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PostSubject: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 6:31 pm

i finally got a welder.. im gonna build a gokart or work on my nower i havent decides yet
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Tell us what it is or pics
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I Would work on the mower frist but it up to you.
What kind of welder?
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 7:54 pm

truckin42 wrote:
I Would work on the mower frist but it up to you.
What kind of welder?
yea me and truckin are master welders like you don't even know lol!
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redlinemotorsportts wrote:
truckin42 wrote:
I Would work on the mower frist but it up to you.
What kind of welder?
yea me and truckin are master welders like you don't even know lol!
Yeah lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 9:45 pm

Congratulations! You gonna tell us what you got, or leave us guessing until we end up in a corner, curled up in the fetal position, crying ourselves to sleep?
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 9:55 pm

its a Clarke Weld 130 Mig welder. I traded a junk truck for it
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 9:57 pm

Thats a great welder i own the same one
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 9:57 pm

Good deal! You going GMAW or FCAW with it?
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 9:59 pm

im new to welding so im not sure what that means. and thats good to know greener i was a little worried
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 10:01 pm

if you got someone who has welded that's a bonus. I kinda learned by someone, and the rest was self practice. I think I weld pretty good.
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i was really really suprised at how heavy this things is for its size. I have friends who have been welding for 50 odd years and were willing to teach me some tricks of the trade
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dylansrockinrigs wrote:
its a Clarke Weld 130 Mig welder. I traded a junk truck for it
From what i heard them are good welders.
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 10:50 pm

Good that you got help. GMAW aka MIG- Gas Metal Arc Welding, or Metal Inert Gas- You weld with solid wire, and a cylinder of shielding gas like C02 or an Argon/C02 blend. FCAW is Flux Core Arc Welding. Wire is hollow with a fluxing agant inside- like a welding rod turned inside out. No gas required.
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 10:55 pm

okay thats what i thought it was im going FCAW
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 11:38 pm

I love my 130, but its not a name brand though. Hopefully yours has mre heat settings than mine. All I got is hot or really hot lol.


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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 11:41 pm

it has quite a few i think. i need to run electricity out to my shop before i can use it.. unless you can use them on drop cords witch i doubt is a good idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Finally got a welder!   Finally got a welder! Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2013, 11:57 pm

You need at least a 20 amp breaker dedicated to it alone. Mine runs off the wiring I put right by my bench, I actually upgraded the breaker to a 30a cause I kept popping the 20.


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FCAW is an excellent process to learn on, and makes maximum use of the machine's potential for steel thinkness and penetration. For hobby work, it keeps the costs controllable, as a bottle of sheilding gas can really set you back. ( I just laid out about $250 for a cylinder of Ar/C02).

Extension cords (drops, to some of you) should be avoided. As far as switching breakers goes, be cautios. Putting a 20 where a 15 was is generally pretty safe. Putting a 30 in where a 15 was, is generally not. The rest of the components in the circuit may not be up to the task, and have now lost the protection. Electrical fires ain't cool... Play safe!
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For something like a welder, air conditioner, or other high draw tool/appliance, it is a really good idea (and code in some juristictions) to have a dedicated circuit for it.


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redlinemotorsportts wrote:
if you got someone who has welded that's a bonus. I kinda learned by someone, and the rest was self practice. I think I weld pretty good.
Seems that's how everyone REALLY learns, I was apprenticing at a metal shop when I first started, the guy was like...Here...point this at the metal, pull the trigger. Youre welding. Now keep that going until it looks good.
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I didn't get much instruction either. The one tip that I SHOULD have gotten-

Watch the PUDDLE, not the arc.
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I still need a welder, lol
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xxXMowerdudeXxx wrote:
I still need a welder, lol
What size are you looking for?
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