I've been looking for a decent 220v mig welder for a while (I currently have an old Lincoln buzz box). I found a 250X which comes with a full-size bottle full of gas for $550. Apparently some of these were digital, but this one is analog. I've read some negative comments about the 250 series, but I wanted to try and get some more details if possible.
Apparently the hot-start feature was a problem for .023 wire, but there seems to be a fairly easy way to disconnect the diode responsible for this. But I've also heard complaints about the arc quality being too sharp.
This seems to be a decent buy, but I had been interested in a new Hobart Handler 187 which everyone seems to really like. Does anyone know how these welders would compare? Price-wise, a 187 is about $650 plus a bottle, but of course it would be new with a warranty.
Does anyone have any first-hand experience with the 250X? I will be able to try out the welder for myself if I'm interested, but I won't waste the time if this machine was really a dud. Also, I've only welded with a torch and stick, so I'm not in a great position to compare to other mig welders.
Thanks for the input...