220V MIG. you can do a lot with it and you can find a good new one for several hundred $$.
Stick is mostly used for structural stuff, its not widely used for jeep accessories but its been done.
That's what i was thinking. I always just thought stick was stronger. I don't want to hit something with my bumper and just have the thing crumble to pieces because i welded it with x instead of x.
Do you happen to know any welders that fit the bill you just described?
Also is there any threads on here that explain everything there is to know about mig welding? I've never welded before. I don't know what type of wire to use for the metals, how to adjust the voltage/speed feed settings accordingly, etc etc. Would i need the argon gas to weld this kind of stuff, or would i just use a flux core wire?
I think any of the big names would be fine, Miller, Lincoln, Hobart, etc.. I just would avoid a Harbor Freight or something like... Everyone I know that started with a 110v quickly out grew it... I started with a 220v then had opportunity/need to use a 110v and Wow!! what a difference, I am so glad I have the 220v machine.
you can get into stick welding cheaper, but it does take a bit more practice. i run stick on my projects at home most of the time, i dont even own a mig welder. there's no gas involved, just strike an arc and go. you could probably find and older lincoln tombstone welder with rods and a hood on craigslist for $200. i spent $160 alone on my argon bottle, and it's not even a big one. but like i said, stick does take quite a bit more practice to figure out as compared to mig
I also started out with a normal / fixed lens hood, then I switched to an auto darkening hood..., don't waste your time with the fixed lens, the auto hood is so much nicer to weld with.
Like I said before, a 220v MIG with gas really makes welding and laying down a nice looking bead an easy task for a newbie. Get the machine setup, buy some scrap 3/16 metal pieces and go to town... After several times of practicing, you will probably be looking like a professional welder
i started out with a stick welder, ive built everything on my jeep with a stick welder, no welding process will ever surpass stick welding- it is simple, cost effective, little to no maintenance necessary, and there are no consumables/ shielding gas that you have to deal with. if you can stick weld, you can pretty much weld with any other process (with a little practice). there is a reason it is still the main welding process used in pipe fitting.
you can do anything with a stick welder that you can with mig, does take a lot more practice, and it is harder to weld sheet metal. contrary to popular belief, stick welding doesnt spatter much when you have proper arc control and some nice welding rod. A nice AC/DC stick machine can be had for around $200 - $400.
98 XJ- 4.0L, NP231, AW4, chryco 8.25, 4.5" mid arm 3-link, 285/75 Herc terra tracs on moabs, V8 ZJ tie rod, fabbed bumpers...
Personally, I would get a 220 mig. If you can't swing the shielding gas kit, run flux core for now. I started with flux core and I never switched over. I find the flux helps a bit if the metal isn't perfectly clean. I also tote my welder all over the place, to work, my buddies house, my shop, my dads shop etc. The shielding gas set-up would make transportation on a regular basis more difficult.
I still use stick for big stuff. When I do anything attached to an axle tube for example. Or if you are into welding spider gears alot (most of us have gone through this phase at some point, luckily we outgrow it) you can buy nickel rods without needing to buy a whole spool of it..
I would still stick with the wire feed. Just make sure its a good name like lincoln, miller, hobart etc. I love my lincoln. Its the best tool in my shop
Originally Posted by RubiconRazorbac
Well, I've never eaten a turd sandwich, but I wouldn't have a problem recommending not to try it.:thumbsup:
But I'm sure someone out there will post that they regularly eat turd sandwiches with no problems...
It's funny, when I purchased my machine, I was worried that I'd never use it enough to get my money's worth out of it..... Man was I worried about nothing. Once you own a welding machine, you discover so many ways of using it. Welding nuts and bolts to stripped out nuts & bolts is one of my favorite uses.
There is a 30$ difference, but other than that they look about the same. I like the dual input on the Lincoln. I think i'm going to get that one. However, if you think both of them are bad, please speak up.