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    Default HF Spot welder question

    I'm going to order a spotwelder. I hate to order the 110 model when the 220 is practically the same price.(or less) A-K builder warns against buying the 220 for fear of burn through. What about the thicker recievers? Weld paks, u-fold ems, etc? I always try to get the most for my money as I have very little. Is the 220 model a big mistake or not??
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    The 220V will work, it's just not as forgiving.
    It has a smaller window between welded and melted.
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    Default Spot welder issue

    I bought a 220v welder thinking I would be able to use it on heavier metal if I needed. The first time I used it, it quit working, so I sent it back and purchased a 110v. It works great and it came with a plug where the 220v didn't. The two welders look identical and sometimes the 220 is cheaper than the 110. It's nice to have the extra availability of plug ins too.

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    A 110 will burn through the receivers also
    I know nothing...........nothing !

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunkgy
    A 110 will burn through the receivers also
    Yes, but will take longer than the 220v to do so.
    That's what I meant about the 110v being more forgiving.
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    the 220v burns through the receiver in less than 3 seconds. I use a 2 second count and I get results I am happy with.
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    Where are you guys buying your spot welder from and about how much are the? I have a mig, but I think the spot welder would be better for the rails.

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    Harbor Freight has periodic sales on the 220 and the 110v models. I opted for the 110v model because of what 7.62x39 mentioned.

    Funny, my unit was made in Armenia. It is probably the only thing I own that was made there.
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    Thanks F-Troop. I will check them out. They just finished building a new store near were I work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NexusX
    Thanks F-Troop. I will check them out. They just finished building a new store near were I work.

    NexusX - be careful, it's almost like having Centerfire Systems move next door! You can spend a lot of time and money there.....
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