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Lincoln Mig welder
#156264 Fri Jun 28 2002 03:35 AM
Joined: Jan 1970
Posts: 374
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Here I am again, beating a dead horse to death AGAIN. I have a lead on a reasonably priced Lincoln SP-250 mig welder. I talked to the Lincoln salesman today and he said this is the older version on the Lincoln SP-255. It has 40% duty cycle @ 250A, 60% @ 200A, and 100% @ 140A. Minimum output is 30A.

I am looking for a welder that will handle anything from body work welding to heavy (1/2") major fabrication.

Anyone running a Lincoln wire feed? Are they better/worse/same as Miller? As always, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Lincoln Mig welder
#156265 Fri Jun 28 2002 09:43 PM
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 149
My local welding shop who sells both Lincoln and Miller says that Miller are more heavy duty then Lincoln. Miller has more metal parts like the rollers ect. I have the Miller 175 mig and I love it! After he told me that I started to notice what professionals were useing, you see them driving on the road on trailers or in back of service trucks their all Millers and I have seen some that looked pretty rough and they are still using them. Also want to check out parts and service, no one around here has parts or service a Lincoln. Several do on Millers. May be differant were you are though. Happy welding!


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Re: Lincoln Mig welder
#156266 Tue Jul 09 2002 12:37 AM
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Well, I can't speak for a welder that big but I have had a Lincoln Pro-Mig 135 for over a year and I like it just fine. It seems well built and it welds a nice bead even with my bad welding skills- I had never welded before I bought it. It feeds the wire nice and evenly and the controls are friendly.

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Re: Lincoln Mig welder
#156267 Tue Jul 09 2002 02:31 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7
I've got both.The Lincoln is good for light work,the Miller is a more durable,heavy use unit.I use the Lincoln for bodywork-panel replacement,frenching headlights,decking hoods,patch-panels etc.The Millermatic 130xp I use for frame stuff and fabrication and it does the job just fine.The feed mechanism on the Miller is less troublesome than the Lincoln too.It all depends on what you feel comfortable with ,what works for you.They're both good units. cool

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