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    Default What machine would be the best fit for my needs??!

    Im rigging up an 80s model chevy dually for weekend work. Ill be welding what i can for instance; repairing buckets on heavy equipment, pipe fencing for farm use and random jobs i can wrap up on a weekend and so forth. Ive been looking at a bobcat 250 however i want to have a machine that i wont "outgrow" too soon. Eventually, the idea is for me to work for myself once i feel like i have a strong enough client base. I dont see myself going independent for well over a year or so. From this, what machine would you suggest for my needs? If there is another model or manufacture that you think i should look at, im all ears. Thanks!

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    For what your wanting to do, a bobcat 250 will serve you well.
    Lincoln Idealarc 250 stick/tig
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    Quote Originally Posted by Missile Man View Post
    ....however i want to have a machine that i wont "outgrow" too soon. Eventually, the idea is for me to work for myself once i feel like i have a strong enough client base. I dont see myself going independent for well over a year or so. From this, what machine would you suggest for my needs? If there is another model or manufacture that you think i should look at, im all ears. Thanks!
    If you are considering expanding your capabilities to MIG & Fluxcore, Spoolgun, Suitcase feeder or even TIG...

    I would strongly suggest considering a "Trailblazer"

    the availability of the 14 pin control connector with supporting circuitry on the Trailblazer makes that expansion simple and hassle free... actually "Plug & Play"....
    not as simple or seamless on a Bobcat..

    That more than makes up the difference in price between the two...
    Last edited by H80N; 03-25-2014 at 05:34 AM.
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    I agree. I would look for a used trailblazer

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    H80N and Ciggotto6, You guys are dead on in my opinion, Sorry Snoepro but I have to disagree with you.

    Missille Man said he wants a machine he wont grow out of.

    Missle man, For a little more than the cost of a Bobcat you can have a Trail Blazer that will do excellent lift arc Tig, Awesome mig welding with a suitcase feeder from as thin as sheet metal all the way up to laying down .045 wire on heavy equipment, When it comes to arc welding ( Also a great machine )

    When you need to air carbon arc it does a great job there also, just use 3/16" carbons.

    If your running your machine 30 plus hours a week, Week after Week like a pipe welder then you might want a diesel.

    I just gave my cousins son who is going to be a union pipe welder one of my older Trail Blazers to practice with so he doesn't have to make a trip to the union hall to practice and its a 1995 still going strong.

    I still have 2 other Trail Blazers, One for back up, one on my Foreman's Rig and I have a 2001 Pipe pro on my Rig.

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