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    New to the forum and new to welding.

    Hello all!
    I'm very happy to have found this great forum. I've been wrenching and building things for more than a few decades. I've got a tiny bit of experience stick welding and even less with gas. After doing a good amount of research and speaking with the owner of the company, I've recently purchased a Primeweld mig 180. I've been able to stick a few scraps together, mostly just guessing on what settings to use. I'm hoping that someone can direct me to a resource where I can learn more about techniques to use and how to setup my welder for different thicknesses of metal, just steel for now. The Primeweld machine came with a spool gun, but I need to accumulate a bit more money so that I can buy another gas cylinder and get going with aluminum.
    I'm really looking forward to reading and learning a lot here!
    Thanks in advance. Rich

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Mig is unique in that you can tell a lot about your settings by the Sound it's making while you're welding.

    The other thing about Mig that you have to watchout for is that, to the untrained eye, you can be making welds that "look" good but are actually $hit. So when learning I encourage you try to break every test weld you make

    There is no better source for learning than WeldingTipsandTricks;

    https://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com...ng-videos.html

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Quote Originally Posted by BaTu View Post
    There is no better source for learning than WeldingTipsandTricks;

    https://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com...ng-videos.html
    Agree 100% with what BaTu said. Jody is an exceptional source of information and a master at being able to convey his knowledge to those watching his videos.

    Another great learning resource are any of the videos by Bob Moffatt on the Weld.com YouTube channel. Some of the other hosts on Weld.com may be as knowledgeable, but Bob has a much better ability to convey that knowledge to the student/viewer.

    Welcome to the addiction of welding. I don't have a Primeweld Mig, so I can't give you 'good starting point settings' for various thickness materials; check the inside cover of your welder or the included manual. It may have the info listed.

    Good luck!
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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Look at the inside of the the access door. It might have settings there for different wires.
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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Welcome

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    Look at the inside of the the access door. It might have settings there for different wires.
    So True!!!!!!

    Gotta say I will take credit for shaming Harbor Freight into putting door charts on the Vulcan and Titanium line. They told me it was expensive to calibrate machines to a door chart, and I told them a professional would shy away from such inferior products. Worked on them for a few months to get the Vulcan MigMax door chart settings.
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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Welcome! Any charts will be a good starting point, as you gain experience you will learn by the sound when you're "there", the appearance of your welds will also "show" you.
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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Quote Originally Posted by CAVEMANN View Post
    Welcome! Any charts will be a good starting point, as you gain experience you will learn by the sound when you're "there", the appearance of your welds will also "show" you.
    Sounds like bacon?

    Love your sig line!

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    I didn't mention it earlier, but out here in bfe I've got some seriously sub optimal internet service. Videos can be a challenge to watch. Does anyone have any alternative suggestions for a non video learning source?

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    I can't think of an alternative to all the insite you'll have in watching a well made video instruction...

    Go to his site (https://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/welding-dvd.html) and purchase his DVD, whatever it costs will worth the speed at which you'd be learning

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Quote Originally Posted by BaTu View Post
    I can't think of an alternative to all the insite you'll have in watching a well made video instruction...

    Go to his site (https://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/welding-dvd.html) and purchase his DVD, whatever it costs will worth the speed at which you'd be learning
    Agreed! That's plan B. In the meantime, I'll see if I can find a coffee shop or some other venue with fast internet.

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Great! I would stream the Mig Basics, the How-To for starting out, as it doesn't look like those are on his DVDs....

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Quote Originally Posted by BaTu View Post
    Great! I would stream the Mig Basics, the How-To for starting out, as it doesn't look like those are on his DVDs....
    Many thanks for your guidance!

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Good news! I found a place close by with good coffee, comfortable chairs and fast, free internet. I've watched the beginning MIG 1-5 so far. Really good information. I'll go back and watch them again after some practice before watching the more advanced lessons. Thanks again!

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    So ya know....

    There are programs you can use to Record YouTube vids.

    Keep 'em for reference

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Quote Originally Posted by BaTu View Post
    So ya know....

    There are programs you can use to Record YouTube vids.

    Keep 'em for reference
    Thanks
    Any suggestions? Preferably a android app?

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    I'm not sure about Android, I do this all the time on my PC though.

    Google Search -> YouTube to MP4 Android

    There's lots of good info there...

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Quote Originally Posted by BaTu View Post
    So ya know....

    There are programs you can use to Record YouTube vids.

    Keep 'em for reference
    Will do, thank you!

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    Re: New to the forum and new to welding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saburai View Post
    direct me to a resource where I can learn...how to setup my welder for different thicknesses of metal...
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    The recommended settings chart is located on the inside of the side cover where the spool of wire and wire feeder are located.
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