Age : 23 Join date : 2013-03-17 Posts : 33 Forum Rep : 0 Location : Natchitoches, Louisiana
Subject: First Welder Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:27 am
Looking for my first welder any tips. Looking at this one http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200471413_200471413 I don't want use sheilding gas so I do need flux core wire. Right? The reasons: 1. My dad has a Hobart stick welder+ generator combo and he loves it. 2.Made by Miller.( would buy a miller but $700 for the same machine.
Age : 24 Join date : 2012-12-24 Posts : 2892 Forum Rep : 48 Location : Lebanon County, PA
Subject: Re: First Welder Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:21 pm
Yes, you will need flux core if you dont use shielding gas.
Age : 46 Join date : 2013-04-21 Posts : 2911 Forum Rep : 19 Location : Ontario Canada
Subject: Re: First Welder Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:03 pm
That Hobart is a very good machine, you won't go wrong with it. IMHO, you're better to save your nickels and buy a quality machine, rather than something a bunch of 6-year-olds threw together in a sweatshop in china.
A good machine such as a Lincoln, Miller, Hobart, or even re-brands are going to last you a lifetime, even with abuse. Parts and support are readily available, and always will be. Should you ever decide to sell it (DON'T), it will keep it's value, and you'll make back a good chunk of your investment.
Please know that this bit of "spend the money" advise comes from a guy with a VERY tight budget. Hell, I'm so tight, I squeak when I walk. But I know onw thing for a fact- there is no substitute for quality tools, even if you have to save awhile and then nearly pass out paying for them.