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Welder Advise

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I’m getting together all the tools need for my 67 FB restoration. Since I need to replace some frame rails and sheet metal one of those tools is a mig welder. The last time I welded was 30 years ago and it was a stick welder. Since I’ve never mig welded I need your help in buying one. I’ve been looking at the Lincoln and Hobart 130 and 140 amp welders. I can purchase the 130 amp machine for around $400, the 140 amp is around $500. I can’t see where an extra 10 amps is worth $100. I would appreciate any guidance you could give me which welder to go with and why. Thanks for your help.
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Regardless of what others have and love the fact is for a single restoration and even more an inexpensive welder such as the Eastwood 135 (dirt cheap on sale) has variable amperage settings and the duty cycle is more than adequate for home use. Do not use a flux core mig. The lincoln and hobart and miller welders should hold up better with heavy use but for a home built weekend project the new cheaper welders will work just fine.

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