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Re: Body repair welding
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: January 23, 2018 09:45AM

I've never used an Eastwood welder. Love my Miller 135, about 13 years old now. Consumables are easy to get locally. Don't rule out Hobart, made by Miller. Lincoln is decent also, I prefer Miller. And if you had lots of $$, Esab.....

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Re: Body repair welding
Posted by: DRCORVAIR ()
Date: January 23, 2018 03:00PM

I also bought and use an Eastwood 175 after much research and agonizing. I've bought a bunch more tools (Like a really nice stud gun) with the money I saved over a Hobart or Lincoln and it did come w/ the Al spool gun. Have not tried it yet but nice to know I can. A friend who helps me is a 30 Yr pro body man and he thought it behaved very well and was pretty surprised. I've been able to go from zero experience on MIG (Gas/stick only) to pretty capable now.
RE Eastwood and service- I thought I had an issue w/ the drive speed after about 4 mos, called them and had a complete new drive assembly at my door in 2 days, no charge.
I'd do it again. I looked for months for a "good" used MIG and none to be had in my neck of the woods, gone in minutes. I totally gave up on that idea and didn't even consider a Miller due to cost. A combo 110/ 220V would have been nice but they were just coming out and were spendy.

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Re: Body repair welding
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: January 25, 2018 08:59PM

DRCORVAIR Wrote:
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> I also bought and use an Eastwood 175 after much
> research and agonizing. I've bought a bunch more
> tools (Like a really nice stud gun) with the money
> I saved over a Hobart or Lincoln and it did come
> w/ the Al spool gun. Have not tried it yet but
> nice to know I can. A friend who helps me is a 30
> Yr pro body man and he thought it behaved very
> well and was pretty surprised. I've been able to
> go from zero experience on MIG (Gas/stick only) to
> pretty capable now.
> RE Eastwood and service- I thought I had an issue
> w/ the drive speed after about 4 mos, called them
> and had a complete new drive assembly at my door
> in 2 days, no charge.
> I'd do it again. I looked for months for a "good"
> used MIG and none to be had in my neck of the
> woods, gone in minutes. I totally gave up on that
> idea and didn't even consider a Miller due to
> cost. A combo 110/ 220V would have been nice but
> they were just coming out and were spendy.

I see you like cool tools. Check out the Spitznagel Dent Fix MaxI dent puller. Does studs, pulls with pullrod, shrinks, and can use wiggle wire for pulling creases. Since I got this I rarely use the stud gun...only need it for heavy damage that the pull rod can't pull. This can be purchased for quite a bit less than the list prices shown here. Recently used it to pull the center crest of a somewhat caved down Corvair hood. Wiggle wire and an engine hoist pulling up, worked greatsmiling smiley

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Re: Body repair welding
Posted by: 19sixty5 ()
Date: January 26, 2018 10:10AM

Eastwood is adding the spool gun for free, and free shipping right now., pretty much a screaming deal!


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Re: Body repair welding
Posted by: toytron ()
Date: January 26, 2018 02:36PM

You do pretty much get what you pay for especially when it comes to warranty work. I use to work in a Weller repair shop and the Lincoln, Miller's, Esab's and thermal dynamics had great warranty and service. I don't know about the of brands but the small Hobarts were made by Miller, the century are made by Lincoln and the large Hobarts were made by Thermo dynamics.

I have found that most inverter welders made welding easier to the less experienced and many of the small welders are transformer welders. The other thing to consider though tack/stitch welding does not require a high duty cycle you still should consider it. Many of the small Lincoln and Miller units are 110/220 volt and 20% duty cycle.

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