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doobinator
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Question for the welders

Post by doobinator » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:51 pm

Supercheap have a 140 amp Arc welder on sale for $99. As I have always wanted to learn to weld I thought this might be a good opportunity to get myself something to learn with. Would this be a suitable bit of kit to learn on? Would I be able to use this for some basic chopper projects as well?

It states that it will weld up to 8mm plate and takes between 2 and 3.1 mm rods I think.

Any advice would greatly appreciated

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Re: Question for the welders

Post by Bearcx » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:05 am

Sure. will do the job. Most 2mm rods run around 80-90 amps, it may struggle with penetration on 3.2mm rods, but, definitely worth it for newbie to learn on. See if they'll throw in some rods, gloves, helmet, chipping hammer, new Ferrari etc etc. :D
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Re: Question for the welders

Post by doobinator » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:11 pm

Awesome thanks mate, yeah I'll see what I can squeeze out of em. It coes with a hand held mask and chipping hammer but would prefer to not have to hold the mask while welding.

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Re: Question for the welders

Post by dg6oo2 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:19 pm

You can get cheapie flash masks for around $100 bucks upwards
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Re: Question for the welders

Post by doobinator » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:07 pm

Upon further inspection of the products they have a mask for $14. Not usre how good that would be. Not sure if it is worht risking my eyes cause you only get one chance.

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Re: Question for the welders

Post by junior123 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:48 pm

you can get flip downs for about $20-$25 at bunnings, that will do the job. I got a cigweld flipdown from Masters. But pretty sure there wouldn't be one near you haha

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Re: Question for the welders

Post by Bearcx » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:48 am

You can buy different lenses for helmets. Most come with a "shade" rating. 8 or 5 or something like that, also most have a clear plastic cover to avoid scratching on the front. CIG/BOC gas/Bunnings or such will have spares, so if it is irritating your eyes, go a shade darker.
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Re: Question for the welders

Post by xsive » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:30 pm

masters at the moment have a special for dads day 50 bucks automatic single shade 11 ,ok for arc ,allso i think you can iorder online
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Re: Question for the welders

Post by doobinator » Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:46 pm

They also have a cihweld mig for $275, would anyone be willing to give an opinion as to whether the extra $175 would be worth it to get a mig?

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Re: Question for the welders

Post by xsive » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:20 pm

that mig is a gasless unit ok for repair jobs in the wind welds not as neat as with gas so i guess if ya can afford to wait and get a gas/gasless unit you would be happier with the results latter down the track
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Re: Question for the welders

Post by doobinator » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:40 pm

Thanks for all the info guys. I think I'll gebthe cheap arc welder for so I can start learning how and use the difference between that had the mig as savings for a better mig or tig or something.

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Re: Question for the welders

Post by Prof » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:29 pm

Arc is as strong as MIG... just a pain cleaning off flux. A number of bikes I've done with arc are still going strong after many years riding.
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