I'm thinking about getting a 220v welder when I have the money so I can weld thicker stock. I'd like to be able to do 3/16" mild steel in a single pass. I was thinking stick welder, but now I'm not sure.
According to Lincoln's guide: http://www.lincolnelectric.com/asset...eld2/c2410.pdf
It looks like I would need 200+ amps to weld 3/16 in a single pass. That seems awfully high to me, but maybe it's right?
Let's say that I wanted to buy a machine that I could make skid plates, maybe a small utility trailer, bumper for my truck with...what would I need to get the job done? I had it in my head that I could do 3/16 stock no problem with basic 1/8" 6010/11 and 7014 rods running on any old 220v stick welder, most of which are capable of 200+ amps AC or ~150 amps DC.