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    I started with a Lincoln 225 a long time ago. I used a Hobart 140 when my dad was welding in auto body panels.

    . I want to purchase a new welder for myself. I have a utility trailer and I want to build a log lifting arch for it. I pick up logs and have them milled for lumber. Some of the logs are 1,500-3,000 pounds. There's just no easy way to winch them up on a trailer without a skid streer or tractor.

    So, I've watched a lot of videos on log arches and spoke to some guys about them. I want to build one for my trailer that way I can load the logs. I will be building the arch out of 1/4" steel.

    Which welder do you guys suggest for a budget of around 800-1,000 to spend on a welder?? I'd appreciate any advice you can give me. I'm by no means a pro and I don't care to have a shop build the arch for me. They've already quoted me 300-350.00 just in labor.
    Last edited by outdoorlife2005; 03-08-2018, 11:39 PM.

  • #2
    You want stick or MIG or what? You have a 240V 50 amp or so outlet? Hard to beat an old Lincoln Idealarc 250 or a Miller Dialarc 250 if you can get one for $300-$400. The Hobart Stickmate 210i is a bit more portable and easier on the input current.

    As for MIG, the Hobart Handler 190 and 210MVP units are nice. More expensive than stick, especially factoring in the shielding gas.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by usmcpop View Post
      Hard to beat an old Lincoln Idealarc 250 or a Miller Dialarc 250 if you can get one for $300-$400
      Good advise right here. I love the Lincoln Idealarc 250's. I got lucky with three scores, $50, $104.50, and $250. Look for the deals, they are out there. These welders will weld pretty much anything. They will handle a 3/16" rod, and the arc is awesome.
      "Stick-man"
      Miller Shopmaster 300, Super S-32P
      Lincoln
      Commander 500D
      LN-25
      Idealarc 250
      5 Idealarc Tig 300/300's
      Hypertherm Powermax 600

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      • #4
        The Hobart 160 will build that.
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        • #5
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          • #6
            I would think stick welding would be the way to go. You have to decide what duty cycle you would be happy with. If you need more than the Lincoln 225 then as recommended above an Lincoln Ideal Arc is hard to beat. Run it off a 50 amp plug. It will run high enough for what you want to do with a low duty cycle.

            If you want to use MIG I would look at least a Hobart Ironman 230. I would think next would be a 250 amp Lincoln or Miller. I am not one for waiting on duty cycle.
            Hobart beta-mig 2510 Mig welder
            Victor OA Welding/Cutting Rig
            Century 295 amp Stick welder bought 30+ years ago

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            • #7
              Originally posted by coxhaus View Post
              I would think stick welding would be the way to go. You have to decide what duty cycle you would be happy with. If you need more than the Lincoln 225 then as recommended above an Lincoln Ideal Arc is hard to beat. Run it off a 50 amp plug. It will run high enough for what you want to do with a low duty cycle.

              If you want to use MIG I would look at least a Hobart Ironman 230. I would think next would be a 250 amp Lincoln or Miller. I am not one for waiting on duty cycle.
              As sberry said above, the Hobart 160I would do this with no duty cycle problems, and would have a big portability and power consumption/input requirement advantage over the Lincoln transformer machines. And you could pay for it, or its larger buddy, with your labor quote on this job alone.

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