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looking for a welder

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by TanSR5x4, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Nov 13, 2010 at 9:19 AM
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    TanSR5x4

    TanSR5x4 [OP] Hold my beer and watch this

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    i used to do some welding back in high school a few years back and i really wish i had paid more attention and asked more questions

    id really like to invest in a welder very soon. i just think it would be so useful.

    the big question is.... What kind should i buy? and where to get it?

    i want to start practicing and getting better and just be able to fix anything that might break, and eventually like to make maybe front and rear bumpers and sliders

    links and suggestions will be greatly appreciated

    THANKS
     
  2. Nov 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM
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    ETaco23

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    Im ganna be looking for one as well.... I never welded before but I want to lurn, and get good. So I can maybe start making something.
     
  3. Nov 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM
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    We use a Miller welder/generator at work, and it has been really great! We have used it for 6 years and never had any trouble out of it, and it still welds great.
     
  4. Nov 13, 2010 at 9:44 AM
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    TanSR5x4 [OP] Hold my beer and watch this

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    yeah ive been hearing miller/hobart/lincoln are all great. im curious about the size or voltage i would need. also a price lol i heard most people really mess up by trying to buy super cheap welders. i wanna buy one welder to do everything im gonna want it to do and i want it to last for awhile
     
  5. Nov 13, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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    Don't know about welders by themselves, but it is really nice having the generator to plug in grinders, impacts, ect... I think this one cost around $2,000, but I didn't have to pay for it!
     
  6. Nov 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    yeah those things are badass! i thought they cost more than that

    i got electricity in my garage tho lol and realistically i really wanted to spend like $300 but idk if thats possible. i would buy one used off craigslist if i knew what i needed or what to look for
     
  7. Nov 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    are you looking for an Arc or Mig?
     
  9. Nov 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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    well if you want to be doing fabrication for your truck your gonna want a mig/tig machine. I would go for a mig like the miller 140 or the hobart. the hobart will be a lil cheaper but is basically the same thing as the miller, since miller owns hobart. avoid buying a welding machine from places like home depot, although they might be made by lincoln or miller the internals are cheaper than those from a welding supply company. heres the hobart 140 if you can weld with a arc welder you can weld with this machine with very little practice
     
  10. Nov 13, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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    wow that looks pretty legit i suppose. i just read all the reviews and it sounds like a deal

    how do you like it? what do you weld with it? could i weld some of the thicker stuff?
     
  11. Nov 13, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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    idk thats why i started this thread lol

    yeah i was doing some searching before this thread and i found this. and i like the way it looks and sounds but its a little more than i wanted to spend, and i dont know much about it. i just want to make sure it can do what i need it to do
     
  12. Nov 13, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    I would definatly go with the mig. Much cleaner nicer welds! IMO
     
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    Go with a Miller 211. Sounds ideal for what kinda work you will need it for.
     
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    I have been mostly using it on 18ga sheet metal for my project VW Gti. The manual says it can be used for up to 1/4".
     
  16. Nov 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM
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    yeah that looks badass! i think im gonna get one of those

    now i just need to start a thread and get a good crew together and rob fort knox so i can afford it lol

    yeah so far this is up at the top of my list unless someone chimes in and has anything better or i can find a good deal on something. but 300 brand new sounds beautiful to me
     
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    In my experience, the difference between low end generic units and name brand is power regulation. The few cheap units I have used seem to fluctuate power much more, making a consistent weld more difficult, especially for a recreational welder. I have always purchased Lincoln or Miller units and of the two, I like the Miller just a tad more.

    I currently use a millermatic 210 with a spoolgun setup and really like it. I went through 2 or 3 110V units and they did pretty well too, but there is just no comparison to the 210 (runs on 220V). I guess the 211 mentioned above is probably the new model of this welder? My buddy still has the Miller 140 and he comes over to my place whenever he wants something really welded. The 140 will cut it for most of what you talk about so if that is your budget, it is still a solid choice. If you can stretch to a 210 (or the current model equiv) do it and you wont be disappointed. If you have any plans of welding aluminum, definitely go for a 220V unit.

    If you are going to be welding your projects in your driveway or outside, just go with flux core. A little more cleanup, but more consistent welds with the outdoor wind blowing through. If mostly inside, plan on MIG. Almost all units will do both so it is just a matter of the wire and gas you buy and you can go back and forth pretty easily.

    I suggest against TIG unless you plan on a lot of practice time. a TIG is more versatile, but requires a lot more skill. After 10 or so years of moderate welding (two complete race cars) I decided to go to TIG. For the small weekend projects, TIG is more of a PITA whereas a MIG just plugs in and goes.
     
  18. Nov 16, 2010 at 10:43 AM
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    Don't you mean MIG or TIG? I thought they did away with arc welders back in the 1800's. I'm sure they're still welding up horse corrals with them somewhere though. Or on the trail with a coat hanger and 3 batteries hooked together.[​IMG]
     
  19. Nov 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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    if you are still looking i'm a welder, i dont take up much room or eat to much and i am house broken. :wink:
     
  20. Nov 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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    very useful information thanks! yeah no way im going with a TIG lol dont have the skills or the bank account to do that. just trying to find a decent welder that will last a long time and do the things i ask. i hate to buy an off brand but if it gets good reviews maybe its legit. thinkin i might wait until christmas time and try and get someone else to buy this for me lol

    this made me laugh lol
     
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