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Old 06-15-2016, 01:57 PM   #1
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Looking to get first welder for light work around the house


So the wife finally listened to all my complaining about getting a welder and said that i can get one for fathers day.

experience - 0
needs - small welds on the trailer and random things around the house

looking for suggestions for something entry level and some what versatile.
welds dont need to be pretty for what i am working on. will be trailer and log splitter
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Old 06-15-2016, 09:20 PM   #2
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Going to find it far cheaper, and come out better to just take it to a welding shop to get it done.
Buying the welder is only part of the total cost.
Running the wiring to run it, buying the rods or wire to do the welding, a Helmet will add to the total cost.
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Old 06-16-2016, 12:08 AM   #3
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Welding is not a cheap hobby by any means, but can be very fun. If you want to buy a welder, go for it and learn. Never hurts to have another skill.

I would look at either a Hobart from TSC or a Lincoln from Lowes/HD. These are very accessible for around $500. Depending on the wiring in your garage/shop, you may only be able to run a smaller unit.
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Old 06-16-2016, 06:53 AM   #4
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Ayuh,.... Ya can't go wrong with a Lincoln wire feed mig,....

For 'bout $500. you can get a 140amp 120v welder,....

Don't cheap out, 'n buy a chinese welder, buy a brand name unit,....
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:06 AM   #5
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Don't cheap out, 'n buy a chinese welder
What? My welds ain't pretty?



Truth is, I thought I was just going to be repairing some rust on the fenders of a car, so I got the cheap Harbor Fright Mig welder. The more I dug into the car, the more rust I found. I ended up regretting buying that welder and wished I would have gotten something better.

But, since I had it, I made use of it. I learned how to weld in high-school, and I think the Harbor Fright welder has a steeper learning curve than a good welder. You have to be pretty good with a good welder to get halfway decent results with the HF welder. In the end, I ended up brazing most everything else on the car.

The HF welder makes tons of splatter, no matter how you set it. The wire feeds at an inconsistent rate. It'll be going along just fine, and then suddenly slow down, then speed back up. I don't recommend it as a welder, but if you want a good spark show, this is it.
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Ayuh,.... What's the picture Of,..?? a frame section,..??
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Ayuh,.... What's the picture Of,..?? a frame section,..??
That HF welder is much too small for a frame section. It's a radiator support. Here's the same support after grinding, re-welding, grinding, brazing, grinding, primer.

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i have an old metal filing cabinet. can i rip that apart and use that to practice with?

ended up going with this. i cheaped out becuase i had no clue how i would do or if i would continue, so i wasnt going to chance it with $500

https://www.amazon.com/ARKSEN%C2%A9-...s=p_4%3AARKSEN

great reviews, and a buddy at work said they used arksen welders at the school he was trained
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