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Old 10-02-2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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Well, I'm looking to get a welder. It will be my first welder, and my first time welding. I would be using it for sheet metal work, maybe bumper stuff for my jeep, exhaust stuff, and possible a few other things. What would be the easiest way to learn? What would be the best model to learn on? I am a noob at this, so, I would appreciate all help and opinions. Thanks.
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well do you know what types of metal you want to work with?

I'm no expert but for me the best way to learn was practice practice practice
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Depends on the metal and what type of welder your useing. There are Arc welding, which is commonly seen as "stick" welding using a very hot piece of metal anywhere from the size of a 1/2' dowel to a 1 round, to a grounded piece of metal., OxyAcetelyne Welding, where you take a thin piece of metal and heat it to melting point to join two pieces of metal. Tig welding, which uses a titanium stick, commonly used to weld alluminum[sp]. Mig welding, which uses a roll of wire, electrified, pushed onto a grounded piece of metal to create a weld. You have big machines that use plasma, but those usually run mucho bucks. If you need any help with anything, let me know. I got cert in Mig, Tig, Oxy and Arc
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Depends on the metal and what type of welder your useing. There are Arc welding, which is commonly seen as "stick" welding using a very hot piece of metal anywhere from the size of a 1/2' dowel to a 1 round, to a grounded piece of metal., OxyAcetelyne Welding, where you take a thin piece of metal and heat it to melting point to join two pieces of metal. Tig welding, which uses a titanium stick, commonly used to weld alluminum[sp]. Mig welding, which uses a roll of wire, electrified, pushed onto a grounded piece of metal to create a weld. You have big machines that use plasma, but those usually run mucho bucks. If you need any help with anything, let me know. I got cert in Mig, Tig, Oxy and Arc
What one is the easiet to use for a beginner? I would be welding steel and perhaps exhaust piping. I hear that Mig welders are good for beginners?
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Mig and Oxy are good for beginners. Easy to lay a bead with both since if your steady with your hands when you tag the metal, it will be smooth flowing
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I learned to arc weld in 9th grade, I found it pretty easy.

Chad, what are the differences in welding stainless steel vs steel vs Al??
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Arc, SMARC, or 'stick' will give you deeper weld penetration. Typically for heavy stuff. It'* tricky to weld thin-wall tubing and the like unless you're REALLY good. This would also apply to sheet metal. Very tough with stick.

I'd suggest a small 110v wire-feed Mig for automotive sheetmetal.
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My dad has a little 120V wire feed welder that is perfect for what your looking for. Its easy to use with some practice and can weld up to 5/16" thick.
http://www.mylincolnelectric.com/Cat...eet.asp?p=7112
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My dad has a little 120V wire feed welder that is perfect for what your looking for. Its easy to use with some practice and can weld up to 5/16" thick.
http://www.mylincolnelectric.com/Cat...eet.asp?p=7112
that looks like an nice little welder
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try to get one with shielding gas it helps alot for laying good welds
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