Now, I'm not all that new to welding, tho, I haven't done any welding in over 20 yrs, but, there were no 110v mig welders then, either. I'm wondering how good these 110v mig welders are, Lincoln, Hobart, etc. Most, if not all, of my welding will be around motorcycles, so it would be a major stretch to do any fabbing with anything with 1/4", 1/8" would be typical, as well as sheet. That is my situation, which would be the better machine, the 110 version or a 220? I realize that the 110v has the option of portability, and I suppose the 220 would too, with the right extension, but.....
From what I have read so far, is that the 110v units tend to blow breakers when they are run at the high end of the amp scale, whereas, the 220 doesn't. Would this be happening due to undersized breakers or is this any breaker? I've been looking at the 140amp units from Lincoln & Hobart and they seem to fit the bill.
Also, is there any difference to the quality of welds between the 110v & 220? If it's any help, I'm not looking to get into the welding business, just home projects, motorcycles, etc.
Any recommendations? What about the reconditioned welders, like what Tool King sells? The only this that I have ever bought reconditioned is a Harmony 880 Remote. I've had it for several months and it works fine, but, it doesn't heat up, either. LOL I'd like to keep the cost between $400-$600 After reading several posts, here, there seems to be quite a few Horror Freight mig units here; these I want to stay away from. I'd rather go with something from the "big 3".