looking for a dirt cheap mig/tig



looking for a dirt cheap mig/tig

Postby grumpyvette » November 6th, 2014, 1:39 pm

andy wrote: grumpy Im, looking for a dirt cheap mig/tig to replace some floor panels and a rusted trunk floor and lower quarter panel on my GTO, I see HARBOR FREIGHT HAS THOSE CHEAP WELDERS???
Sorry, I meant this welder: Flux Core Arc Welder (FCAW)
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IVE used a great many low cost welders and of the lower cost welders available I think this is one of the better bargains.
now that being said Id step back and think about what you intend to do, if its a single minor repair it will more than likely be cheaper and easier to buy the replacement panel and have some local body shop or local member of a muscle car club with a welder help you replace it.
Duty cycle on that HF flux core welder and the lincoln is listed at 20% @ 90 AC amps the difference is the LINCOLN IS A TRUE MIG WITH A GAS SHIELD AND REGULATOR, which will allow far nicer weld quality and less splatter, less porous welds that require far less grinding to clean up.

the listed DUTY CYCLE is 20% that means that in any 10 minute time period you can weld for TWO minutes and MUST LET IT COOL 8 Minutes or RISK BURNING IT UP, you won,t be using a full 90 amps on sheet metal but you must be aware that the machine can be damaged if over heated thru constant or near continual use
ID advise getting a cheap face shield that works, these HF are a decent low cost value
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now if you want a decent welder that can do a good deal more than sheet metal repairs the price naturally goes up, but so does the capability's, and a bit of research helps as will taking a welding class or two to gain some skills.
you can certainly shop for a good used welder at a significant discount, but obviously you need to know what your looking at and how to test its function.

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