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#1 recoveringacademic

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 03:12 PM

I'd like to buy myself a little welding machine.
And of course, as you may know, there's an expert welder in the family. But he is a very senior manager in a major tool supply company: and I really don't like their tools. No good reason , I just don't.

So, I'm trying to keep this thread secret.

Any recommendations : a stick (arc) welder up to 120 amps or so?
Ideas, please.....

#2 SteamyTea

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:18 PM

I bought a cheap (£50) arc welder in 1979, I put a small cooling fan in it in 1986 when I had some prolonged welding to do.
It is still working fine.

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:45 PM

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I'll be buying this when wife funds allow:

http://www.weldequip...weld-xti160.htm

First job is to finish the wacker plate! :lol:

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:56 PM

Small welders come up in aldi/lidl from time to time

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 06:42 PM

View Postdoofaloofa, on 23 March 2016 - 05:56 PM, said:

Small welders come up in aldi/lidl from time to time

I wouldn't bother tbh.

I bought a cheap one and ended up sending it back. I was looking at the one in my link above after some excellent advice on the forum at http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:09 PM

+1 to onoff, the one he linked does look like a nice bit of kit :)

#7 Nickfromwales

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:47 PM

I'm going for a mig. Far more versatile for day to day stuff imo.
Cheap arcs deffo need a retro fit fan for anything like sustained use. :(
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 09:00 PM

If you want some help choosing from some very helpful people, I highly recommend the welders warehouse in Milton Keynes

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 09:53 PM

If you are looking at just arc then go for an inverter unit that does both arc and tig... And plasma in my case..!

Cost me about £200 but means I have all three in a box half the size of an archive box and it's superb !

The fun you can have with a plasma cutter knows no bounds ..!!!!

Edited by PeterW, 23 March 2016 - 09:53 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 09:57 PM

seconded, plasma cutters are awesome! :D

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 10:50 PM

View PostPeterW, on 23 March 2016 - 09:53 PM, said:

If you are looking at just arc then go for an inverter unit that does both arc and tig... And plasma in my case..!

Cost me about £200 but means I have all three in a box half the size of an archive box and it's superb !

The fun you can have with a plasma cutter knows no bounds ..!!!!
What does tig do that mig can't / can ? £200 seems good value for an all in one :) With tig, don't you need to feed the filler rod in yourself?
Regards, Nick.

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 05:29 AM

Much appreciated everyone.
Ian

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 07:04 AM

View PostNickfromwales, on 23 March 2016 - 10:50 PM, said:

What does tig do that mig can't

Tea?

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 09:21 AM

Like ST I bought a £50 arc welder back in the 80's and its still going strong. No big jobs but loads of odd jobs over the years.

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 11:17 AM

You can get a welder like mine of eBay for £11.50, and a trip to Birmingham, so worth getting in a curry while your there.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221453449804

And here is the beast:

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#16 joe90

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 09:48 PM

Almost identical to mine.

#17 SteamyTea

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 10:02 PM

They are good fun aren't they.
You can get cutting rods for them too, blow a hole in most things.

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 10:10 PM

View PostNickfromwales, on 23 March 2016 - 10:50 PM, said:

What does tig do that mig can't / can ? £200 seems good value for an all in one :) With tig, don't you need to feed the filler rod in yourself?
Regards, Nick.

Tig is proper welding. Mig is functional. Depends what you are doing. I usually do my bodywork repairs with tig. Do it without filler rod and the results are fantastic :)

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 11:14 PM

unfortunately i think there is a massive difference between what was available for cheap in the 80s as now.
it depends what you want it for,......any welder will weld stuff!!!
Mig is the easy way out, with a mig if you blow a hole you can fill it back up, very intuitive and if you buy the correct feed wire you won't need to knock off the flux,
stick (technically they all weld with an arc) welding takes more "skill?" because you cant adjust the feed with a knob and you need the correct rod for the job.
i haven't tried tig welding YET but as far as i know that is the most skilled and the only way to weld all metals although you need a proper tig welder for that. the all in one box mentioned earlier won't weld aluminium!
if i didn't have access to other tools i would buy the all in one box! mainly because it comes with a plasma cutter (honestly you will love it) but secondly you will rarely need a bigger machine. that will do almost everything you need and did i mention it comes with a plasma cutter? !!!!!

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 11:17 PM

that tea clearly wasn't steaming :)