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Re: To the knowledgeable Welders out there......
There have been several discussions on this BBS about MIG vs stick welding and whether 110v MIG welders are hot enough to weld sizable 4x4 stuff, so that might be a good place to start. MIG is nice, I've done stuff from sheet metal up to 1/4" on it, but that was on a nice $4000 220v machine. I dont think you can get a decent 220v machine for under a grand, and many folks will tell you that a 110v cheapie MIG wont get hot enough to do 1/4" stuff, though I've heard otherwise from a few.
Anyway, one way you could go is with a AC/DC stick welder, such as the Lincoln ACDC 225/125 machine that retails around $375. With a 7018 rod and DC current, you can lay down some welds that look like they came off a MIG machine and still be able to blow through 1/2" steel with awesome penetration. (heheh, welding gives you a reason to say penetration on a regular basis [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]). You cant weld sheet metal with a stick machine, but you could buy a cheaper smaller 110v MIG machine to do that if the need ever arises. Don't get the plain jane AC225 welder that's around $250, you cant use a 7018 rod with AC and trust me, 7018 rod becomes your friend after you wrestle with 6011 for awhile [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
There are some 110v MIG welders near $500 that specify up to 1/4" (some even say 5/16") metal, so they're worth looking into, because MIG is great compared to stick... no changing electrodes every minute, no slag removal, easy arc starting, awesome welds, etc etc.... i'm just a little skeptical, but for sure if you're going to weld something 1/2" thick for a recovery point or hitch, you're not gonna do it with a 110v MIG unless you're really creative with your fit-up of the joint [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
Good luck, welding is where it's at! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]