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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Welders

Looking to buy a mig welder or a flux core. What does everyone here use? Im trying to stay cheap obviously.. Anything will be great!

I was thinking of getting something similar to this!

Im looking to build bumpers and basic fabrication. It will be a learn as you go process. I have welded mig in high school but looking to make my own stuff and save some cash and gain some knowledge! If anyone would like to post some tips that would be great!


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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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if you can afford a mig obviously go for it. thats a nice looking kit for the money that you posted. id say stick with one of the big names as well, easier to get parts/accessories (lincoln, miller/hobart etc)

you can learn to weld decently with flux but will really be limited in your ability, i wouldnt want to fab a bumper with flux, even if you got decent welds it'd look so sloppy you spend hours grinding the surfaces smooth again. that being said, ive seen people weld decently with ~100 welders, such as of the harbor freight variety
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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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I have a hobart 140 mig/flux core. I love the thing. Did my stinger very easily but imo flux core is a pos way to weld. I went out and bought a 75/25 argon/co2 tank and my welds are a lot better with that setup.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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Yea, I want to shield it with gas. But I gotta find a relatively cheap one. Any suggestions? I guess my max limit price is about $400. A 220 volt would be nice too.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:47 PM   #5
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I have a harborfreight one. I believe it was $90. A friend borrowed it and took it into his shop class and his teacher loved it. He couldnt believe it was only $90.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:48 PM   #6
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Can you use gas on that one?
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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:49 PM   #7
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get a hobart handler to learn cuz its cheap. if you want a good machine get a millermatic 180
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Unread 01-20-2011, 04:02 PM   #8
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Yea, I cant afford an $800 welder... :/ I want a mig with gas for a great price! Any ideas?
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Unread 01-20-2011, 04:15 PM   #9
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me and a friend are also looking into getting a welder. i dont know much yet but he has taken several classes.

we were looking into getting an oxy/acetylene setup. i am aware that the welds are not as strong but it would be nice to have the ability to cut steel with it.

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I have a harborfreight one. I believe it was $90.
for real? cause i might just go buy one tomorrow!
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Unread 01-20-2011, 04:46 PM   #10
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Keep your eye on Craigslist or your local classifieds, I picked up a nearly new Lincoln 180 for $400. If you're looking to Fab bumpers and stuff I'd highly recommend a 220v machine.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 04:55 PM   #11
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while a 220 is nice, a 110 with gas will do fine.you will probably never fab anything over 1/4 inch and the 110 will do this.i have a 110 lincon on gas and have built alot of stuff with it.you will have to go a little slower however
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Unread 01-20-2011, 05:04 PM   #13
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I have a Hobart Handler 140 and so far I have been doing just flux core stuff. It came with the regulator for MIG work, but I haved purchased a bottle yet.

Flux core works ok, but like someone else said, plan on doing a bunch of grinding... After enough grinding, my welds are beautiful.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 05:05 PM   #14
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you get what you pay for, buy the miller.

or you can buy a piece of crap cheap welder and then end up buying the good welder anyways.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 06:23 PM   #15
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Go on Northern Tool or Tooltopia website. They have good deals on welders at times.
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