I would HIGHLY recommend a Stickmate, the Hobart welder.
Its like a Miller Thunderbolt but it costs less and puts out 5 more amps.
I know a lot of people like AC/225s, and while Ive never used the AC/DC version, I can say that on paper the Hobart is still a MUCH better machine. Higher amperage, higher duty cycle, infinite adjustment (big deal), and I believe a better warranty.
I bought one in early 2011 and beat the crap out of it, still have it. Its an exceptionally good machine, welds like a dream on DC and welds worlds better than my AC/225 on the AC side.
Here are a couple videos of my experiences, first is my going to buy my stickmate, then is a review after I'd had it for a while. Audio/Video clip:video1 video2 ,
Re: Lincoln AC/DC welder in reply to Lanse, 11-18-2012 18:40:19
What do you mean when you say you "beat the crap out of it"? From the videos of yours I've watched, you don't appear to abuse equipment. If you mean you've had the Stickmate for almost two years and you've used it hard and it still works, I'd consider that not too surprising. I bought one new about six years ago, and I haven't used it a lot. Even with only moderate usage it's developed some problems I'd expect after long, hard use: The linkage to the amperage setting (movable shunt) has gotten sloppy, and the mode selector switch sometimes doesn't click in when I change from AC+ to DC, for instance, and I get no arc until I fiddle with it awhile. Those aren't fatal problems, but they don't make me think more highly of the welder, either.
Re: Lincoln AC/DC welder in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 11-19-2012 10:27:51
Stan, I have tried the Stickmate amperage control and think it needs work.Feels sloppy, I like my Lincolns tap switch current adjustment better.Most of my welding is done with an old 10 buck 150 amp welder.The Lincoln 225 comes out on the tough jobs.I bought the Lincoln when I had some tough farm welding jobs.
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