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of torch and welder questions

Postby grossgary on Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:00 pm

someone wants to get me a gift of my choosing for $200. can i pull off a torch for cutting?

i've used one once (over thanksgiving). would be most helpful. any tips/recommendations for someone that doesn't know anything about them?
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Re: of torch and welder questions

Postby crazyhorse_001 on Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:15 am

You can get a simple wire feed welder for $200. Flux core wire is messy, but will do most any sheet metal work you'd need.
For $200 you can get a good basic oxy/accetlene(sic) setup. That would include decent sized tanks.

For my cash, I'd get the welder. It will get used more on rusty old subarus :oops:
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Re: of torch and welder questions

Postby Hocrest on Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:23 am

I have always been recommended against getting any of the welders that sell new for that low of a price, not just because of the reliability, but also because of the stability of the voltage. I have been told that unless you are very skilled it's very difficult to weld thin material with a cheap welder.

If you can find a good welder that is used for $200 then go for it.
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Re: of torch and welder questions

Postby grossgary on Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:14 am

oh sorry - i already have a MIG welder so i don't need a welder. some torches can be used as welders too, wasn't sure how that works. but GD from USMB said not to bother, no one really welds like that any more and i've already got a MIG.

and yes dave, the cheap wire feed MIGS are nearly impossible to do precise work with and are sloppy with lots of slag. getting a nice bead with one takes a lot of work if it's possible at all.

i was wanting a torch.
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