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Old 12-03-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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I have the chance to pick up an older Lincoln 220volt stick welder for pretty cheap. I'd really like a mig but its not in the budget. Is it worth while to have the Lincoln in the stable? Haven't used one since high school but I remember it can handle any thickness metal so that that would be good. Not sure if it can weld stainless or aluminum. What do you think?

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Old 12-03-2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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If it is cheap and you want it go for it. They are great for "farm" type uses like lawnmower and other equipment repairs. Stainless and Aluminum can be welded with MIG but are best handled with a TIG welder.

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The mig will be more flexible. If you're on that much of a budget, consider a flux core... Pretty much just a mig without the gas.

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The mig will be more flexible. If you're on that much of a budget, consider a flux core... Pretty much just a mig without the gas.
But you can pretty much kiss any chance of welding Stainless and Aluminum good bye with flux core wire.
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Are the stick welders strictly mild steel? I figure I'm only able to do mild steel with a flux core and not nearly the thickness I can do with the stick welder. I can get the Lincoln for under $100. I can also get a cheapo flux machine from HF for the same. Which one would have the bigger advantage?

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If you are going to weld plate or heavier angle the stick will have the advantage. With thinner sheet metal the stick is just gonna blow holes. The wire welder whether Flux or MIG will have more adjustability and handle thinner stuff much better while sacrificing power to burn the thick stuff.

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Good welder and always great to have around. Especially if you mess with any kind of farm equipment, trailers, heavy metal, etc. They are awesome.

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They do make electrodes for stick welding aluminum, but I'd only using them on the thick stuff...and even then, don't expect great welds.

As a general purpose welder for steel, stick is pretty nice.

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Buy the Arc welder then practice welding with it while you save up for a MIG. The arc welder will always be useful.

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If it is an ac/dc stick welder, you can add a tig torch, and "scratch" start tig.

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