- @Murryman wrote:
- What type of welder are you using there friend??
Hi, the big blue one, my new one, is an R-Tech 250amp Mig inverter (whatever that means). I am totally amazed how good it performs, beautiful flat welds, the metal just flows together.
My old welder, a small temperamental red one, was a Sealey 100amp which sort of did the job but often with poor penetration and liable to do 'pigeon sh1t'. I should've upgraded yeeeeears ago, I didn't know what I was missing.
This year I needed a beefier welder for girder type activities and 250amp is the biggest I can run off normal domestic single phase power supply. Bigger needs industrial 3 phase supply which I don't have.
I don't know what welders you've looked at but if I was you I wouldn't mess with gasless Mig. The results aren't great though it is useful for outdoors on a windy day when Mig gas blows away leaving your welds bubbly porous and weak. If you can work somewhere sensible use argon co2 mix, 0.8mm wire, a decent beefy Mig and enjoy life. 0.6 wire tends to 'birds nest' so go with 0.8 for an easy life.
There's plenty of cheapo Chinese built migs on the market and it tends to be you get what you pay for. Second hand semi-industrial is good value often if you know someone in the garage trade maybe or take a chance on eBay?
I suffered for years with a cheap low power Mig. Learn from my experience, get a decent one, it's worth it.
So my R-Tech can do MMA as well, which sounds to me like Mixed Martial Arts but is 'stick' or 'arc' welding which is ok if you like that sort of thing but I've no use for it really.
I can easily drone on about welders all day so I will do the decent thing and shut up now