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Old 12-17-2011, 01:13 AM
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polarred21
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I was once a certified welder and used a lot of different types of mig and stick machines. Some of the technology has left me behind but the concept is the same. A lot of good advice above. Wire welding seems cool and easy to a lot of beginners. It takes an experienced eye to know if you are penetrating or just laying a pretty surface weld. Some believe that mig is not as strong as stick for this same reason but that is not true.

I own one of the first 110v mig machines (20years old) and it will weld clean sheet metal and that is it. Pretty decent for muffler work. If I were looking for one for home use, I might consider one of the Lincoln's from Lowes and one of the larger ones that require 240v supply.

A small stick welder one that is AC/DC would be the most versatile for welding thicker metals. Start out with 6010, 6011 and 6013 rods, 3/32 and 1/8" for general use and easy to strike an arc. 7018 is the industry standard low hydrogen rod.