Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by keith455, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. keith455

    keith455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    What kind of welders do most of you use for fixing your equipment? Is a Mig good enough?
  2. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    What kind of equipment?

    For most regular lawn equipment and light trailers, a good operator with a 120V MIG running .030 wire will do.

    Anything larger will push you into a 240V MIG machine or excessive weld prep.

    For burning deep on thick steel, a good 'ol buzzbox and some fresh 6011's are in order.
  3. mini14

    mini14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    lincoln weldpak 100 with .35 flux core, i wont weld inside (fire hazard).like said above, u will need stick to go heavier, wire feed will get u through 95% of your lawn equipment
  4. jd270

    jd270 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    you could get a mm140 for the light stuff and a arc welder for anything much over 1/4 inch ..i have a mm251 and weld 1/2 all the time and if i want to go up to an inch i will switch over to a dual shield wire and much over that i get out my big old lincoln 300-300 arc tig
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Hobart Handler 135 for me. Wire feed.
  6. subs1000w

    subs1000w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    if you get a wire feed make sure you get a true mig with 75/25 gas, flux core sucks and if you can afford a 220v unit there worth it but 110 will work fine for most stuff
  7. mini14

    mini14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    u must weld indoors with mig gass or u will get a bad weld...if u do it in your garage make sure u have a fire extingusher handy...migs great till the gas runs out in the middle of a project.no war over this, but flux core has its place for me, i have mig welded yes nice and clean, flux core has to be chiped...id rather not burn my house down.
  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    I run a Lincoln WeldPak 155 Mig, 220V. I can work on just about anything with it. sheetmetal up to 1/2". Any thicker we dust off the old 22v stick welder. We just bought an aluminum conversion kit last week and tried it out tonight. It's the perfect sized machine for me.

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