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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Im looking into buying an arc welder for my garage. Ive only welded a couple of times but Its something I want to learn how to do. What kind of welder would be good for someone just starting out and for jeep projects?
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Re: Welding

If you want an arc welder i would look for a "tomb stone" style 220 volt welder that's used and you can make sure works for $100. If you do some digging they are easy to find since every one wants a mig and they have been made for ever. Arc welders are a lot more chalanging for a new welder to lay a decent bead with then a mig welder. If you can master arc welding when you get a mig you'll be a pro. If you want to spend some money on a mig that will work for every jeep project look into a miller 175 mig, it's what i have and it's a really nice welder. if youre looking for a new welder check out www.cyberweld.com
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I second the Miller 175, it was the best Jeep decision I think I ever made.
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Re: Welding

My advice for anyone who wants to weld, is to take a welding night class at your local technical high school or community college. I took an 8 week course and I did arc, gas, mig, tig, and cutting torch use. We did vertical welding, learned about the different rods, gas differences, etc., etc.

I'm not saying it made me an all-out pro, but it was very informative. I'd highly recommend it.

I have a 110V Mig welder at home, and it's been great for small projects around the Jeep and my other vehicles. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Also, I'd stay with a major name - Miller, Lincoln, etc.

Good luck
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Re: Welding

What Pete said about a name brand. Also visit and hang around your local shops. As a beginner you're going to have quesations, and maybe problems. A shop staffed with guys who know welding and are happy to guide a novice is a terrific resource.
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Re: Welding

The old Lincoln "Tombstone" is a great welder - try to find one that's both AC and DC - DC's soooo much easier to weld with - especially to learn on.

They made both AC/DC and AC only.
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Re: Welding

About a year ago, I bought a used Linciln AC 220 arc welder for $70. I finally got my garage wired for it and I am just starting to use it. I would suggest buying a used stick welder before you sink big bucks into a new mig welder. If you find you don't use it, or you don't want to weld, you don't have much into it. If you find you love it and want to do more, save up for a mig, but keep the stick welder for heavy stuff. And by all means, take a class. I am planning on that sometime after Christmas.
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Another vote for The Miller 175, it makes me feel like a pro......
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Don't know what the miller 175's are going for, but my 175 Hobart was cheap and almost every replacable part on it says Miller.
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Don't forget Lincoln's machines. They have a voltage tapped 220 model called the SP175T (which I have, and I bought it here as a Mig Pak 15) and a continously variable voltage model called the SP175+. Both are good machines. The SP175T is often sold under a different model number by the chain stores at a really good price.
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