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Welder Question for Trailer Racks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Kickin Your Grass, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    I'm wanting to make some racks for my trailer to hold hand tools, gas cans, etc. I'm basically going to be using angle iron, square tubing, and expanded metal. I will also do misc. welding when needed. I'm looking for something cheap that will get the job done. Will this work :

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=44568
     
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    A car battery and jumper cables will weld better than that thing. Personally spend a little more money on something better. Even look at trying to find a good used welder something that runs off of 220.

    You need to look at the duty cycle that little welder your looking at you can weld 6 seconds out of every minute.

    Start searching the pawn shops or local auctions and you will find a AC welder somewhere.
     
  3. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    I looked ar that one and ended up getting a small mig at sears
     
  4. thebobcatkid86

    thebobcatkid86 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    My advice, if you have the budget go for a Hobart Stickmate LX 235AC/160DC stick machine. I have one of these and a Lincoln 140DC MIG and Im telling you that once you learn to use it that Hobart will weld anything. I bought mine to renovate this old flatbed trailer I bought to haul my bobcat.
     
  5. gmcplowtruck

    gmcplowtruck LawnSite Member
    Posts: 174

    i would look at a hobart harbor freight sells them and so does tsc
     
  6. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    I love my little Lincoln, it is just a 100, if I was buying now I'd get a 135.
     
  7. thebobcatkid86

    thebobcatkid86 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    My Hobart came from TSC. Was $399. When I bought it I didnt know squat about welding but I knew I had to have it to fix this old trailer. My dad knows a little about welding. The Lincoln 140 is actually his. He taught me the bacics and then I just followed the charts and guidelines in the manual that came with the Hobart and now I know how to do stuff that he cant imagine. My othe advice: If you're going to go stick get one with a DC option. Much smoother, less spatter and easier to control your arc/puddle.
     

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