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#1 minidream94

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 08:14 PM

am looking for a first time welder to work with when i start the resto on my clubman estate. I am doing welding at college every friday so am getting good at it, but obviously there much better machines. So i take it this welder would be ample for bodywork on my estate?

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...e=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Thanks

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 01:49 AM

Sounds ideal, you could ask on mig-welding.co.uk if anyone has any actual experience.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 02:30 AM

Thought i read something about these welders being a bit poo but like Ethel said have a look at the mig welding forum they will give you the low down on this make.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 07:07 AM

But spec wise is a good starter for 10... but you need to find out is the duty cycle figure, this tell you how what percentage of time you can use the welder before it needs to cool down... and ultimately how good the welder is.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 10:47 AM

Wolf are supposed to be gash however thats hearsay i have never used one, duty cycle wont be an issue on bodywork as you wont be doing long runs and you should be only using 30 amps.

Personally i would not bother, the mask is c**p and you will need to spend out on a new one, for £150 you can get a decent second hand welder.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 11:26 AM

I looked at buying that, but Shifty (resident welding god) said not to waste my money as it was poo!

Apparently it is much wiser to pay a little more and get a Clarke one...

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 06:53 PM

alright guys and girl, cheers, think ill look out for a more decent one then :wub:

so you recomend clarke?

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:01 PM

I looked at buying that, but Shifty (resident welding god) said not to waste my money as it was poo!

Apparently it is much wiser to pay a little more and get a Clarke one...



I don't think I've ever had a tool that was made by wolf that wasn't crap!!

Spend a bit more, a welder is an investment for a mini owner!!

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:19 PM

lol thats too true shifty, along with a welder. If you got them two your sorted :L so do you recomend a clarke then shifty?

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:25 PM

Yup, clarke stuff is quite nice to use. I had a 150 amp one a while back, nice enough little thing.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:26 PM

I got a clarke :wub:

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:40 PM

alright ill save up and get a clarke one then :wub: cheers for that guys :-

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 08:09 PM

if you're using a decent welder to learn on when you change to a cheap/diy one you will notice quite a difference.
clarke stuff is CHEAP CHINESE JUNK. the mark up on it is massive.

you would be best to buy a decent sized set second hand or cobel welding on fleabay do some decent stuff, it's chinese but decent kit for the price.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 08:14 PM

if you're using a decent welder to learn on when you change to a cheap/diy one you will notice quite a difference.
clarke stuff is CHEAP CHINESE JUNK. the mark up on it is massive.

you would be best to buy a decent sized set second hand or cobel welding on fleabay do some decent stuff, it's chinese but decent kit for the price.


For CHEAP CHINESE JUNK it seems to work very well, for most average DIYers the price range is ideal and considering a lot of forum members use them and rate them they cannot be that bad. Yes there are better makes out there and if people decide to spend serious money on upgrading then fair play but unless i go into full time welding then i for one will stick with Clarke.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 09:03 PM

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item3f05a682e1

how about this one then? suitable for an ameteur welder doing body work for the first time?

Cheers guys really helpful

Nick




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