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Ryan B
09-14-2006, 10:37 AM
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/product.asp?p=010114070&r=2030&g=105
thanks alot i might go down the road and pick one up, im going to be learning with it and making stuff every so often.
thanks alot
-Ryan

also would it be fine to mig in a wooden shed?? once i have built a table?

Ryan B
09-14-2006, 10:43 AM
im going to weld a bit in the garden on the concrete - build table clear crap out of shed and put it in.

Ryan B
09-14-2006, 11:25 AM
please guys awser im getting excited my mums said yeah go for it and my dads kinda said yes so got 2 hours till they close :blob4:

MAC702
09-14-2006, 11:47 AM
If that's all you can afford, than any welder is better than no welder. I'm not familiar with the UK market enough for a more thorough response.

Clarke is considered a generic brand, but many have their products and say they are decent, though that's usually with the 130A model that let's you use gas.

That one will be for up to 1/8" steel only and you'll always have to use flux-cored wire, which can get more expensive, but it useful in the outdoors anyway.

niels dh
09-14-2006, 01:15 PM
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/product.asp?p=010114070&r=2030&g=105
thanks alot i might go down the road and pick one up, im going to be learning with it and making stuff every so often.
thanks alot
-Ryan

also would it be fine to mig in a wooden shed?? once i have built a table?
you would not do best mows in houten a workshop

Ryan B
09-14-2006, 02:11 PM
so welding in a shed is bad i guess?

Ryan B
09-14-2006, 02:12 PM
If that's all you can afford, than any welder is better than no welder. I'm not familiar with the UK market enough for a more thorough response.

Clarke is considered a generic brand, but many have their products and say they are decent, though that's usually with the 130A model that let's you use gas.

That one will be for up to 1/8" steel only and you'll always have to use flux-cored wire, which can get more expensive, but it useful in the outdoors anyway.
thanks for looking =)

Ryan B
09-14-2006, 02:16 PM
it says that it can convert to 'Gas' welding

MAC702
09-14-2006, 02:38 PM
To convert to gas, you'll have to buy the solenoid kit. Price it now. Besides, that's an awfully small machine to consider for GMAW. It's gonna be taxed just doing decent FCAW welds, which get greater penetration.

In GMAW, you'll be limited to 3/32" sheet metal and tubing projects, realistically. But if that's all you need and can afford....

MAC702
09-14-2006, 02:39 PM
so welding in a shed is bad i guess?
Weld wherever you can. But if there is wood around, take a look around often and make sure nothing is smoldering and when you are done, stop welding first, so you have time to do other things and keep an eye on the place for at least 30 - 60 minutes.

Ryan B
09-14-2006, 03:11 PM
thanks. yeah im going to buy that welder its all i can afford being a 14 year old haha yeah thanks im proble going to put paving slabs in the shed on the floor and some fire retardent blankets on the wall.
thanks alot
-Ryan

MAC702
09-14-2006, 03:50 PM
Is the wall wood paneled now, or open studs? If open, just sheetrock it. Blankets are good as long as they don't just hide something smoldering behind them.

Ryan B
09-14-2006, 04:03 PM
yeah its panels, its got some wood treatment i forget what though?? ill probs just weld a table together and move it onto conctrete and weld on it on sunny days.
thanks though.

elvergon
09-14-2006, 10:42 PM
Wait for getting a better machine. You will practice with that one, but soon you´ll want a bigger/better one.

If you´re low on budget try best an Stick machine, those are cheaper and you can do more work with it since the amperage will be higher.

Or go to the classes and wait till you finish them to buy a welder ;)

Ryan B
09-15-2006, 03:50 PM
so i bought a welder today the 85 model laid my first welds down after u was done i smacked it onto a wall and it held up fine =) so glad i got one still learing though