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Unread 02-28-2015, 02:20 PM   #1
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Welders?

I've decided to not buy any more 4x4 stuff for a while, putting the lockers on the side burner. Really need to buy a welder, plasma cutter, and gas torch. Before I go buying do any of you recommend any specific brands?

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Unread 02-28-2015, 02:40 PM   #2
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I vote for the Hobart handler 190 MIG welder. You can buy it at tractor supply, runs flux core or gas. I'm sure it'll weld anything you need on the jeep. It's rated to 5/16" so it will handle 1/4" armor just fine. A guy in my club built a ground up YJ/CJ7 abomination with his.
For the plasma cutter get Harbor Freight's Chicago Electric plasma. It's well worth the $600. Buy the warranty and have fun!
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Unread 02-28-2015, 03:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice! I've read that Hobart make great stuff.
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Lincon, miller or Hobart. Anything else is a waste of money.
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Lincon, miller or Hobart. Anything else is a waste of money.
Not necessarily.

ESAB and Thermal Arc make some great equipment as well.
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Unread 02-28-2015, 04:18 PM   #6
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Since welding is an art as-well-as a skill. About how long does it take to get a descent grasp at it. Guitar is an art as-well-as a skill and I still suck at it!
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Another question to add: acetylene or propane? Since I'm not planning on doing any bonding with gas I figure propane would be less expensive.
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Read through the fabrication section on here. Your questions have all been answers hundreds of times and BERSK the mod for that section is the go to guy for welding. For plasma cutters the only cheap ones I'd consider are the Eastwood ones and they're great about warranty coverage.

As for learning, MIG welding is about as easy as it gets for welding. If you can slowly draw circles and learn to adjust your machine properly you can weld with one easily. Standard wire with shielding gas is a lot easier to learn on than fluxcore is though you'll need a closed area without wind or draft for that. With flux it's not as smooth a welding process and you have to chip slag off every time you stop like you do with TIG.
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What kind of TIG welding are you doing that requires chipping slag?
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What kind of TIG welding are you doing that requires chipping slag?
Brain fart plus beer lol
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Ahhhh. That explains it.
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Another question to add: acetylene or propane? Since I'm not planning on doing any bonding with gas I figure propane would be less expensive.

May as well skip the plasma cutter for now and get an oxy/acetylene setup so you can cut, heat, and weld. Oxy/ace torches are very versatile and useful around the shop. Plus you don't need power to run them. Sure, they aren't as clean at making cuts, but with some practice you can get pretty damn good. Plus, they make things much hotter and much faster than propane.
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