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HF 170 Mig/Flux versus the HF 180 Mig/Flux

Discussion in 'Welding' started by 3dprintforums, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. 3dprintforums

    3dprintforums Apprentice

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    What is the real difference between the HF 170 Mig/Flux versus the HF 180 Mig/Flux is the extra 100 worth it to go with the 180 verse the 170 welder? I'm new and not sure how much i'm gonna use it.
     
  2. Engineer_Machinist

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    I think I would look for a used Lincoln 180 or the Miller of the same size. They are quite reasonably priced used and very good welders.
     
  3. Hephaestus

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    Looking at the specs it seems that the biggest difference is the duty cycle.

    Name 180 Amp-DC, 240 Volt, MIG/Flux Cored Welder
    SKU 68886
    Brand Chicago Electric Welding
    Amperage (amps) 24
    Duty cycle 20% @ 140 amps
    Maximum amperage output (amps) 180

    Name 170 Amp-DC, 240 Volt, MIG/Flux Cored Welder
    SKU 68885
    Brand Chicago Electric Welding
    Amperage (amps) 20
    Duty cycle 20% @ 110 amps
    Maximum amperage output (amps) 170


    Lincolns are very good. I would make sure the used one does not have issues with the controls, feed cable, or gun...
     
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