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Old 04-19-2013, 07:44 PM   #1522
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Would this be a good welder to own?

http://tucson.craigslist.org/tls/3719138422.html
What kinds of things to you want to weld?

A stick welder will do a good job but it's a bit more difficult to learn how to weld with than a MIG machine especially if you're going to teach yourself.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #1523
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What kinds of things to you want to weld?

A stick welder will do a good job but it's a bit more difficult to learn how to weld with than a MIG machine especially if you're going to teach yourself.

Don't have specific plans for it, basically use it for small jobs in my home garage. All I know is that I am tired of my wire welder and want to upgrade.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:53 PM   #1524
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idk if I'd call stick a step up. It is different.

What things don't you like about your MIG machine?
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Well years ago I was learning to weld with a stick welder, and I am finding it hard to weld with this wire welder.

Never heard that before, most find it easier to weld with a mig since it is easier. If you prefer stick then go with it, but for smaller garage projects a mig is usually the better way to do being its easier to weld thinner material and still be able to change some adjustments and weld 1/2-3/4".
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:20 PM   #1527
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Well years ago I was learning to weld with a stick welder, and I am finding it hard to weld with this wire welder.
What seems to be the trouble? You can always check out www.weldingtipsandtricks.com for some help with technique/settings and what not too.

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Never heard that before, most find it easier to weld with a mig since it is easier. If you prefer stick then go with it, but for smaller garage projects a mig is usually the better way to do being its easier to weld thinner material and still be able to change some adjustments and weld 1/2-3/4".
This is generally the case.

Still, if you find it easier to stick weld, $375 isn't such a bad deal either.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #1528
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How do these look? Input would be appreciated!
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #1529
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How do these look? Input would be appreciated!
It appears you cut them off straight with no bevels and welded them up. To get better penetration, you need to grind a bevel on the two pieces where they join, and weld it out to the edge of the steel. You only made one pass on these, didn't you? I think this thickness of joint will need multiple passes to make a strong connection. This looks like 1/4" material you are working with. Is this correct?
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:05 PM   #1530
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Needs better penetration. Either more heat or slow down. Not sure you'd need a second pass if you had better penetration.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:21 PM   #1531
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Note taken on the beveling, any where that I join two pieces of plate together I usually bevel, I can try doing that to the butt type joints too.

And I wish I could just use more heat, but that's all my little welder has, its a fabricater 181i. I think its biggest downfall is that I have to run it off a 75' extension cord. At least until I get a real garage...

So I guess I will just have to slow down a wee bit.

Thanks!
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This is pretty cool, didn't know this thread existed (or I forgot) lol

I'm currently a welder for a company called Martin Sprocket & Gear.

Hopefully picking up an engine driven welder for the house tomorrow!
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #1533
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What kind of welder are you picking up?
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:22 PM   #1534
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It's an older welder, its a Triple-A Specialty Co. mig flux welder.
So Ian and Eric....above is the welder that was given to me. As stated before, I don't really know jack about welding and dude who gave me the welder said he doesn't have time to help me out.

So forgive me for asking what may be a dumb question but, do I need a gas cylinder with this welder?
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So Ian and Eric....above is the welder that was given to me. As stated before, I don't really know jack about welding and dude who gave me the welder said he doesn't have time to help me out.

So forgive me for asking what may be a dumb question but, do I need a gas cylinder with this welder?
If it's really just flux core, then no. You don't need gas. You do need flux core wire tho.
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What kind of welder are you picking up?
Not sure if this was directed towards me or not but it's a 2007 Miller Trailblazer 275 with the 23hp Kohler motor on it. Pics to come.
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It appears you cut them off straight with no bevels and welded them up. To get better penetration, you need to grind a bevel on the two pieces where they join, and weld it out to the edge of the steel. You only made one pass on these, didn't you? I think this thickness of joint will need multiple passes to make a strong connection. This looks like 1/4" material you are working with. Is this correct?
That really depends on the mashine you dont have to run multple passes if the mashine can handle it. My miller 252's can run full pen in 1/2" in a single pass no problem. I do agree with the bevel.
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