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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-22-2009, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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What size welder do I need for 1/8 inch rolled steel?

Folks,

What size/type of welder do I need for a frame repair job? MIG/TIG welder? What type of rod do I need? I've done some welding before but it has been a few years.

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A good 120-volt MIG machine will do fine for 1/8" steel. A Miller, Lincoln or Hobart would be the order I'd recommend. Don't get a cheap one - they only use flux-core wire, which works fine but you don't want to be unable to use gas if you want.

There are 120 volt TIG machines too, but TIG welding is going to be more expensive to set up. You'll ned a gas bottle and flow meter, plus an air-cooled torch and foot pedal or thumb wheel. I recommend a foot pedal for beginners.

The nice thing about a TIG machine is that it also will be a very nice stick welder, although the 120-volt machines will probably limit you to 1/8" rods if not smaller.

I also recommend that you pay more attention to the store than the machine. Any name brand welder will do a good job and hold up well for you. You'll want to try out several machines, talk to guys about pros and cons of processes and techniques, and probably get some lessons. You won't get that from a big box store. Go to a real welding supplier. Better, go to several and buy from the one you're most comfortable with.

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You have to ask what type of welder to use and you admit you haven't welded in a long time === AND YOU ARE GOING TO WELD A FRAME?

Think about it - have a professional do it.
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Great point. I'm coming to the same conclusion myself.

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Good point. I should have thought of that.

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Jim and Rich are both right.

It is a structural part and the best machine won't do without an operator.


Sooooo.......... buy what Jim said, learn and practice (X 11ty billion) and BE the welder Rich said.

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All the above about knowing what you are doing if you are going to make "structural" repairs or modifications is good advice. At that level you have to know what you are doing. Now that said check the following posts. There is a lot of good advice. Go bigger than you think you will need. It will save you money and a lot of frustration.

https://forums.off-road.com/jeep-shor...ding-help.html

https://forums.off-road.com/jeep-shor...-question.html

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Thanks everyone. I was able to find an old welding veteran in my area who will perform the welding once I've fabricated the repaired section of the frame.

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Thats fine as we all don't have the time to do everything we want to but also remember.....

no better time than the present

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Glad you are getting it done right. Frame/cage/winch/etc matter. Body/add ons/fu fu I'd say just do it and learn as you go.

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