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Old 08-08-2014, 06:56 PM   #11
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Hobarts are nice machines.

I've got a Lincoln Ranger. Also a nice machine.

I think this guy just wants to tack some sheet metal together to get a project done - not something to keep in his garage for all of his jobs.

That tiny ass Northern Tool flux core machine should get the job done. It won't be pretty, but it'll get it done without having to worry about getting argon, setting the regulator pressure, etc.

He's a little Mig Welding Intro video:

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:53 AM   #12
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my youngest brother is in college taking welding classes.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:19 PM   #13
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ive got a Hobart 190, 220v and i absolutely love it. i can do anyhting from sheet metal work all the way up to build a whole truck frame. I was a beginner welder when i started and having a machine thats more powerful can definately help make up for your lack of experience. getting a larger machine thats more capable, and setting it right will take a lot of worry out of whether or not youre gonna get good penetration. then u can focus more on your technique. but with a smaller less capable machine u gotta focus more on penetration and getting a good weld which may take away from some of your focus on your technique. just my thoughts.
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:36 PM   #14
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first penetration, then work on your technique hahaha!
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:17 AM   #15
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Miller 211 autoset... but then I'm partial to what I like.

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Damn! Nice setup. Spoolguns are awesome.
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Thoughts?

http://tallahassee.craigslist.org/tls/4694038980.html

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http://dothan.craigslist.org/for/4691912090.html
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I'm in the same boat at The Repair Man... I don't have a shop, my carport doesn't have a 220 line. I'm going to have to stick to a 110. The only welding I want to do is a bit of body repair on "Rusty", and maybe put some exhaust pieces together. Recommendations?
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I do okay with my cheapo Jobmate welder from Canadian Tire, it's 110v and can be setup for mig or flux, I just run it flux right now.

It's great for heavier welding and most mid range stuff, but it runs a little bit too hot to do anything really pretty on thin sheet metal, im sure gas would help.
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That cheaper $275 one you listed at first will do anything you probably ever need.

The $500 job below it comes with an argon bottle and also does MIG. Bottles are around $70-$100, and that MIG comes with a regulator to control gas flow. Also, with MIG, you don't have to knock the slag off of the weld after you are done.

It all boils down to what you want to do.

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I'm in the same boat at The Repair Man... I don't have a shop, my carport doesn't have a 220 line. I'm going to have to stick to a 110. The only welding I want to do is a bit of body repair on "Rusty", and maybe put some exhaust pieces together. Recommendations?
Both of the ones he listed above are good for 110V lines.

Running flux-core can handle light surface rust. Yes, your weld will be stronger if you clean and prep the surface correctly first, but it isn't required.
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