Welder buying help!

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  1. fester

    fester Veteran Member

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    No matter what welder you use, you GOTTA keep the metal clean!! The grinder is your friend. Welding over dirt grease or slag is like trying to re-use a condom. Brush and dress your welds when completed. This allows you to see better what you need, more-less heat, more-less wire speed etc. Experiment with stick rod, that will allow you to learn to watch your puddle and improve your had eye co-ordination. Once you learn to control the feed and speed you can try your hand at TIG... Enjoy
     
  2. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yup, you'll like that one much better. I still have one of those from back when they were 135 Handlers. Been a great lil machine.
     
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    BowHunter Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Skip the harbor freight 220 1 Bought 1 and carried it back Sucked big time gat name brand Miller, Lincoln , Hobart ECT
     
  4. 80sz

    80sz Veteran Member

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    Thanks for the help. I have to read over manual tonight and tomorrow I'll be practicing ! And thx for tips ,I'll be looking for more,I got .030 flux wire in now that came with it. Saving now for the tanks,hopefully soon I can do some gmaw welding! Lol lingo:)
     
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    FYI, I learned more in 5-10 minutes having my neighbor, an expert welder show me,
    then I did in 5 years of reading stuff online and manuals!!!!

    Practice, practice, practice!!!!!

    OH YEA, I have a Miller 250 TIG and Miller 250 MIG, Millers are awesome!!!!


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    Excellent choice OP, if you are doing any body work with this machine my tip is go painfully slow. I mean do a couple tiny tacks and let that panel cool down. Patience will do you well. Thats a sweet setup.
     
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    You got the better machine. Stay away from the store brand lincolns. Plastic drive gears and spools for the wire feed.
     
  8. night rider

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    The Hobart 140 is a GREAT welder. Returning the lincoln and getting the Hobart 140 was a wise thing. I have had mine for close to 12 years now and not a single prob out of it.

    Get shielding gas for it and use solid wire and gas on all of your welding. Much cleaner welds.

    I buy the larger 10 lb spools of wire, and I bought a 140 cu. ft gas bottle. I find it just easier to deal with and I hate running out of wire or gas in middle of a project.

    Use .023" wire on body panels, sheet metal. Use .030" on just about everything else.

    I have welded frames, roll cage, car hauler ramps, go carts, brackets, sheet metal, exhaust, etc with mine over the years. In fact I just finished building a mobile keyboard, power supply, amp cart for the local high school marching band.

    The claims on metal thickness for welders, plasma cutters, etc is BS for the most part. A good rule of thumb is for a single pass MIG weld you need 1 amp output per .001" thickness steel you are welding. IE... 1/8" steel is .125" you need 125 amp.

    I have welded 3/16" (car hauler ramps) steel with my Hobart 140 but I double and triple pass welds on it.

    I would never try to weld 1/4" steel with a 140 amp mig.

    Practice and clean metal is the best 2 things to keep in mind. Keep a couple of angle grinders handy with grinding wheel in one and wire cup in another. You want clean shiny metal to weld to.

    Also if you are butting 2 flats together to weld, you want to bevel the edges some.

    Practice on thicker steel at 1st to get use to it (less risk of blowing a hole in it) when you get the hang of it some then go to the thinner steel.

    Watch some welding Youtube vids. I like chucky2009, he's fun to watch and gives pretty good info.
     
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    I'll be in training tonight after work, got a friend who can weld helping me out. Then of course he wants to borrow it,man already I just got it!
     
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    You'll be happy with that one.
     

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