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Doing your own welding

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by recycledsole, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. laman

    laman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 335

    Don't have to use gas with flux core. I have a millermatic 210 and use c25 with 70s6 wire. I have used flux core only a few times but no gas is necessary.
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  2. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,101

    Some fluxcore does require a shielding gas as well. Dual shield. Hey recycledsole how close are you to Middle River?
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  3. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,021

    Use flux core wire with a mig and you don't need shielding gas. Flux is used for welding outside where the wind would blow shielding gas away. The mis-information in this thread is crazy.

    Mig welding is not hard. The welder settings are posted on the inside door of most welders. A 110 mig would weld expanded metal just fine. Get flux core and no shielding gas/bottle is needed. Helmets can be gotten cheap too. If you have a friend who can do it for cheap have him do it. If you are paying a welding shop, look around for a cheap welder and do it yourself. It will come in handy many times for welding on trailers, trailer racks, etc.
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  4. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 5,997

    It is not wrong, to use self fluxed wire as these little machines do must be very good product wire and not much of a breeze around to lay a good weld with those things or its pin hole city and a tap will break the weld. Our local shop uses one and around shop fans welds make sad lol.

    I am also a welder over 10years and worked boiler makers the small machines are for small jobs, not welding on 7-10 gauge steel. Especially on a heavy duty mower taking a beating everyday. The only time I would use one is for a quick fix till I got to a real welder for real steel.
  5. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 5,997

    I like the site design you have need more graphics/images to spruce it up a little.
  6. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 940

    Buddy your absolutely wrong and backwards about this. Use stick and flux core in the wind so your gas don't blow away.

    Honestly I'd be surprised if you ever laid a bead.

    The OP got what he needed so let it die before people start to Google your nonsense.
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  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,110

    You cannot beat stick for welding outside. I learned on stick. Went to college for it
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  8. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
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    Never said anything about stick welding, just the cheap mig flux but hey if you like then go for it lol
  9. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 5,997

    exactly that is proper flux, all I have ever use anyways no gas shield is junk

    let me re-phrase that for the whiny guy it is just for heavy duty welding that is where the gas rules in or move to stick

    I welded my whole life but I'm just a idiot I suppose

    I would rather lay hot bead of 35 mig wire than flux any day though
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2016
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  10. salvagedrover

    salvagedrover LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    You could use one of those cheap welders from harbor freight. They put out almost no power if they're 110V, so you don't have to worry about burning or melting anything, and if you're not sure about welding they're good to learn on.

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