14 years ago
dreamt up an on topic question.
I hate the questions about "which welder is the best?" , but find
myself asking it.
This all just for background:
I have a Century 110V welder at work. It only has 4 heat settings
and a variable feed dial. It has been heavily used for over 6
years and has performed quite well on many tasks. We tried gas
for a while, but I decided that .030 flux core was just more
simple and even better. This Century has the "always hot" tip
which had a distinct learning curve. I like the size, the
mobility, and being able to use it as 110V on project sites. I
have full time access to a Ranger 8, SA200, Lincoln 250 AC/DC,
and a 220V Lincoln mig. These are all great welders, but the
little 110 is just easier to use for stuff. It still has the
original drive rollers and plastic Bowden sleeve in a no-name gun.
I know we are probably getting close to needing to replace this
unit or at least the gun portion. Our existing accounts tend
toward Lincoln products, but Miller and Hobart and Grainger are
available, I'm not sure about other brands. Once the purchase is
made, I expect it to last another 5-10 years.
What units meet my overall requirements? Can I replace just the
cable and gun on what I have and would that make any sense? I am
looking for actual reasons to favor one choice over another,
rather than the subjective preference type answers.