legolas9 at ymail.com
Wed Dec 24 16:40:23 EST 2008
I had been admiring the Lincoln 225 (coffin top) as the stick welder of choice. Not too expensive but seemingly versatile. I had also crossed the wirefeed (MIG in my mind) welders as too expensive once the gas was added.. Now, I am reconsidering that as a choice.
The Lincoln would probably require me to fire up the generator to power it though. I would probably not be welding where a 50 amp outlet is located. That makes the 115 volt wirefeed an attractive candidate.
No matter which I go with, I can see the others being added to the auction and garage sale wish list.
The autodarkening helmet makes sense as a good choice. Without suggestion I would hold off on buying one, when it is as a novice that it is probably most needed.
Now the thought comes that I had considered the gas or stick welders as being versatile enough to cut as well as weld. The wire feed does not have that capability, if I am correct. If I need to cut I am considering angle grinder, sawzall, circular saw with metal blade? Am I on the right track?
It's Christmas Eve, so I won't be comparing welders tonight. But I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to thank everyone for sharing their experience and knowledge.
From: Warren <mogrits at gmail.com>
To: homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 2:25:24 PM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] welding
> I am not a fan of the cheap Chinese junk sold by HF. On a wire feed the
> mechanism is very important. So far from what I have seen the feed on the
> units sold by HF does not look very good and I have been told
> that they are
> prone to snarls. Like any tool, buy the best you can afford so it will
> provide good service and you only have to buy it once.
I agree with you 100%, I just posted those links as a starting point. I have
a nice little Clarke welder (made in Italy of all places), and it works very
well. I also have a coffin-top lincoln stick welder but I rarely get it out
anymore as most of what I break or fabricate seems to be 1/4" or less in
thickness so the wire welder does just fine. (And for me, has been much
easier to achieve nice results than with the stickwelder).
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