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  1. #1
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    Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    Just picked up a Century FC90, but decided to return and get the 140HD as my first welder. Looking for community comments on yay or nay on the 140HD. Thanks.


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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    I'm assuming you mean the hardware store lincoln, they do exactly what their supposed to do, should be a good machine, easy to use, hobart makes one too, but I always liked the lincoln mig guns better, I welded a whole lot of stuff with a old 130 miller with 4 heat settings 30 years ago that are still holding up today,

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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    You do realize that the HD stands for Home Depot, and not HeavyDuty right? They are cheapened up versions of their 140C. And there is not a lot of difference in Century and Lincoln quality these days. Same company.
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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    Quote Originally Posted by lugweld View Post
    You do realize that the HD stands for Home Depot, and not HeavyDuty right? They are cheapened up versions of their 140C. And there is not a lot of difference in Century and Lincoln quality these days. Same company.
    Yes, I am aware that HD is for Home Depot. I am not doing any commercial work with this, but just DIY and learning. My understanding the only real differences between the HD and c models is the voltage adjustment and potted main board.


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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    Wire feeder is lighter weight, and internal components. Voltage adjustment is key to getting a proper/better weld.
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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    I suggest getting a 110/220 dual voltage machine. The 110 really need a dedicated 20 amp circuit or a 30. Using a extension cord will really affect performance.

    If you only want 110 volt buy a used Miller , Lincoln, or even a Hobart. Check Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. You should see lots. These are always avaiable by me. They are bought ,used a few times , and owner decides he doesn't like it, OR it's not enough amps. So, they sell and buy a 220 volt machine.

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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    Usually the idiots selling 110 machines on Craigstard and Farcepages aren't smart enough to look at the door for polarity. Dedicate a 30 amp plug in(one receptacle-own breaker) and buy a REAL extension cord for that lil 140.10/3 or 12/3. That circuit is also great for running table saws, big grinder/sanders and other power tools that state 15-18 amps on 110.You need to reach 50-100 feet or so with the welder or a heavy worm gear saw or something and you'll just smile.

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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    I suggest getting a 110/220 dual voltage machine. The 110 really need a dedicated 20 amp circuit or a 30. Using a extension cord will really affect performance.

    If you only want 110 volt buy a used Miller , Lincoln, or even a Hobart. Check Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. You should see lots. These are always avaiable by me. They are bought ,used a few times , and owner decides he doesn't like it, OR it's not enough amps. So, they sell and buy a 220 volt machine.
    Unfortunately I only have access to 120 (rental property). I do have a dryer outlet, but would need like a 100’ extension cord. Voltage access was one of the considerations because of what I have access to.


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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    It will do just fine.
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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    I like using CO2 as a shielding gas for the 120v machines. Heck, I even use it on the 252.

    A 20lb bottle is equivalent to about 174 Cubic Feet of shielding gas. Scrounge CL for Co2 bottles, home brewers use the same jug.

    Easily transported.

    You will need an adapter to connect the regulator though.

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    Ed Conley
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    MM252
    MM211 (Sold)
    Passport Plus & Spool gun
    Lincoln SP135 Plus- (Gone to a good home)
    Miller 125c Plasma 120v
    SO 2020 bender
    Beer in the fridge

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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    'tis a common misconception that there are "better" components in the C model.

    The only difference is the continuous voltage selection on the C model.
    Ed Conley
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    MM252
    MM211 (Sold)
    Passport Plus & Spool gun
    Lincoln SP135 Plus- (Gone to a good home)
    Miller 125c Plasma 120v
    SO 2020 bender
    Beer in the fridge

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    Re: Getting a 140HD, returning the Century

    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    'tis a common misconception that there are "better" components in the C model.

    The only difference is the continuous voltage selection on the C model.
    Thanks Broc! That's exactly what my research determined also.
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    SnyperX

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