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Gonna Hafta\' Mig my Rig!

Hey I am just getting ready to start working on my sammy's front clip and body. I have a few questions for you Dr. Knowitall's. I am looking to purchase a mig welder:
1. Should i go flux cored or Gas!
2. Which do you guys find better -> Infinetly variable or the 4 setting type.
3. and last but not least."how do they get the caramilk in the Caramilk Bar?"

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hey man,
1 if you got the dough, definately go with the gas. i had it in high school, but now i am restricted to flux core and arc. oh well, zuk deserves the money more. i make do.
2 i prefer the infinate variable on heat and wirespeed.
3 very carefully!!!
just my opinions.
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What do you want to do with the MIG? if it is just sheet metal work you can get away with a Lincoln weldpac 100
(It comes wirefeed but you can add a gas option on later. another 99.00 US ) this would be the bare bones in my mind. you would still be able to do up to 1/4" if carefull. Gas is the best way to go.
I bought a cheepo Campbell Huasfeld and it shows, the wirefeed is jerky and the % of time you can weld with it low. I just bought a used 220v 140 amp Mig that will do up to 3/8" and has all the doo-dads used for $250 us.
I will be testing it this weekend. Fluxcore is better than nothing, but if I had a choice I would go with a
stickwelder, 225amp 220V machines are avalible used cheep, and can do everything but sheet metal work If you
take the time to learn.
Of course if you got the bucks cut out the middleman and go right for a 200amp Mig with a high duty cycle and it will last you your lifetime. As disjointed as this was I hope it helps.

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Or a 250 Amp 80% duty cycle like I bought myself as a present!!!!

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We own both... actually, a couple different gas MIGs. Welding with a flux core wire on thin Samurai sheet metal is going to be very tough. On the other hand, gas MIGs are more expensive. However, you can buy kits to put gas onto a flux core machine to do thin sheet metal welding. You could then use the flux core wire to weld thicker stuff later on if you want to.

All that said, if you have the funds, go with a good gas machine.

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Well My father and I finaly broke down and went half's on a mig Welder. We decided to get a Lincon 125. It's a 115 V. 125 Amp. Variable controls, Gas Welder.

And it was not cheap..... $820 Cnd. +tax (and that was on sale.)
Plus we decided to get a helmet with the automatic light sensors = $ 220 +tax CND.

Got home around 4:00 And tested it out. *Note*- This would be my first time trying to weld anything.

What a Mess!!!!! It took me about 30 minutes to get the hang of it. However Now I love to weld.

Thanks for all the input guys. Hope you all enjoy your welders as much as I do!!!
-Bill

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Great! welcome to the world of fabrication ala welding. Once you get it down you will be sticking all kinds of things together.

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Re: Gonna Hafta\' Mig my Rig!

hey billduck,after i retired in 96 from the government,i opened a weld shop and played for a couple of years.my favorite welder was a 110 volt wire feed. i used nothing but flux core wire except when i did work on a high dollar project,and then i ran flux core with gas.i had great welds with super penetration. my two cents,RR

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