Opinion On Welder
Posted 28 July 2012 - 01:11 PM
Now on the market for my first welder so i can start practicing, will be learning the basics in MIG at college (i do an apprenticeship), but want to start repairing the mini so need my own welder
Will this be OK for a starter package? I am looking to spend as little as possible but if it means i will have a crappy time welding then i will spend some more and get a Clarke etc.
Also what gas do you use for MIG? just CO2?
Really appreciate all advice :)
Posted 28 July 2012 - 01:52 PM
First get your self a auto dim helmet, even before you buy a welder there that good and your eyes are worth it.
To gas or not - gas is a better option as it seems to make the weld look better, but then you have to buy gas at 10 quid a bottle welder size or pub set up at 60 quid for bottle and regulator, but then you only pay for a refill about 15 quid and also
It's a bloody heavy bottle to lug about and the small pub ones must weigh 30 pounds so you lose the mobility of the mig. trolly might be a option for you.
I use co2 and it's fine for me but then you can go to argon but that's expensive.
Non gas allways seem to splatter to much.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:24 PM
For gas I would use argon co2 mix, and buy the refillable bottle's, You can alway's make a trolley to carry the bottle (like Mine).
Edited by alex-95, 28 July 2012 - 02:34 PM.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:55 PM
Pay that much and you may find out why its so cheap.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:19 PM
I thought as much
I've looked on machine Mart and the smaller Clarke's seem to be about 200 nd more but as with all things I suppose you get what you pay for :)
Ill have a search for some Clarkes
Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:32 PM
I have a pretty good wolf arc welder
But the mig I have is the Clarke pro-90 with the same gas bottle in that eBay link you posted.
I Bought it off eBay £50 2 years ago & it's never let me down & easy to use
The Clarke welders are extremely easy to get bits for too
Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:35 PM
Will this handle bodywork repairs?? I dont know how thick the metal is ??
Any views on the 100e?? MachineMart sell it for a little over 200quid
Posted 28 July 2012 - 04:11 PM
So i know own a Clarke 100E mk2 MIG :)
Hopefully you guys approve lol
Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:35 PM
also I agree with getting an auto dim mask, maks things a lot easier especially when learning.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:55 PM
Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:12 PM
Just got it home, will get it painted nicely, get it looking great
Hopefully theres some good wire furthur down the reel
Is eBay good for new wire aswell??
Thanks for the replies
Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:20 PM
I had a cheapy auto dim helmet, i kept getting welding flash through it, I think the swp ones are ok.
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