Your response is spot on. I have used my 175SP+ to make several things from
paint lock sheet metal. One was a catch pan for my washing machine, which
needed to be an odd size. I don't know if one of the "steps" would have
done it, or the old, "one's too hot and one's too cold" thing. The use of
the machine has a lot to do with its selection in the first place, and as I
never know what I'm going to run into, I like to buy for all situations.
But that's just me.
As regards the wirefeed unit, I have the SP125 Plus so it's pretty
old. I bought the welder used and it looked pretty well used. There
was lots of bondo dust inside so I think it probably spent a lot of
time in a body shop. The guy I bought it from was using it in a
shipyard. The plastic wirefeed parts are still working perfectly. In
fact, everything works perfectly in this machine.
THANK YOU to everyone who replied.
I picked up the last Mig pak 15 the store had. they are considered
discontinued by Canadian tire up here in Canada and i got it for less
than they paid for it. CTC is Clearing those welders out below cost at
the moment and any Canadian who might be interested in it might want
to drop in.
the feeder guts are far more solidly built in the lincoln than in the
"house brand" that was my other option.
I am however VERY happy to be able to drop into my usual welding shop
and pick up standard consumables for a common gun and IF i get an
aluminum MIG job I'll buy a Magnum 100SG to do it with. and once again
deal with simple common consumables
Thanks again for y our help and feedback
I'm happy with my Blue Tig machine and now my Red Mig
Life is simple and parts are simple and the magnum 100L gun is
available across many platforms and most of them are Industrial and
supported in "real" welding shops
I have preached this very idea here for a long time. When considering
buying a machine, consumables and spare parts are a BIG consideration. Even
with clones and relabeled machines. They can be called "Old Sparky" on the
label, and if they use Lincoln or Miller or Hobart consumables, then you
just jog on down to the store and buy them. Even the Borgs have tips and
other consumables now for the major colors. Get one of the Fujimatsosuki's,
and you won't have the same luck, and your machine will spend more time
sitting there instead of welding.
Even if you DID save big bucks when you bought it. I suggest that anyone
who buys a cheap welding machine insist on a good carrying handle. That
way, it will always make a good boat anchor.