump right into a good
    used 220V machine.

    If you plan on ONLY welding thin sheet metal then maybe OK
    but it is those projects w/ .25" and .375" thick material where
    you will be wishing you went big(er)...
    FWIW
    My first welding project was a 1" to 1/2" thick tee joint. I used a 220v Lincoln buzz box and it worked great!

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