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Old 11-03-2012, 05:17 PM
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Sadly all the grinding to make it pretty does nothing for the integrity of the weld. A proper weld doesn't need a grinder to look good.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:39 PM
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Sadly all the grinding to make it pretty does nothing for the integrity of the weld. A proper weld doesn't need a grinder to look good.
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Nope, in fact...I've seen more pretty welds fail.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:30 PM
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Can you tell me which brand your welder is....can't see it well. And interesting my first project will be to mount something for a blower. Is your rack for back pack or handheld? Likes like I will have to go 220V for sure but that is not a problem.
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That's a Clarke. Not a bad mid price welder. The rack is for a backpack blower. 220v is the only way to go. 115v welders can barely weld foil. My next shop toy will be a plasma cutter. Tired of torch cutting. Gotta love tools.
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Thanks Patriot. Yep, it's a Clarke 160EN 220V MIG. I figured I would go ahead and buy a 220V just to be able to weld thicker steel if I needed to. I still haven't picked up a bottle for it yet, all my projects so far have been with flux core. I hear it's much nicer welding with gas (obviously cleaner than flux core).
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:46 PM
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Welding is a great skill to have, just wouldn't want to do it for a living.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:27 PM
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I have welded all my life. my dad was a shop welder and taught me as a kid. saying that.

If it don't run off of 220 it aint worth a crap.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:56 PM
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I have welded all my life. my dad was a shop welder and taught me as a kid. saying that.

If it don't run off of 220 it aint worth a crap.
Unless all you want to weld is foil like another poster said.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:09 PM
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If you're wanting to start out welding I'd suggest a Hobart Handler 140. It is a good way to learn the basics of welding. Hobarts are the consumer line from Miller welders.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6073_200306073

It would be worth while to spend the extra money and get this model. It can run on either 120 or 240. 240 volts is the better option.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...9230_200479230

As far as brands, I'd stay with Hobart. I have a handler 134 for 8 years and it is a very good machine. I wish I'd have a 220 volt. It will handle flux core and gas with ease.
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