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Re: welders

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Subject: Re: welders
From: Don Malling <>
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 22:21:39 -0500
This sounds very interesting -- maybe the Hobart is a Miller in

Would be nice to hear from the Hobart owners their impression of its

Seems I can recall that the Hobart came with the gas kit. I know the
Lincoln does not. Not sure about the Miller.

Don Malling 

Larry Hoy wrote:
> I bought a Miller at the local welding shop.  My experience has been
> much like Jims.  When you buy a welder at my welding supply store they
> give you 'lessons'.  We're not talking a long course, but as many
> Saturdays as you want to give up.  I think the have 'rookie' lessons
> once a month.
> As I recall mine is a Miller 130.  It runs on 110v and uses gas or flux
> wire.  I was going to get the 220v model but chose the 110v for the
> 'portability' it provides.  I can plug it in just about anywhere.  I was
> concerned if it would be big enough, I've owned it for 3 years, and it
> has handled anything I can throw at it.
> The Miller was a little cheaper than the Lincoln (my welding shop sells
> both) but I feel it is as good or better than the Lincoln.
> The Hobart is cheaper than both.  But don't let price fool you.  It is a
> great welder.  I'm thinking after Miller bought Hobart they moved it to
> a different market than the Miller welders.  Why would you compete with
> yourself?  You'll find the Hobart in many retail outlets (including
> Harbor Freight).  It's my understanding it is still the high quality
> welder it always has been, just marketed differently.
> One more thing, the Lincoln you see at the home improvement store is not
> a professional model.  It is produced to be sold at retail outlets.
> That does not make it a bad machine.  But don't compare it to the
> cheapest Lincoln at the welding shop ... No comparison.
> Larry Hoy
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:
> > [] On Behalf Of Jim Stuart
> > Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 4:58 PM
> > To: Mg list (E-mail)
> > Subject: welders
> >
> >
> > My first MIG welder was a Lincoln sold by Sears under their
> > own name. What a dog! On top of that, I barely knew what I
> > was doing- a bad combination. Finally, after several years of
> > getting the guys in the company shop to do my welding, I
> > decided to try again, buying a welder. This time I was a bit
> > smarter. I went to the welding supply shop were the company I
> > work for buys all their parts & supplies & talked to one of
> > the salesmen, telling how I was planning to use the welder, &
> > how much I didn't't know.
> > Jim Stuart
> > 1966 MGBV8
> > 1974 MGBGTV8
> > 1973 MGBGT V8 under construction

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