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Old 03-25-2010, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default Can I use this welder?

First, I have laid the sum total of 4ft of bead in my life, about 9yrs ago. I know virtually nothing about welding, but don't mind learning something new.

This just came up on my area CL: Miller welder 240v, $125, here's the link:

http://roanoke.craigslist.org/tls/1657038417.html

I called the guy and he said he used it years ago and didn't know what he was doing and hasn't used it since. No 240v in his garage now. He said a needle that went to a crank on the top or side is broken, he thinks it was to tell amperage, he also said one post on a lead is loose.

Again I don't know anything about welders or welding, is this worth it or to broken to worry about. Any specific questions I should ask, keeping in mind he doesn't know much either?

I would like to weld brewstand type material, as well as fittings for my upcoming ekeggle project. Can this welder do it? But I guess the real question will be can I. Thanks for the help.

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Old 03-25-2010, 03:39 PM   #2
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Don't bother. It's a stick welder in poor condition. If it works, you'd be able to make a brew stand with it, but it's nearly useless for welding on kegs. There's a thread about successfully stick welding fittings to kegs, but that was done by a VERY talented welder, and I'd be surprised to see anyone duplicate the results.

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Having done some minor welding I'd say this may work. You'll defiantly need the higher amp receptical to use this.
If the needle that is broken is just for the amperage and the dial still works I wouldn't worry too much about it. With a little trial and error on scrap pieces of steel you can figure out what current setting and feed rate you need.
I don't see any bottles of shielding gas, so this is likely going to require welding wire that has it's own flux. See if the guy has wire with it.
This is just a start, I'd wait until some body who knows welding. There are enough pros around here, you should get some great help.

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It's not a wire feed welder, it's a stick welder. It uses flux coated electrodes, not wire.

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Don't bother. It's a stick welder in poor condition. If it works, you'd be able to make a brew stand with it, but it's nearly useless for welding on kegs. There's a thread about successfully stick welding fittings to kegs, but that was done by a VERY talented welder, and I'd be surprised to see anyone duplicate the results.
I did a quick search and saw Northern Tools has a new 240v arc for $150, doesn't seem like it would be worth the savings if it's busted up a little.

I'm a little nervous about welding stainless from what you're saying. The internets make it sound so appealing. Maybe I'll still make a go of it for a stand etc...and go weldess on the fittings. The Mrs would like a welded light for the dinning room anyway, so the excuse to purchase is in place. Right up until I explain the cost of the list of materials for the electric build I'm planning.

Thanks for all the knowledge up on the board.
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For twice the price, you can get a brand new Hobart Stickmate. Do some reading about the different welding processes to be sure that this is the type of welding you want to do. Search terms should include:

TIG
MIG
stick
SMAW
GTAW
GMAW
FCAW
wire feed
flux core

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Old 03-25-2010, 04:10 PM   #7
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I have thought it would be good to have a welder around and know something about it, and my wife brought up how it would be good to know someone who welds to help with a couple projects, so needless to say I am jumping at the opportunity.

Getting into serious welding like some of you guys do is really not an option now, to many hobbies as it is. Not to mention since reading this forum I now need to build an AG set up, fermenter chamber, and motorized grain mill. I have the keg, mini fridge, motor, and looking at a slug buster set on Ebay. The parts are coming together but it'll take a little time.

I would say you guys are a bad influence...but we all know that isn't true.

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Stick Welder= CRAP

They are worthless welders that are utilized in heavy steel applications outdoors. This is not the type of welder you want for precise/clean welds. In order to weld SS correctly a TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welder is needed and even then in order to weld SS cleanly, takes ALOT of practice.

In my opinion the welder you are looking at is worthless unless ofcourse you have money burning a hole in your pocket. Save your money and buy a MIG (wirefeed). Even a 110V MIG welder with shielding gas (or without if you are doing flux wire) can give you great results with clean steel up to 1/4" thickness.
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I think that settles it, I'll leave the welding to the big boys and spend my money on parts for the system. With an electric system I can get any old stand or cart, or old kitchen cabinets and it'll work fine. No need to buy a welder to do that. Or at least not yet.

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Welded my brewstand and never welded before in my life.

take a look, there might be some info for yeah..if there isnt, well good luck ans happy brewing.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/weld...-build-164749/

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