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Old 09-05-2012, 01:42 AM   #51
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This Welder is on sale right now locally for 99 bucks
http://www.harborfreight.com/welding...der-68887.html

WHAtyou think

"Weldable materials: Mild, low alloy steel (not suitable for aluminum or stainless steel)"
I started on that welder. I learned on the welder. I would not recommend that welder. There was almost no controllability with the welding. Also unless they fixed the issue, the wire is always hot. So if you touch the tip to anything with the welder turned on it will arc. Flashed my eyes a few times, not fun.

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #52
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Well, you're limited with this for a few reasons:

1. It's flux core - which is one reason why you don't use it for Stainless. It would make a mess! FC is fine, but definitely not for fine work. I can't wait to get a gas cylinder for my Lincoln. It also doesn't show a fitting for gas to make it a MIG at some point, so you'd be stuck with FC forever on it.
2. It's Harbor Freight. I am NOT a snob - but you do realize you get what you pay for. With HF, you will be fussing with it to get it to work the way you need it to. I did a bunch of work for a horse boarding place nearby and that's what they had to work with and, yes, I fought it constantly. It worked, but it was a constant futzing with it. . . Will it work? Yes. Would you be much happier with a Miller/Lincoln/Hobart off Craigslist? Yes.
3. It's 120vac - the 3/16" max they give you is optimistic. 120VAC just doesn't produce enough penetrating heat to really do a lot. 1/8" (.120) Yeah and that would be about the max I would do with it.

Now, since it's only $110, it's not like you're putting out a ton of dinero. . . so it may be everything you need. Just don't go into it without knowing the limitations. You know?

I hope this helps.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:35 PM   #53
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This Welder is on sale right now locally for 99 bucks
http://www.harborfreight.com/welding...der-68887.html

WHAtyou think

"Weldable materials: Mild, low alloy steel (not suitable for aluminum or stainless steel)"

That is the welder I have. It works well with mild steel, but it is messy. If you can get a gas shielded one, I would. Your welds will look a lot nicer and you will spend less time cleaning flux off of your work.

 
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