Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: N.Dakota, United States of America
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Re: Welders, what to look for?
If you plan on doing any serious amount of welding, you best get one with a 80% duty cycle or better, sucks to weld for 2 minutes then have to wait for 8 minutes for the machine to cool down enough to go again. Also realize that most duty cycles are usually directly related to the amperage you are running the machine at at the time, or in other words if you are running the machine at half of it's rated capacity (200 amp machine at 100 amps) your duty cycle will be longer. If you are just looking for a small hobby machine then getting one with a lessor duty cycle will be ok. Remember to read all literature for the machines you look at. Gas for MIG is a must, Flux core wire SUCKS. If you are looking for a TIG set-up then 1500 is not enough cash. When looking into TIG you must consider if you want to be able to weld aluminum or not, if you do then you must get a machine with High Freq. ybecause you c an't scratch start tig on aluminum. I would also recomend that whatever machine you get get one that has a FULLY adjustable voltage setting, the machines that just have 6 or 8 or ten setting positions suck too. Miller Machines are good, but Lincoln Welders are the BEST, they also cost more. I would be happy with a Miller myself though. Just .02 from a welder by trade.