Originally Posted by TUFFBONNEVILLE
it is the lincoln electric weld pak 100hd
model # k2189-1
needs to be 110v or 115v
I'll pass along the recommendation that was given to me (and I just acted on two weeks ago.) Budget at least $1000. You don't have to spend it all at once, but you will eventually.
Find a welding supply shop and buy from there. The expendable supplies have a shelf life and a supply company will cycle their inventory. Plus, you can tap into their advice.
I ended up getting a Lincon Electric PowerMIG 140C (pn K2471-1) It'* a 110 "portable" that will handle light sheet metal through 5/16th. I also got a Jackson EQC helmet that auto-dims (really cool..one of the reasons I avoided learning to weld was not being able to see what I was doing...now it'* like having a pair of sunglasses on until you strike an arc.)
I'm still learning on the flux-core wire. In a few weeks I'll spring for a bottle of CO2/Argon mix to start using gas shielding on lighter sheetmetal. (I've got door patches to install on the '87)