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    Default Anyone use an arc welder?

    If so what sort of work do you do with it? I'm looking for one but want to make sure I'll be able to do light work without blowing a hole in it. I'd get a mig but I think I prefer an arc welder for the lower cost and not needing gas.

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    I've decided on a mig I think. I found one on CL pretty cheap so I'm hoping it's still available and I'll go get it this weekend.

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    only thing i use a arc welder for is when the loader breaks in the back lot, only a couple times LOL. for most people a mig is the ticket. you don't have to use gas, theres always flux core.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyardjon View Post
    only thing i use a arc welder for is when the loader breaks in the back lot, only a couple times LOL. for most people a mig is the ticket. you don't have to use gas, theres always flux core.
    Thanks man. The one I'm hoping to get is just a 110v Craftsman. It comes with a tank and cart so that will be good to have.

    You ever weld with flux core? How does that work usually? Get decent welds from it?

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    yes i;ve used flux core. it works fine. i known people who only use flux cause they don't like the gas. flux burns hotter, just more splatter and smoke. flux or mig, close to the same. it just a personal choice. i like gas mig cause it's cleaner.

    i'm not sure what your gonna weld but remember different wire sizes for the task at hand. sheet metal you wanna use 23 and heavier stuff you'll wanna use at least 30, if not bigger. most people have fit's about sheet metal cause they use the wrong wire and burn through and go too slow.

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    Thanks!

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    Went shopping for a welder this weekend with my dad, he's a welder, there are just so many to freaking choose from. It's funny because I've been reading on some welding forums and the guys that have never used a cheaper flux welder hate them and the guys that have actually used them say they are great for small occasional jobs. What I also find is that since a lot of the guys buying the cheaper welders are just starting off the welds suck. So people see that and say the welders suck. But I've seen some pros do some really nice welds with the cheaper flux welders. So I'm thinking with a little practice I could find a lot of use for the flux. I'm actually going to try and get one from Craigslist or something used. Maybe a flux that can be converted to a gas mig.

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    A guy at my work is moving and is selling his 120V mig welder. It is gas and has a bottle I think its a holbart or something like that. He has been asking I think 250 for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    A guy at my work is moving and is selling his 120V mig welder. It is gas and has a bottle I think its a holbart or something like that. He has been asking I think 250 for it.
    Could you get me a model number if you think about it? I'm leaning toward a Holbart right now as being the brand I want.
    Thanks!

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    he is out sailing the keys right now and will be back on monday for his last week of work. I will ask for some more info then
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