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arturo64 Arthur T
Billings, Montana, USA   USA
man, I'm glad I'm not the only one rocking the Harbor Freight special... I'm a cheap a$$ so I make do, none the wiser really. tried my dad's Lincoln and couldn't get even close to as good as I am with my HF unit, but my dad's unit could be messed up or maybe I don't know how to set it up.

what I'd tell you for sure though, find a metal recycle yard to buy scrap sheet metal to play with. and play A LOT!!! get your setting right, get your lay ups right. practice practice practice



Arthur
68 spit
70 gt6+

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time2triumph Norm W
Cache Valley, utah, USA   USA
Stick welders are a whole different animal. No wire feed motors, gas valves, wire speeds etc.. I've used cheap stick welders that worked great.

In reply to # 1496705 by Doug in Vegas
In reply to # 1496672 by carChips
In reply to # 1496606 by time2triumph I bought a used miller 135 with cart, bottle, helmet and all kinds of goodies for $500 out of the local classifieds. If you have no experience than definitely don't buy a cheap one. they don't weld like crap and can be a bit de-motivating for the newbie. JMHO.

No, no. Borrow a cheap ass splatter box (flux core wire) to try first, after that you'll be able to make any welder work.

And here I am with my HF stick welder.

Mark Jones Avatar
Close to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada   CAN
1995 MG MGF "Barney"
1996 Land Rover Discovery
I don't think you can go wrong with a Miller, Hobart or Lincoln welder. My personal experience with the inexpensive no-names units has been poor.

I personally have a Hobart 130, that I have had for close to 15 years and have restored 3 cars using it, including frame repairs.





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Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA   USA
In reply to # 1496864 by time2triumph
In reply to # 1496705 by Doug in Vegas
In reply to # 1496672 by carChips
In reply to # 1496606 by time2triumph I bought a used miller 135 with cart, bottle, helmet and all kinds of goodies for $500 out of the local classifieds. If you have no experience than definitely don't buy a cheap one. they don't weld like crap and can be a bit de-motivating for the newbie. JMHO.

No, no. Borrow a cheap ass splatter box (flux core wire) to try first, after that you'll be able to make any welder work.

And here I am with my HF stick welder.
Stick welders are a whole different animal. No wire feed motors, gas valves, wire speeds etc.. I've used cheap stick welders that worked great.

I like mine. (...once I learned how to work a puddle so it wouldn't spatter in my face.)

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scardini1 Gold Member Jim Moscardini
Great Mills, MD, USA   USA
1968 Triumph GT6 "Rocinante"
2003 Jaguar XKR "Kitty"
I can't offer any recommendation for Manufacturer or Supplier, but I will give two thumbs up to gas. Definitely get a MiG with Argon/CO2 gas. I'm just a welding hack, but the gas made a huge difference in the quality of my molten messes.

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