Welder recommendations

Discussion in 'Shop, Garage and Tools' started by Penstarpurist, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Pascamp

    Pascamp Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    610
    Likes Received:
    442
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2016
    Location:
    PA
    Local Time:
    9:56 PM
    C25 will do almost anything steel. Argon is for aluminum. I use tri for stainless. Straight CO2 burns hot and dirty, is cheap, but has it's uses. That's a gross over simplification, but it'll do 99% of the time.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • MoparMike1974

      MoparMike1974 Well-Known Member

      Messages:
      916
      Likes Received:
      445
      Joined:
      Jun 16, 2017
      Location:
      Maryland
      Local Time:
      9:56 PM
      I upgraded from an old L-TEC (made by esab I think). It was about 20 years old and I was having trouble getting parts for it.
      Bought a Miller Matic 211 and love it. Its all transistor based so no transformer to add a bunch of weight. Super light and portable and a great performing machine.
      I just bought a spool gun for it to do aluminum. Hope to get some time to test it out soon.
      Plasma cutter is nice to have but you cant replace a torch, its a must have shop tool. Another must is a milwaukee porta-band. The new cordless ones are awesome.
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Pascamp

        Pascamp Well-Known Member

        Messages:
        610
        Likes Received:
        442
        Joined:
        Feb 27, 2016
        Location:
        PA
        Local Time:
        9:56 PM
        I have the spoolmate 150 and have had zero problems with it. If they sold a hip holster for the portaband, I'd wear it like a cowboy. My Milwaukee impact would be on my other hip. I use those two tools daily and mercilessly.
         
        • Like Like x 1
        • 71GSSDemon

          71GSSDemon Well-Known Member

          Messages:
          753
          Likes Received:
          849
          Joined:
          Jul 27, 2018
          Location:
          Oshkosh, WI
          Local Time:
          8:56 PM
          I have a Miller XMT304 MIG/TIG/stick inverter welder at home. Extremely versatile and can weld anything I could ever need, minus aluminum as the AC conversion alone was $1200. Nope, will weld that stuff at work and save the money.
           
          • Like Like x 1
          • MoparMike1974

            MoparMike1974 Well-Known Member

            Messages:
            916
            Likes Received:
            445
            Joined:
            Jun 16, 2017
            Location:
            Maryland
            Local Time:
            9:56 PM
            I have a dozen or more of the M18 milwaukee tools, they are all great.
            I use the cordless porta band most of the time but also have a corded one on the milwaukee table.
             
            • Like Like x 1
            • red67gts

              red67gts FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

              Messages:
              1,794
              Likes Received:
              552
              Joined:
              Apr 14, 2009
              Location:
              Coker,Al
              Local Time:
              8:56 PM
              I have chop saws, port a band, torches but my go to most of the time is Metabo grinder. I can use cutting disc and have it cut before I can get the others out or quick change to grinding disc.
               
              • Like Like x 1
              • nm9stheham

                nm9stheham Well-Known Member

                Messages:
                9,741
                Likes Received:
                2164
                Joined:
                Dec 20, 2013
                Location:
                Waynesboro, VA
                Local Time:
                9:56 PM
                I'd encourage you to read and not just take word of mouth... here is a start:
                Common Shielding Gases Used for Arc Welding | Lincoln Electric
                 
                • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
                • Penstarpurist

                  Penstarpurist Well-Known Member

                  Messages:
                  919
                  Likes Received:
                  318
                  Joined:
                  Oct 28, 2016
                  Location:
                  Salem
                  Local Time:
                  6:56 PM
                  Sounds like I have been denying myself some pretty good tools. I definitely want a cordless handheld porta saw now. And thanks for the link nm9stheham, I'm going to do some reading of it now. I need to check out a metabo grinder. Sounds like a beast.
                   
                • Garry in AZ

                  Garry in AZ Building a 9 second Valiant FABO Gold Member

                  Messages:
                  217
                  Likes Received:
                  185
                  Joined:
                  Jul 13, 2017
                  Location:
                  Mesa, AZ
                  Local Time:
                  7:56 PM
                  For a good all round MIG welder the Miller 211 is hard to beat. Use a 75/25 gas mix for best results.
                  On the plasma cutter issue, I put off buying one for over 15 years. When it came time to back half the Valiant, I finally pulled the trigger on a Hypertherm 45XP. Couldn't be happier with it, and I think it was money well spent. Sure, I could have used a cutoff wheel... but look at the cut the plasma made through a 3/8" thick weld. This cut took maybe 20 seconds. I like having the plasma around for jobs like this where the alternative would be a lot more time and effort.

                  20180702_144745 (Large).jpg
                   
                  • Like Like x 1
                  • Penstarpurist

                    Penstarpurist Well-Known Member

                    Messages:
                    919
                    Likes Received:
                    318
                    Joined:
                    Oct 28, 2016
                    Location:
                    Salem
                    Local Time:
                    6:56 PM
                    That is impressive. Would definitely be a chore with a cut off wheel.
                     
                  • george joseph reid

                    george joseph reid Well-Known Member

                    Messages:
                    49
                    Likes Received:
                    16
                    Joined:
                    Aug 22, 2018
                    Location:
                    Elmira Oregon
                    Local Time:
                    6:56 PM
                    One option is the Lincoln Easy Mig 140. Got one last year from Blains Farm supply shipped for under $500. Dose all I need it to do.
                     
                    • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
                    • Penstarpurist

                      Penstarpurist Well-Known Member

                      Messages:
                      919
                      Likes Received:
                      318
                      Joined:
                      Oct 28, 2016
                      Location:
                      Salem
                      Local Time:
                      6:56 PM
                      I'll definitely check out the lincoln easy mig 140. Sounds like a great price .
                       
                    • RustyRatRod

                      RustyRatRod Just another dumbass. FABO Gold Member

                      Messages:
                      47,467
                      Likes Received:
                      12488
                      Joined:
                      Jun 7, 2010
                      Location:
                      Georgia
                      View My Photos
                      Local Time:
                      9:56 PM
                      I have a small 115V Craftsman made by Clarke. It's nice. Done everything I have tried to do. It's convenient for me because I don't need a huge one.