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    Hello from CT USA

    I have worked in metal since the 1960s, but avoided electric welding until now. I am signing up for a short welding course for MIG and expect to start looking for a good quality machine. The brands I know from my friends' shops are Miller, Lincoln and Hobart. If anyone has other suggestions, I am all ears. I expect to do light fabrication in 1018 steel, probably less than 1/4 in thick. I will have 220-240/1/60 available and will be using this outside my garage for now.
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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Welcome. Where in CT?

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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Greetings Radio, I’ve lived in southern Ct my whole life.
    Middlesex and New London counties.
    I’ve never had any trouble with my Miller equipment,
    but my stuff is older( and simpler).They tell me the inverter
    stuff is better.
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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Welcome to ww, where in CT are you. I'm in Middlesex county

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    Welcome to the group

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    Quote Originally Posted by radiored View Post
    I have worked in metal since the 1960s, but avoided electric welding until now. I am signing up for a short welding course for MIG and expect to start looking for a good quality machine. The brands I know from my friends' shops are Miller, Lincoln and Hobart. If anyone has other suggestions, I am all ears. I expect to do light fabrication in 1018 steel, probably less than 1/4 in thick. I will have 220-240/1/60 available and will be using this outside my garage for now.
    Steve

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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Hey Phil, weren't you converting an old ambulance into a welding truck a couple of years ago, or do I have my wires crossed?
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    Welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    Hey Phil, weren't you converting an old ambulance into a welding truck a couple of years ago, or do I have my wires crossed?
    That was me, yes

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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    1018 sounds like machine shop work?
    Most steel here is A36 witch is more fun to machine.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by radiored View Post
    I have worked in metal since the 1960s, but avoided electric welding until now. I am signing up for a short welding course for MIG and expect to start looking for a good quality machine. The brands I know from my friends' shops are Miller, Lincoln and Hobart. If anyone has other suggestions, I am all ears. I expect to do light fabrication in 1018 steel, probably less than 1/4 in thick. I will have 220-240/1/60 available and will be using this outside my garage for now.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalMan23 View Post
    That was me, yes

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    How did that project turn out? I don't see the ambulance in the photo gallery on your website at all.
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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    To the OP I am in Thomaston CT, sorry for temporarily hijacking your thread.
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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    Welcome. Where in CT?
    Hi, I am in North Haven.

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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Hi,
    I live in North Haven, and except for a brief stint in NYC and traveling for work, I have also lived here all my life.
    I am looking at Miller, maybe the 141 or next larger machine, which are inverter style, I think.
    BTW, I am older stuff, usually pretty simple, too!
    Thanks for your input

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    Hi MetalMan23,
    I am in North Haven, not so far away.
    Your work is beautiful, especially the fencing with the filigree in the vertical elements. I also like the fencing with the horizontal bars, very simple and clean look.
    Thanks, Phil

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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Thanks for the warm welcome, Dave.
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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Thanks, Cavemann.
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    Hi smithdoor,
    I am learning here, of course, so your input is valuable. 1018 was suggested by someone for the cold-rolled rectangular tube I am considering for a few projects, but A36 is definitely on the docket, as well, less costly, too. Is the A36 easy to finish?
    Thanks,
    Steve

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    No worries. I am in North Haven. Any suggestions on metal suppliers in central CT? When I drove a truck I used to deliver to a light metal supplier near you, but don't recall if they sold steel.
    Steve

    P.S. Is the fish in your photo a striper from LI Sound? One of the monsters from Pulaski in NY?

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    Quote Originally Posted by radiored View Post
    Hi MetalMan23,
    I am in North Haven, not so far away.
    Your work is beautiful, especially the fencing with the filigree in the vertical elements. I also like the fencing with the horizontal bars, very simple and clean look.
    Thanks, Phil
    Thanks!

    I use Chapin and Bangs in Bridgeport, best prices in CT that I know of

    Online metals for small quantity stuff, you can pick up in their Wallingford warehouse

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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Welcome to the forum from East Haven from another metalman. My son lives in North Haven. There are more than a few members on here from CT.
    Louie, one of my sisters lives in Thomaston.
    Ernie F.

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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    A36 is black iron.
    Most just put paint over the A36.
    It is more fun to machine than cold roll steel but the cost.

    In my line of work I used a 1144 and 12L14 plus tons of A36.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by radiored View Post
    Hi smithdoor,
    I am learning here, of course, so your input is valuable. 1018 was suggested by someone for the cold-rolled rectangular tube I am considering for a few projects, but A36 is definitely on the docket, as well, less costly, too. Is the A36 easy to finish?
    Thanks,
    Steve

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    Re: Hello from CT USA

    Quote Originally Posted by radiored View Post
    No worries. I am in North Haven. Any suggestions on metal suppliers in central CT? When I drove a truck I used to deliver to a light metal supplier near you, but don't recall if they sold steel.
    Steve

    P.S. Is the fish in your photo a striper from LI Sound? One of the monsters from Pulaski in NY?

    I tend to get all my steel from Magna Steel in Beacon Falls or Logan Steel in Meriden. There's a place in Bozrah I have been meaning to try, Midcity Steel. They will deliver, for next to nothing, or even for free if the order is large enough. https://midcitysteel.com/

    The fish is indeed a LI sound striper caught in the Race just off Fisher's Island, not too far from New London.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalman21 View Post
    Welcome to the forum from East Haven from another metalman. My son lives in North Haven. There are more than a few members on here from CT.
    Louie, one of my sisters lives in Thomaston.

    No kidding Ernie? Chances are I know her or at least know of her. Its kind of a small town.
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    Welcome aboard! May you have fair winds and smooth sailing!
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    Thanks, Phil. I will look into them.

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