I think for Christmas this year I'm going to buy myself a welder but I'm not sure what kind I should get.
I've never welded before, but I've taught myself to do a lot of more difficult things. Thanks!
Well, it may be up how good of a boy you have been. does Santa Claus have a spending budget?
I taught myself to stick weld back in the mid-60's. I went to welding school in the early 70's, didn't learn much I did not already figure out on my own. I sorta self taught myself to do "hobby" 110 volt Mig about 5 years ago, but I find it worthless compared to stick with the exception of sheet metal.
My advise is this. If you have the money (or Santa does) get a good 220 volt Mig like the Hobart or Miller, or Lincoln in a 180 amp range. These will do what you want very nicely. For the welder an equiptment to go with it you will be looking at about $1,000.00 +. If Santa had a bad year then a 220 volt AC DC stick would work very well for everything except thin sheet material. The cost there is about $400.00 + less than the Mig.
The Mig will give you better looking welds, but both will be equally strong.
I advise you stay away from any of the 110 volt stuff.
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