In Reply to: Choosing 175A wire welder posted by PaulC on 05/07/03 at 12:06 AM:
I'd be more inclined to go with the Miller, though perhaps a 250 machine might be better if you intend on doing any bigger jobs and need 035 - 045" wire. The smaller machines simply will not push that wire no matter what the manual says.
However if you never want to get out of the 023, or 030 mild steel wire, then the Miller 150/185 will suit your needs adequately.
A cheaper and better bang for your buck would be the ESAB 180. It'll crank out all day, has a great warranty, and is about half the price of a Miller or Lincoln.
Remember though that Miller and ESAB tend to make all of thier products in house, Lincoln may or not be a true Lincoln, it may be a "SIP", Handy Core, or MK welding products unit badged under the Lincoln name and colors.