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Help me pick a welder

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by chvyhs, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. chvyhs

    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    Duty cycle is the usable part of a 10 minute period. Example 50% duty cycle is 5 minutes. 70% is 7 minutes.

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    Even the largest stick welders rarely have more than a 60% duty cycle. By the time you hook up a second or third electrode and start welding again the machine has 'rested' enough. Most rods take roughly 1 minute to burn...count on 30 seconds to change rods and get ready to go again and you'd be lucky to be welding 40% of the time.

    Nothing wrong with a stick welder and a 20% duty cycle is plenty for home use...just don't plan on doing thin body work with it, or exhaust. For anything else it's a good machine though!

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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Out of the ones you listed, I'd go with the AC/DC one on the far right. The other 2 are AC only. With the AC/DC, Ya get a few more choices in the rod's you can run. Just a more versitle machine. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Lincoln SP-125 Plus, there I tried to talk you out of the stick. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    i've got the ac/dc one and i love it. here's some pics of welds with it. both were done with AC.
    6011 1/8
    7018 1/8"
     
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    How thick can you weld with these stick welders?
     
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    pretty darn thick. with the right rod and the 225AC you could prob do over 1". i mostly work with 1/4 to 3/8s. i use 1/8" rod for most of my work.
     
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    the baseline measurement is 1 AMP for each .001 inch. Using a 1/8" rod? Start with 125A and adjust to suit. 1/8" run anywhere from 85-140 AMP in production.

    A 225A welder should be able to burn up to 7/32 rod if there is such a thing
     
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    REAL men weld with a stick /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Another vote for a DC (or AC/DC) SMAW, even though TXblue seems to do pretty good on just AC
     
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    smart men TIG /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Yeah, TIG is great if you charge by the hour! But if your reproducing parts on a regular basis which require a lot of welding, a TIG will slow you down big time. Unless of course your making import parts, then you can charge $500 for a small bracket. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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