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 Post subject: New Welder advice
PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 10:45 pm 
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Hi guys,

Bought a 91 mini city which needs some welding. New door skins to start but there'll probably be more to do I'm sure...

Anyway, I've been looking around at mig welders and was advised that I should look for something that'll do 0.6mm wire which is biggest gauge to be used for bodywork. Also advised that it is good idea to have a euro torch so that it can be replaced as they can get damaged so you'd be stuck with a hard wired one.

I was told a gas mig is also the way to go although u can get results with gasless. This is my first time at mig so want gas to give myself the best chance. I've done a bit of stick welding so hoping I'll manage with mig and I'm told mig is much easier which will hopefully help....!

Anyway, I was looking at the following which seems a reasonable deal as it has those features and a bottle of gas. I know its only 9litre but its a start! Also capable of taking 5kg and 15kg spools too.

http://www.wholesaleweldingsupplies.ie/ ... ct_id=4652

I know swp it seems isn't the best of brands but seems OK? I also don't have 1000+ to spend on a mig!

Any comments/recommendations appreciated.

I've looked online and this seems the best deal. Anybody know any other bricks and morter places I should try that might be a good deal or even better?

Thanks,
Mike


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 Post subject: Re: New Welder advice
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 12:21 am 
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I have just bought this one:

http://www.clarkedistributors.ie/index. ... ct_id=2431

I had looked at the one you are thinking about but couldn't find any reviews.
I haven't had a chance to use it yet though.
It doesn't come with the 9L bottle of gas


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 Post subject: Re: New Welder advice
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:23 am 
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Thanks for the reply Dave. I'll keep this I one in mind thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: New Welder advice
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 10:00 pm 
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I have a 180 Turbo for years now and find it very good. The Turbo just means it has an extra fan for cooling so you can weld for longer periods. The deal on the 170 is actually better because it includes the first bottle of gas. I use to use larger bottles but the rental went too high so now I use the 9 litre .

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 Post subject: Re: New Welder advice
PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 11:15 pm 
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woody wrote:
I have a 180 Turbo for years now and find it very good. The Turbo just means it has an extra fan for cooling so you can weld for longer periods. The deal on the 170 is actually better because it includes the first bottle of gas. I use to use larger bottles but the rental went too high so now I use the 9 litre .


Thanks woody. Good to see somebody else got on well with a SWP so think I'm going to go for it even if yours is the bigger brother. I'm sure they're similar quality I suppose!


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 Post subject: Re: New Welder advice
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 10:25 am 
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Mine isn't SWP but it does look very simular ( over 20 years old) . Theres very little in them to go wrong , the only real technical bit is the wire feed.

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 Post subject: Re: New Welder advice
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:24 pm 
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woody wrote:
Mine isn't SWP but it does look very simular ( over 20 years old) . Theres very little in them to go wrong , the only real technical bit is the wire feed.

OK cool thanks woody. A guy I know who was a professional welder was saying some more sophisticated ones have digital boards which can go but I think he was dealing with huge yokes, 3 phase etc. I won't be using mine a lot anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: New Welder advice
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:01 pm 
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Hi all,

I bought this in he end. Did my door frame repairs and welded on new skins in relevant places. Also welded in small patch panels here and there. Happy enough tbh. Can dial it down low enough so I'm not burning holes in general. Thanks again for help


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