mig 120 volts or mig 220 volts

I need you guys opinion. I'm thinking of buying a mig really just to
learn how to mig and weld thin metal. I do stick welding mainly for my
farm use. I'm looking at the Hobart Handler 140 (115V) and the Hobart
Handler 180 (220V). I read on this newsgroup some time ago to spend
the extra money and get the 220V. I can go the exta money but it seems
to me that I would be more flexable around the farm with the 115V and
can use it with my 3KW generator. Any opinions?
Mac
want tobe weldor.
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Mac Maxwell
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Well if you are willing to shell out more cash you can buy a Miller Passport, with is a robust compact inverter based 110volt/220volt MIG system.
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If you choose to go with a cheaper machine, keep in mind that a 220volt MIG can do up to 1/4" aluminum, while a 110volt machine really can't do aluminum at all.
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Ernie Leimkuhler
Passport looks like the ticket , but I can't justify the fare at a grand more. My use time will be about 15 to 20 hours a year. Aluminum is one of the main reasons I plan to use it for, so I guess it is 220 volts. Thanks for the info, you saved me from wasting my money on a 120V. I can use my Bobcat to power the 220V in the field. Thanks Again, Mac Waneebe Weldor.
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Mac Maxwell
If aluminum is what you are after then why not make it even easier, and just buy a readywelder spoolgun. I adore mine.
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I have run mine for every possible type and vintage of welding power supply.
Great little guns. Check ebay for online dealers and you can find them for under $400.
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Ernie Leimkuhler
I have a Hobart 110v 140 Amp machine. (It runs great on my 3000 watt generator too). The 140 manual says one can weld from 16ga. (0.60") up to 11 ga. (1/8") Alum w/100 percent Argon and 0.30 wire. Nothing thinner, nothing thicker. I have not tried it. The machine seems to have enough power (on 20 amp 110v outlet) to weld 3/16" steel plate okay (w/CO2). Admittedly, I have not tested any 3/16 coupons. Could be ineffective. Not much duty cycle there though, when 'wide open'. charlie
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charles
************ In the Hobart 140 manual, this welding of 3/16" steel with CO2, is not listed as within the machines range. Flux core does go up to 1/4" steel, with 0.35" wire .
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charles
Regarding the 1/4" steel, is there an asterix or something in the manual or the chart inside the door that says multi-pass required, or something to that effect?
I think you can do 6" plate if you wanted to with multi-pass.
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AL

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