I have no experience welding but I really would like to learn how to. Ive done some looking around for a welder and my research as told me a MIG welder would be the best for a beginner. Does that sounds right to you guys? As how power of the MIG I am not sure...
Any recommendations are highly appreciated!
It all depends on what your welding. I'm in no way a pro but know enough to get by. Harbor Freight has some cheap welders that you can learn with and build your own brackets etc. I have welding a good utility trailer with a $89 Harbor Freight 110v welder and the trailer is a beast! It has been on several off roading trips. Do your homework and get one for your needs.
I picked mine up on craiglist for 450. Pretty good deal. Never plugged in with some extra consumables and wire. Just look everyday and you'll sure to find one. Also I know the same unit I have, the older models have been on ebay for just over 500 with free shipping.
Also, I chose to go ahead and buy a decent 100 dollar auto dimming helmet. It was nice to begin with, but it died on me the other day, so I picked up a lincoln fixed shade with a nice big window. Way better IMHO. So 70 dollars right there. I see nice 110V units on craigslist a lot, just gotta ask yourself what you're ultimately going to want to do with it.
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Props on trying to learn! it is an awesome skill. I'm by no means an expert but I will give you my experience. I've owned the small HF style stick welder and two lincoln migs. One 110v and (my current one 220v 175). I will say that doing body work takes some practice due to some of it being so thin. I have found that welding thicker stock is easier to learn on and less frustrating.
If it were me, I would cruise CL for a 220 Volt version mig. I paid 450 for mine new. That way if you don't like it, you can just resell it. I don't have a 220v in my shop (loose term for car port) so I made an extension cord and use the dryer plug.
Other suggestions - invest in a decent auto darkening helmet, it will make learning easier and is safer. read up on the safety aspects. Hit up youtube for some vids. Then - just jump in and do the damn thang.
My suggestion would be to hit up your local community college. Many of them have classes on welding.
x2 on this not only will they have lots of nice equipment to get you started. A few hundred bucks to learn how to do it right and not pick up bad habits from the start is worth it. Like all things its about practice having lots of scrap to work with is the way to go.
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By all means get a 220v version... buy it good used (craigslist?) and if you decide to sell it you get your money back. I have a 110v MIG and "get by" for slaller stuff, but have to use a buddy's for anything too structural, and even when doing small stuff I like his better... Just does a nicer job and better welds. Until I used his welder, I thought I just sucked at it, but a better welder makes better welds... not that ANY welder can make me look like an artist.
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