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PostSubject: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 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.
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PostSubject: Re: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 2013, 2:21 pm

Yes, you will need flux core if you dont use shielding gas.

I bought a 130 MIG off eBay late last year: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pro-Series-Auto-Feed-MIG-100-MIG-130-MIG-150-MIG-175-MIG-190-Welding-Welder-/320916593931?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item4ab81e9d0b, but mine isnt the greatest when it comes to thinner metals. The welder you posted has the opportunity to use a shielding gas, and its a nme brand so it should work out great for you.

Check Tractor Supply too if you have one nearby, I know mine carries Hobart welders.


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PostSubject: Re: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 2013, 3:04 pm

thanks for the help.
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PostSubject: Re: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 2013, 8:52 pm

if you have a tractor supply near you, the job smart flux-core works really good, it does good on thin metal and thicker, you just have to go slow on thicker, i think it cost 139 new
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PostSubject: Re: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 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.
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PostSubject: Re: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 2013, 9:31 pm

Yea. Some people say you pay for the name,but I don't care, I know I get what I'm paying for.
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PostSubject: Re: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 2013, 9:33 pm

Nathan43 wrote:
Yea. Some people say you pay for the name,but I don't care, I know I get what I'm paying for.
Yeah thats what i hear too.
I use a harbor fraight 90amp mig welder and workes great almost as good as a lincon eletric welder.
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PostSubject: Re: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 2013, 9:38 pm

To a degree, that's true. But there's much more to it than that. And if "paying for the name" means me knowing I've got a high-quality product that's gonna last, I'll pay for the name.

I have beaten the everloving crap out of welding machines in the past- conditions that I personally guarantee would smoke a chinese machine in short order. And the Lincolns went on forever.

I do buy some chinese stuff, too- but not when I expect something to go the distance.
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PostSubject: Re: First Welder   First Welder Icon_minitimeApril 27th 2013, 9:42 pm

Doc Sprocket wrote:
To a degree, that's true. But there's much more to it than that. And if "paying for the name" means me knowing I've got a high-quality product that's gonna last, I'll pay for the name.

I have beaten the everloving crap out of welding machines in the past- conditions that I personally guarantee would smoke a chinese machine in short order. And the Lincolns went on forever.

I do buy some chinese stuff, too- but not when I expect something to go the distance.
Ya i only bought a harbor fraight welder becaues i needed a welder and i didt have much cash.
But if i had the money for a good lincon eletric welder i would buy it.
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