welder suggestion

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  1. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    I want to learn how to do my own welding and was wondering what I needed for just small jobs around the house.I was looking at a mig but what size and do I need the gas setup?
  2. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I just bought a Hobart - Handler 175 with cart, got it for $649.00. I still have a small mig I bought a year ago for 250.00, The hobart 's welding is ALOT smoother than the little one, but it served it's purpose. On both units I have the gas ability, never used it though, and probably never will, just welding small angle etc.
  3. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    That's kinda what I had in mind.Just want to work on trailers,mowers,and built small projects.What do I need to be able to weld alum,sheetmetal and stainless steel?
  4. DavidD

    DavidD LawnSite Member
    from sc
    Messages: 108

    To weld thin gage Sheet metal you will probably need the Gas setup and for stainless you will have to get a tri mix Gas. I Too have the hobart 175 Handler Great machine I Have welded 20 gage Sheet metal to 1/2" plate Im running .024 Wire and Co2 Gas. :blob3:
  5. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    A couple of years ago, I bought a lincoln sp-135 mig welder, it works excellent, it takes the 2lb and 11lb spools, and can be run with flux core or gas (recomend gas) also its a 110volt so all you need is a 20amp circuit. i've built several trailers with it, You can weld 1/4" with it if you use 2 passes. Then I went on to buy a hypertherm Plasma cutter, man is that thing handy. My brother has been a buyer of welding supplies for years, and he recomends Lincoln, I'm sure it's all opinion, but remember you get what you pay for.
  6. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Lincoln,Miller or Hobart,all good machines,a 110 volt will do you fine,i've had a Lincoln 100 wire feed for years,great little machine,good for what your doing but it got a little small for me so i got a bigger one.Flux wire will work good on dirty steel or outside when it's windy,i like the gas setup but its personal preference,all of the small machines claim they can weld aluminum but it's not worth the hassle(and the welds are poor)you really need a spool gun to do that stuff which in turn means you need a bigger welder to run the spool gun.
  7. Rob T

    Rob T LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    To weld stainless you need a tri mix & SS wire, to weld steel you need 30-60% argon/Co2 mix, aluminium you will most likely need a spool gun (because the wire is soft and will jam in the liner)

    So, it's kind of depends what you want to do.
    I would reccomend getting at least 125 amp gas shielding unit from a reputable supplier for most applications.
  8. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    Thanks for the info guys.
  9. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I bought a Lincoln 110 volt welder last year. I got tired of tring to find a welder who could stop to make emergency repairs. I'm still learning the proper welding techniques. I paid around $330 at Home Depot.
  10. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    What about those welders at places like TSC and Harbor Freight?Is there a discount place on the internet to look at?I'm trying to get out as cheap as possible.

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