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Daver77 08-02-2012 12:50 AM

Renting a Welder
Is this even possible?

Is so anyone know where?

I would hate to spend 600 plus but I really want to build a brewstand.

What are my options?

FTG-05 08-02-2012 01:18 AM

- Buy a HF special, a 110VAC mig welder without gas. Eventually you'll learn to hate and then spend more money buying it right the first time. Cheap and easy.

- Buy a good Lincoln or Miller MIG welder with gas and learn to use it. A 220VAC unit preferable since it will be more useful in the future and will stave off the need to upgrade. $$$ depending on which unit you buy and facility upgrades (i.e. 220 VAC circuit).

- Have someone build one for you. $$$ and good chance you won't get what you want unless it's a buddy or friend (but if you had said buddy or friend, you probably wouldn't be asking the question).

- Buy an already built unit (i.e. Northern Brewer version). $$$ but you know what your getting. Buy once, cry once.

Good luck.

ebstauffer 08-02-2012 01:18 AM

Two options:
#1 Check with local welding supply houses as they often rent. #2 Harbor Freight

Ralphadopolis 08-02-2012 01:43 AM

When I used to work for United Rentals, we would rent wire-feed mig welders out all the time, I don't recall what they went for.

kh54s10 08-02-2012 01:47 AM

Or go weldless...


Bobby_M 08-02-2012 03:13 AM

If you haven't welded before, you're going to want more than a day or two and a HF $200 MIG will cost less than a week's rental on a pro unit.

MississippiSlim 08-02-2012 12:10 PM

Buy a welder. You will find a uses for it. I don't have a wire feed welder just a stick welder but use it weekly on some project or another. You will also need cutting torch set up or a metal saw. If you NEVER plan on needing to do metal work besides now it would be cheaper to buy or have someone build what you need. Also don't plan on picking it up and welding immediately at least nothing of quality. It takes a bit to get proficient.

nate456789 08-02-2012 12:20 PM

Buy a cheap HF welder and a cheap HF metal chop saw. You will be amazed at the things you will start making and fixing around the house.
Like bobby said you will break even the first week of use.

ajwillys 08-02-2012 12:23 PM

Get a decent brand (Lincoln, Miller, etc..) welder in good shape on craigslist. They can be had for about half the price of new. Use it for practice and then building your brewstand. If you decide after then you like it, keep it. If not, you can probably sell it for close to exactly the same price (assuming you didn't screw it up somehow) on craigslist.

mb82 08-02-2012 12:35 PM

I would buy one and keep it for a year, if you don't use it then sell it. It is amazing how often you will use it for stuff around the house. And once neighbors find out you have it be prepared to be fixing everything of theirs. I can't count how many lawnmower frames, trailer parts, and general stuff I have welded back together for myself and neighbors.

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