Have a look at this welder http://www.tradetools.com/products/NB160X this same machine is available painted several different colours and with several different brands on it......On "respected brand" IS the same unit but is 50% dearer than the supplier linked.mickkk wrote:I got a welding question which I will tack on here (get it)
I am also wanting to learn to weld, but my question is more about welders.
What welder would you get if you were just starting out.
I have a few requirements tho,
Ideally something to weld alloy too
Some what portable
Be able to weld gas-less (may help the portability)
Money is not real issue, I would happily pay $10k for a welder that would make me a pro welder, just point and shoot But they still have not made one yet haha. And I also dont want to buy something that I will be wanting to upgrade in a few years. In saying that I still want value for money, and it will not be seeing a huge work load.
I have one and a couple of mates with them.......they are a great little thing......still reasonably priced but a big step up from the $300 cheapies...they give you MIG, TIG and STICK.
As far as ideas of welding both steel and alloy.
The idea is attractive but the realities are a bit more expensive and harder.
The machine I linked above will do both as many others will, but ya talking about different gasses and having to change liners and stuff for the different metals.
AND welding steel with a good machine is an absolute doddle...anybody with moderate natural trade ability and an ability to learn should pick up steel welding pretty fast......good aluminium welding takes some significant skill and some technical knoweledge..and lots of practice.
AND you need a hell of a lot more current to weld aluminium than steel......so welding heavy aluminium becomes a much more expensive concern involving a heavy power supply requirement.
As has been said...gasless may seem attractive.......but it aint cheap if you are doing any sort of volume and ya not getting the big advantage of MIG ..and that is a clean slag free job and the ability to immediately weld back over.