View Full Version : Should I get It

08-18-2009, 07:07 PM
Hello I have been lurking around these forums for a while and finally decided to register. This is my first post. I I have been using a craftsman mig for a couple of months and I feel that I need to Get a real welder because no matter how hard I try I cant get it to lay a good bead.

I found someone selling a used Hobart handler 187 for around 500 firm and asked about it the story was it almost brand new only 6 months old used to fix a trailer. comes with cart helmet, a brand new spool of wire (solid). and extra tips. I know I can get a refurbished unit for about 570 without cart and helmet. Is it worth saving 70 dollars and getting this without warranty but with the extras?

08-18-2009, 07:23 PM
I am sure you'll find a few folks here that also own Craftsman MIG welders that perform well. You did not say what your welding experience is!! It could be you need to get the proper combo of setup with clean metal, proper ground, and not exceeding the capacity of the unit. Or it could be a problem with the unit.

08-18-2009, 07:46 PM
it could be so. its a 110 machine 90 amp made by century for craftsman. and it not one of the newer units might be about 5-6 years old. got it used It did ok for a while then all of my weld just got crappy and very hard to get a good arc going. Just so you know Im welding auto body panels.

08-18-2009, 09:23 PM
If it truly is only 6 months old the Warranty is still good.

08-19-2009, 07:08 AM
To do auto body panel I would recommend a gas mig welder. The mig should have an infinite adjust knob so you can get you heat setting right. Although I still do some auto body repairs with a Oxy/Acy welder and some brazing rod.

08-19-2009, 09:26 PM
so what should I get ?

Weldnut 1
08-20-2009, 07:34 PM
Yes buy it and be happy.

Felonyass Monk
08-23-2009, 01:49 PM
Buy the refurbished welder.you get a full factory warranty,you can use the helmet you have now and you also get the pleasure of building your own cart

09-03-2009, 01:03 PM
well I didnt get it. I instead bought a used miller matic 135 I didnt get a chance to really play with it yet but did run a couple of test beads on not so clean material and so far im liking it .