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    Firepower FP-200 vs Primeweld 180

    Looking for some advice as I'm unsure what to prioritize. Sorry in advance for such a long post.

    I'm going to buy my first welder for hobbyist projects. Things on project list will be:
    PC case's with 14 gauge sheet metal. Office desk and occasion furniture. I would like to eventually attempt off road/ over landing mods and maybe front bumper. The thickest i plan for currently is stands and mounts for active shooting targets at 1/4" or so.

    While I will primarily be working with thinner pieces, I want a unit capable of handling thicker metal so I can do it all with one welder.
    The priority in my mind is choosing the unit that produces the best welds possible.

    Welder specs:
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    Firepower FP-200
    ESAB designed
    Their 3yr warranty

    10 ft. Tweco Fusion 180 MIG gun with Velocity consumables
    Firepower/Victor GF250 gas regulator

    Functions:
    MIG inductance, wire run-in, wire burn-back time, and pre/post gas flow settings.
    2T/4T welding modes

    Infinitely adjustable

    15 percent @ 200 amps

    22 gauge up to 3/8-inch

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    Prime weld 180

    3 year warranty
    Tweco 100 style torch
    Aluminum spool
    Stick weld capabity

    Shielding Gas Pre-Flow and Post-Flow
    2T/4T Torch Trigger Lock

    30 percent @ 180 amps
    60 percent @160
    100 percent @ 100 amps

    >= 22 gauge (no max mentioned)
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    Questions:
    1. Are the features such as MIG inductance, wire run-in, wire burn-back time missing from primeweld offering?
    How import are they?

    2. Does the primeweld have infinite adjustability? Is that important?

    3. 200A low duty cycle vs 180A not as low duty cycle better?

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    Firepower FP-200 vs Primeweld 180

    Quote Originally Posted by wesert_delder View Post

    Questions:
    1. Are the features such as MIG inductance, wire run-in, wire burn-back time missing from primeweld offering?
    How import are they?

    2. Does the primeweld have infinite adjustability? Is that important?

    3. 200A low duty cycle vs 180A not as low duty cycle better?

    No experience with either unit, just theoretical knowledge.

    1- Not important, nice to have tho. I don't know if the primeweld offers that or not.

    2 Yes it does have infinite adjustability.

    3- They will both work fine for your intended application, but obviously a higher duty cycle is always better. The primeweld unit also has stick welding functionality that'll come handy for thicker stuff.

    You can take a look at the primeweld 200MTS, cheaper than the firepower.
    Last edited by precivilization; 1 Week Ago at 05:06 AM.

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    Re: Firepower FP-200 vs Primeweld 180

    I appreciate your response!

    The firepower is on sale for $620.
    That's what made this a tighter race for me. Assuming the firepower has a better gun and some extra features.

    I guess It kind of comes down to whether or not there's enough of benefit from the stick welding ability on the primeweld.
    I don't know enough about stick welding to know why it's beneficial for thicker material so I'll read up on that.

    Thank you for your take on it!
    Last edited by wesert_delder; 1 Week Ago at 09:11 PM.

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    Re: Firepower FP-200 vs Primeweld 180

    You are most welcome

    Take a look at this when you have time. There are also alot of good videos on the subject on YouTube.


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