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electric or gas welder?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Boss, May 8, 2000.

  1. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Which do yall prefer and why? Thanks.
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  2. walrus101

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    it depends on what you are used to using. i have always used an electric wire welder. i have used the others but i use the wire more; so i am more comfortable with it. it also depends on how heavy metal you will be using it on. for backyard welding i would go electric (but not 110v go with 220v). but like i said i am biased.

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  3. Michael

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  4. White Knight

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    Why not both?, Have ayc/oxy plus a stick welder 220volt, and I use both quite often. A Mig or Tig are great and I will soon have a MIG but for all around versatility I prefer the stick, but like the previous poster I'm biased to the stick....

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  5. Corey-88K5

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    I my self am looking at getting a torch set & a MIg welder. Here are the prices locally:

    Miller Matic 185: $1100
    Torch Set: $180 - $220
    Tanks:
    (rent) $68 a year, no worry about hydro's or Vis inspections,
    (buy) aprox: $120 & $115(200 cu' Oxy & 120 cu' Ace)
    Refill: $20 either way.

    That is the prices in my neck of the woods. TSC sells a hobart handler for $800 for a 175. I like the larger welders because you are not limited by the size metal.

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  6. coopertwpk

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    lincoln mig
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  7. Todd78/87

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    This is the one I just bought. http://www.salesco.com/migs/83160.htm
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    Just get one big enough to do ANY job you think you might encounter.
    Migs are just plain easier to weld with unless you are a long time welder of stick.
    This unit will weld steel, aluminum, and stainless,,, I can use either flux core wire, or gas shielded, the gun is hot
    ONLY when you pull the trigger. I like that feature. [​IMG]
    The main consideration for a welder is what are YOU going to use it for?
    http://www.salesco.com/migs/weld.htm This page explains a bit on what each type is and will help narrow down your search.




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  8. Blazer79

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    Since we\'re on the welder subject...

    When I had my dual exhaust installed, the guy who installed it only had gas. He mentioned that it would have been better if he had used electric to weld the new hangers to the chasiss.

    Is this true? Does this mean that electric should be used in some cases and gas in others?

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    What the heck!...Drive it like gas is $0.50/gal!!!
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  9. Todd78/87

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    Re: Since we\'re on the welder subject...

    Gas welding is generally used on small, thin metals. Mig and Stick are can be used on much thicker metals.

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  10. jcg

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    I prefer TIG because it can weld any metal with very little changes to the setup. I weld for an off-road racing team and since TIG is the only way to weld thin wall chrome moly tube, I've got the most time on this setup. I've used MIG quite a bit too and I'll agree that it's much easier than TIG but I hate changing the setup between steel and aluminum (which I do a lot). For thick materials (over 1/8" ) I use TIG or stick, depends on my patience level at the time :)
    For someone that only wants to do backyard projects I would say MIG would be the way to go because once it's setup it's very easy.

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  11. Brady

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    I just bought a mig/wire feed welder from sears(cheap and easy)I haven't welded in a few years and after two or three attempts i have some decent welds going.I built a tire rack the second time I used it!!!I use a sawzall for cutting and a grinder.works alright for now.
     

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