Suggestions on a mig

  1. BRODTuning Member

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    Hi all, im after another mig asap as im restoring two cars at current. Got a price for a 200amp single phase oerlikon through work last week and it came out at £550 +vat...long term ill probably wish id bought it, but since 95% of home work is bodywork, i dont see the point in paying that much when i can just use the mig in work for larger stuff. Im looking at spending £300 and having a machine by the end of this week! (Fast approaching deadline for the car to be done)!! Ive had my eyes on this machine for a while http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sealey-SU...513?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item35ba0fd169 but i dont want to buy it and a few months down the line regret it! As said, i dont want to pay over £300 and im after a machine by this weekend at the latest! What would people suggest?
    Thanks for reading!
    Brad.
     
  2. BRODTuning Member

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    Ohh and one more thing being im not after a small sized machine, ie. a hobby clarke mig as in my personal experience these machines dont have great wire feeds! which isnt all that usefull when it comes to welding bodywork to a decent standard. Im more after a medium sized (ish) machine as i use large or medium sized gas bottles too, duty cycle isnt a big point as nearly all of my stuff is bodywork and not heavy amperage, cheers again.
     
  3. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    That is a small machine. ;)
    The equivalent Clarke to that would be the 160TM which has 6 power settings instead of the 4 on that sealey.
    The wire feed unit will be the standard 'hobby' type. Plastic, tiny motor etc. no better than the ones on any of the Clarke units in a similar price range.
    If you want a 'good' wire feed unit on a new machine then you'll have to spend an awful lot more than £300. ;)
     
  4. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator

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    Although I have owned neither, after many hours reading on here I think I would go for a Clarke before the one you suggest, in fact I can't really remember any complaints about the Clarke wire feed except from owners of well used machines which are overdue a service.
     
  5. wheresmejumper

    wheresmejumper Banned

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    im only still learning the very basics of mig welding,so i have hardly any experience,
    but i bought that welder new,and sold it after about 3 hours of use.wire feed was all over the place with very little accuracy/fine adjustment.
    bought a second hand better unit for not much more and improved my welds instantly.
     
  6. shenion

    shenion Tool Pack Rat

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    Clarke does sell some Chinese built models. maybe that is what you had.

    I had a 130EN and has no problems. The wire feed had no problems with the 12-foot torch I put on it.
     
  7. wheresmejumper

    wheresmejumper Banned

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    i had the Sealey in the link the op posted
     
  8. BRODTuning Member

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  9. shenion

    shenion Tool Pack Rat

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    The 160TM is gas only, the 160EN is gas/gasless.

    The 180 has a higher minimum current and only has 4 power settings. Looks like one of the Chinese models.

    I'd go for either of the 160's.
     
  10. BRODTuning Member

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    I think ill go for the 160TM ill only ever use gas and it looks a better peice of kit to my eye hahaa, cheers for the reply fella! going to order one now :)
     
  11. BRODTuning Member

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    One more question before i click the buy it now? best place to order?
     
  12. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    Weldequip at top of page?
     
  13. BRODTuning Member

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    He seems to be sold out of this machine mate!:( Ill try dropping him a pm
     
  14. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator

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    Agree with robotstar5... they may be a little cheaper on fleabay but the back up would worry me in case of a problem in the guarantee period.
     
  15. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    i would buy that portamig in the forsale section on this site if i was you mate
     
  16. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator

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    Agree 100%... Very rare for those to come up for sale and the price is a give away
     
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