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Unread 03-07-2011, 03:18 PM   #1
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Summer project

One of my buddies hooked me up with a homemade roof rack for free, but it could use a lot of work. I have not fabricated before, but I am thinking this rack would be a good way to teach myself to weld since its all bolted together.

I have two questions...

This is a good welder to learn with?

And since I do not have the tools to bend and cut metal what are a good set of pre-made gutter mounts I could weld to this rack?

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Unread 03-20-2011, 07:10 PM   #2
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i personaly wouildnt buy a welder from harbor freight you will not be happy with it it will make it hard to learn how to weld keep an eye out for welders on craigs list an old stick machine shouldnt run too much
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Unread 03-21-2011, 08:18 AM   #3
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Get ready, you're gonna get several replys concerning that welder and any other welder from HF being crap. I'll agree, they're not the best out there but they'll work fine for small jobs such as yours. That welder WILL do the job you are currently needing done and I would think it wouldn't be a bad choice for learning the basics. Plus, if you find out welding isn't quite for you, then you're not out alot of coin. At the moment, I have the 90 amp flux core HF welder, (I'm "eyeing" the Lincoln Mig 140 at Lowes though). It to, would do the job you have in front of you. I personally like wire feed welders better than stick welders, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are easier to use or learn on, it's just what I'm used to using. Keep in mind that the HF welder in your link might not be the best choice if you are planning some larger mods on your rig down the road, (it definitely has its limits). I bought mine knowing that I would be buying a bigger, better, name brand welder in the future. I just had some wrought iron fencing at the daycare my wife works at that I was asked to repair and couldn't afford one of the big boys at the time. Good luck with your project
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