Any Advice???? starting my hobby of welding

Discussion in 'Materials' started by mandesign, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. mandesign
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    mandesign Junior Member

    Im just starting my hobby of welding and wanted to know if anybody knew where to get any good welding machines?:?: :?: :?:
     
  2. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    Yellow pages. Try to buy from a place that you can talk to and you can pick up the equipment as opposed to having it shipped.
     
  3. mandesign
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    mandesign Junior Member

    Ok thanks, I just spoke with a place called longevity so I think ima go ahead with that company
     
  4. Landlubber
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    Esab.......my TIG and MIG sets are Esab, they are very good and reliable.

    What sort of welding are you referring too anyhow.....TIG, MIG, Gas or Stick.
     
  5. mandesign
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    mandesign Junior Member

    i was referring to stick welding and plasma cutting in 1 machine
     
  6. kroberts
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    Just an amateur here, but I got my advice too late to do me any good.

    I got my MIG welder at a home improvement store. Then I found out later that the best way you can generally get one is to go where you would buy your gas.

    Those guys aren't after a welder sale, they're after years of you buying gas and materials from them. According to a friend I know who is a professional welder, he says they pretty much write off any profit from the sale of the welder and will give you pretty good advice if you talk to them.

    If I were able to do it over I would spend twice as much and get 4 times the welder.
     
  7. Pjitty
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    Pjitty Junior Member

    buy a Miller Welder and you will have it for years....
     
  8. mandesign
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    mandesign Junior Member

  9. scott hightower
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    scott hightower Junior Member

    welding advice

    I am not a big fan of combo units.

    As for strictly a welder I like Miller for production use or a Lincoln buzz box for home if you are on a budget.

    Scott
    Fab Manager
    Welders360.com
     
  10. mandesign
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    mandesign Junior Member

    Couple of pics!!!

    I have received my machine and here a couple of cuts i made.....let me know what you think of it
     

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  11. mandesign
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    mandesign Junior Member

    Check out my machine and some other welds.......

    My new machine works great and soon i will be making some other designs......boy ol boy i love this baby:p :p :p :p :p
     

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  12. Landlubber
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    Landlubber Senior Member

    ....ding....round one.......


    enjoy.....
     
  13. mandesign
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    mandesign Junior Member

    Hey everyone,
    I haven't been on here for some time but i thought I would update you guys on how it is working for me. I'm sure some of you guys were wondering if it's holding up for me and it has! I have had this Weldall 160pi going on 4 years now and I love it. I haven't had any problems with it, i am very satisfied with the choice I made.

    Here is the unit that I have
    http://www.longevity-inc.com/product...dAll-160PI.php
     
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  15. jonr
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    jonr Senior Member

    My advice is to first learn to TIG weld aluminum from a good instructor. After that, most other things come easily.
     
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