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Offline firebird79_00

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Mig Welding
« on: March 12, 2012, 11:32:15 PM »
Im looking at picking up a mig welder but am not to sure what i need for home use, i am just wondering how many volts is the typical house outlet? Is there anything to look out for when buying one?
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 11:50:48 PM »
Not sure about Canadian, if different or not, but typical home-use welder here would be a 110 (115) unit...though you could always wire for a 220v
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 12:06:01 AM »
I would go 220.  And definetly get one with a shielding gas setup.  Flux core just gets too hot for sheet metal especially when you are just learning to weld.  Having a compressor handy will aid in preventing warping by keeping the area cool between spot welds. 

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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2012, 12:27:47 AM »
I would go 220.  And definetly get one with a shielding gas setup.  Flux core just gets too hot for sheet metal especially when you are just learning to weld.  Having a compressor handy will aid in preventing warping by keeping the area cool between spot welds. 

i disagree... a 110 unit, is more than capable to do the work around a house, 220 is more heavy duty, construction/fabrication unit....
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012, 01:09:44 AM »
Flux cores tend to burn too hot for the beginners.  For experinced welders, I too have seen some quality work done with a 110 flux core welder.  Now a days Im sure you can now get 110s with shielding gas.  My question is if you have the 200 amp system Why not buy one machine that can do many things.  I did my rear frame rails with my 220 mig and it came out great with excellent penatration.  It also did a great job welding in panels.  I will most likely save up for a TIG in the future. 

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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2012, 01:50:24 AM »
oh you are right about the flux core... stay away, lots of headache... thats heavy duty construction for the most part.... gets super hot... I would say get a 110 shielding gas mig unit.. and when you need a bigger welder spend 3-4 times what you paid for that for a decent 220 mig, and tig machines get super pricey, and mainly used for fab work....
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2012, 02:06:17 AM »
Here's a web pic of the model I have....use with gas for sure. Got a great price (around $400. I think) on it several years ago at Northern Tool when I lived in IA; came with regulator, couple spools of wire, spare tips, cart, etc
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2012, 10:23:59 AM »
I got a mig welder for sale, pm if your interested
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2012, 10:24:33 AM »
That is so funny.  I actually have a Clarke 180en that I bought from Northern Tools about 4 years ago.  230 volt.  It is great.  I paid around $450 for it to my door.  It is very versatile and stays nice and cool.  It came with a cart, auto darkening helmet, shield gas set up and accesories.  It is a shame that Clarke went out of bussiness in 2009.  They were a good little company making good products.  The buildt products for the farm industry. 

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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2012, 10:26:30 AM »
Perfect thanks for the advice, i will probably end up going with a 110 unit then as i am only going to be doing a small few sections for now.

I would be interested but Ohio is approx 4000km away from me, shipping wouldnt exactly be cheap.
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2012, 12:42:13 PM »
http://www.eastwood.com/mig-welder-110vac-135a-output.html

sometimes they do free shipping offers.... its a lincoln unit, thats just rebranded.... Im happy with mine... works great for autobody stuff, I even did a set of frame connectors....
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2012, 08:02:47 PM »
seems like a good unit, but i would still like to find something on the other side of the border.
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2012, 08:38:26 PM »
bandit alex has a good home use for sale, looks to be in great shape
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2012, 01:08:23 AM »
PM sent to BanditAlex.
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Re: Mig Welding
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2012, 04:09:21 PM »
bandit alex has a good home use for sale, looks to be in great shape
thanks!!
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