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Old 12-16-2011, 10:14 AM
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BACKTOTHESEA
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I have a smaller lincoln from either HD or lowes. I use the flux wire but can use gas. Works fine for up to 1/4". I also used it on some thick steel on my backhoe and it worked well. I did grind a nice trough first then made several passes. This is at a high stress pin point and it has held up.

It looks easy and is, but you gan also easily end up with a good looking weld that is just sitting on the surface. Unlike stick welding, I have found that you really need to take your time to get good penetration.

I am what I would consider an experienced homeowner welder. Not an expert.