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tooge 12-11-2012 01:34 PM

Welders
 
I'm wanting to get an intro type welder. My only welding experience was 30 years ago in metal shop, heh. Anyhow, I'm wanting something fairly inexpensive, as in less than $500, something simple to use, but I'm clueless as to what is out there and companies, etc. Any help.

Brock 12-11-2012 01:35 PM

You want to stick arc, or wire feed?

ghak99 12-11-2012 01:50 PM

Miller and Hobart have treated us very well, but I'm talking about their bigger welders.

A neighbor has one of the small 115v Hobarts and says he gets along very well with it. I want to say he gave ~400 for it. I'd guess it's paid for itself at least 3 times by watching his driveway projects.

tooge 12-11-2012 01:53 PM

oh, and it would be for doing small jobs on 16gg or less steel for the most part. Maybe a little fabrication type stuff, but nothing more than that.

tooge 12-11-2012 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Brock (Post 9199917)
You want to stick arc, or wire feed?

probably arc from what I remember about them helping a buddy or two over the years with them. I've tried the wire feeder types and they always seem like a pain in the ass, but that could have been operator error.

LiveSteam 12-11-2012 01:55 PM

Kinda depends on what you want to do. lil Lincoln wire feed are nice for fence post, broken basket ball polls, stuff that strength aint really going to be an issue. If you start talking Load on weld. Like a boiler You need a stick feed DC or AC welder. DC is easier for a rookie to flame the tip of the rod & get on with his weld. Both types can be had cheap if you look around.

Brock 12-11-2012 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by tooge (Post 9199968)
probably arc from what I remember about them helping a buddy or two over the years with them. I've tried the wire feeder types and they always seem like a pain in the ass, but that could have been operator error.

I think wire feed is the way you want to go for thin metal. Stick is generally for 1/4" thick and up. Plus wire feed can do the thicker stuff too, depending on how powerful it is.

LiveSteam 12-11-2012 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by tooge (Post 9199968)
probably arc from what I remember about them helping a buddy or two over the years with them. I've tried the wire feeder types and they always seem like a pain in the ass, but that could have been operator error.

They are nice. I use a lot of flx core wire in my wire feed. No gas needed. I build a lot of choo choo train shit with that lil wire feed. Its great for modeling & toys

Buehler445 12-11-2012 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by tooge (Post 9199968)
probably arc from what I remember about them helping a buddy or two over the years with them. I've tried the wire feeder types and they always seem like a pain in the ass, but that could have been operator error.

IMO, wire is easier than stick. I'm pretty n00bish with a welder, and wire works pretty well.

If it were me, I'd pick up a smaller miller wire welder. Be it known though I'm a welding amateur.

kcpasco 12-11-2012 02:10 PM

I prefer TIG for thin metal

Brock 12-11-2012 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by kcpasco (Post 9200014)
I prefer TIG for thin metal

You gotta have gas for that, right?

kcpasco 12-11-2012 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Brock (Post 9200019)
You gotta have gas for that, right?

Yes it's differs between carbon, stainless or aluminum

Brock 12-11-2012 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by kcpasco (Post 9200024)
Yes it's differs between carbon, stainless or aluminum

Do you have to lease the bottles or anything like that? That's what's always kept me from getting into it, I already spend a bunch of acetylene and oxygen.

ghak99 12-11-2012 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by tooge (Post 9199965)
oh, and it would be for doing small jobs on 16gg or less steel for the most part. Maybe a little fabrication type stuff, but nothing more than that.

I'd take a look at the small wire units that have the ability to have a bottle added. You can always buy or build a cart to roll the unit/bottle/tools around on after you know you like it.

We don't use it, but several odd job guys get along with the core wire really well.

Groves 12-11-2012 02:24 PM

If you make sure the model description has the word "autoset" in it, you're heading the right direction.


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