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Andy B (MI)    Posted 11-02-2016 at 21:11:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Got a welder
  • Well kinda been watching craigslist for a while now looking for a cheapish Lincoln, Miller, or Hobart mig welder. Then surprise surprise, someone got me a welder for my B-day. Not what I really had in mind and not top of the line or anything like that but not going to complain. It's a 160 amp dual Voltage DC welder, so a stick welder. Came with 5 pounds of E7018 3/32 welding rod. So what the heck, I'll try stick welding. Anybody got some tips this kind of welding?

    I've got 2 different auto dimming welding helmets now, both are cheaper ones but both have good rating online, have used them when helping others with welds around the farm. Some time in the future I still plan to get a mig, but for now this will do.


    Carson (NCAL)    Posted 11-04-2016 at 10:49:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Nice welder. A friend of mine has one of the dual voltage units and it is a great welder.

    If you are working in plain old steel you might try some 6013 rod. It is drag rod and makes nice welds in steel.

    Plug it in and make some tracks on scrap to practice.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 11-03-2016 at 13:42:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Got a welder
  • My experience with DC welding is: You have to work to make a bad weld! Wish I had one. Much easier than welding with AC. I finally broke down and bought a Auto darkening helmet. No idea how I got along with out one for so long!

    Congratulations and have fun!

    Jack

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