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Unread 11-07-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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Welding Kit

I'm trying to find a good welding kit. Does anyone know any in the 100-200 dollar range

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Unread 11-07-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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What kind of work are you planning on doing? There are a few welding processes out there. You might be able to find an old 220v AC stick welder on craigslist for that. Helmet, gloves, slag hammer and you're in business.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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What kind of work are you planning on doing? There are a few welding processes out there. You might be able to find an old 220v AC stick welder on craigslist for that. Helmet, gloves, slag hammer and you're in business.
I was planning on welding things like a roll cage and things like that
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Unread 11-09-2013, 02:16 PM   #4
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Sorry Kyle, there is no welding machine around $200 that will allow you to weld roll cages and the like effectively from the get go.

To get an old SMAW (stick) machine you will be doing a tTON of practice to weld roll cages consistently.

Do you have 240V power where you plan on using the welder?
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Unread 11-09-2013, 08:12 PM   #5
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Sorry Kyle, there is no welding machine around $200 that will allow you to weld roll cages and the like effectively from the get go.
I tend to agree with this, however, having looked at your profile and noting your age (17) I strongly encourage you to pick up that $100-$200 stick welder and the appropriate safety gear and start making non structural bits and pieces while refining your welding /fitment skills. Trust me on this, when you're first starting out the only thing a guy/gal consistently creates is scrap metal, and something that you intend to trust your life with is not the place to start. I can't stress enough, practice, practice, practice, weld two pieces together, then beat them apart with a big hammer and inspect the welds for consistent penetration, grind them up and re-weld. Repeat. Once you are happy with what you are seeing, then maybe make up some sliders or a bumper and work your way up to the safety parts on your project.
I own a couple stick welders, both gas (Miller Bobcat a/c + d/c) and electric (Hobart T225 a/c only) as well as a 180 Lincoln mig and I still consider my old a/c only Hobart my go to machine for most of the structural welding I do, bumpers etc. and the mig when indoors and splatter is an issue. So go out, get started and post up some pics of your welds for critique and good luck.

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Unread 11-09-2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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I tend to agree with this, however, having looked at your profile and noting your age (17) I strongly encourage you to pick up that $100-$200 stick welder and the appropriate safety gear and start making non structural bits and pieces while refining your welding /fitment skills. Trust me on this, when you're first starting out the only thing a guy/gal consistently creates is scrap metal, and something that you intend to trust your life with is not the place to start. I can't stress enough, practice, practice, practice, weld two pieces together, then beat them apart with a big hammer and inspect the welds for consistent penetration, grind them up and re-weld. Repeat. Once you are happy with what you are seeing, then maybe make up some sliders or a bumper and work your way up to the safety parts on your project. I own a couple stick welders, both gas (Miller Bobcat a/c + d/c) and electric (Hobart T225 a/c only) as well as a 180 Lincoln mig and I still consider my old a/c only Hobart my go to machine for most of the structural welding I do, bumpers etc. and the mig when indoors and splatter is an issue. So go out, get started and post up some pics of your welds for critique and good luck. Don
Exactly my idea. Thanks man!
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Unread 11-09-2013, 08:34 PM   #7
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Exactly my idea. Thanks man!
You're welcome, there are lots of good folks here on this board to help you along the way. One last piece of advice, don't cheap out on the safety gear, buy the best you can afford, work in a well ventilated area, and keep a fire extinguisher close at hand.

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Unread 11-09-2013, 08:54 PM   #8
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You're welcome, there are lots of good folks here on this board to help you along the way. One last piece of advice, don't cheap out on the safety gear, buy the best you can afford, work in a well ventilated area, and keep a fire extinguisher close at hand. Don
Will do
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Might also keep an eye on Craigslist.. or even hit a few pawn shops. Lots of used welders floating around out there.
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