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 Post subject: Re: Welding for dummies
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:48 pm 
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tommudd wrote:
Have one of the cheaper Mig ( 650-700 range Eastwoods) with gas out in the garage
You can weld 1/4 if it doesn't have to hold much, but if thats what you're going after you need a larger welder


That's what we have, also with gas. It's paid for itself several times over already, fixing exhausts (poor welding on the hanger that caused one huge leak), a mower deck attachment point, several outboard parts, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Welding for dummies
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:18 pm 
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I started with a little Lincoln 120 mig, not big enough, next a 140 mig, still not big enough, then a 220 volt 180 mig, better but low duty cycle, now have a light industrial Miller 210, perfect it will weld small better than a small welder and weld 3/8 one pass, duty cycle is great $1500 including aluminum spool gun, go big first save money and time

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 Post subject: Re: Welding for dummies
PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:16 pm 
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coin wrote:
I'm in the first year of a 2 year program for welding, and i recommend on getting a stick welding machine first because once you get stick welding down the other ones are alot easier to approach, also if you go a non SMAW (stick) approach i think that even though it may be harder and i dont no if it costs more but i assume so i would go with tig (GTAW) instead of mig (GMAW) and yes im using the proper names for the welding processes to make myself look smarter.

I agree, get yourself a used Lincoln or Sears stick welder and learn how to make quality welds with it. They are a lot cheaper than the higher end Lincoln, Miller, or Hobart wire welders.
Once you get a stick welder mastered, you can weld with most anything, then graduate to a MIG or TIG. I been welding for over 50 years with stick welders and oxygen/acetylene outfits long before we had even heard of a wire fed welder... :lol:
Its like anything else, practice, practice, practice, and you will learn to make perfect welds... :wink:
I got a Sears stick welder, a Miller 220 wire welder (MIG), and a oxygen/acetylene outfit and yes, I use all three of them depending on the need...

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