Kindergarden Welder

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ed2hess, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nope, in fact...I've seen more pretty welds fail.
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  3. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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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).
     
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Welding is a great skill to have, just wouldn't want to do it for a living.
     
  5. die4irish

    die4irish LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Unless all you want to weld is foil like another poster said.
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  7. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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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/tools/product_200306073_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/tools/product_200479230_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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