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Old 03-21-2017, 06:10 PM
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Speaking of Welders......

I'm a newbie...I have welded, but briefly about 40 years ago(Yes, I'm that old).

Would this be a good starter machine?

https://www.amazon.com/MIG-Welder-Ha.../dp/B003TS8D2M
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:04 PM
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Yes yes it would
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:40 PM
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Thanks for the input, Randy.
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Looks good. 240v rather than 120v like most cheaper machines. And if I read it right it will do gas or flux core. Be a good machine
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Lincoln or Hobart are my preference. Can't go too wrong with starting at 240 either. It will be much more user friendly at the higher voltage.
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Thank you, both. That is good to know.
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Also get a adjustable self darkening helmet. They normally come with a handheld shield. It will work but is some much easier when you can use both hands and not worrying about getting a arc flash.
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Will do.
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Learn with the gas, it will give you a better weld, and be easier

Flux has to have a CLEAN surface, and is very unforgiving. Welds will not stick, and that is frustrating when just starting out

Make sure to get extra box of tips. and go ahead and buy the big roll of wire.
The small roll don't last as long as you want it too, and is expensive in the long run

Get a tip cleaner.
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Definitely on the helmet. I went for many years as a head flipper. With mig you can get away with it better than stick, but once I finally got an auto dark I wondered why the hell I waited so long.

Nozzle dip or the spray is helpful on extending the life of tips and nozzles as well.
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