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Gonna teach myself how to MIG #6617852
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Got my Harbor freight flux core welder... waiting on a helmet from Amazon.
Going to weld up some 110 stabilizers this week.

Did a bit of arc.welding 20 years ago but never tried MIG.

We'll see how this goes LOL


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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617857
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GMAW is cleaner, looks nicer, and is easier than FCAW. Use gas.



Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617863
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Youíll be a pro in one day. MIG welding is so easy.


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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617865
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This welder can't use shielding gas, but for $89 I figured it was a good starter machine for trapping stuff.
I've had it for about 5 years and not been able to fire it up (long story)

My dad lives most of the year in South Carolina so I had him pick it up for me as an Xmas present lol.


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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617871
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I am interested to see how things turn out for you. I have never use flux core, but mig with gas is really nice. I don't own a welder now but those flux core prices have me thinking about getting one for small stuff like mower decks and such.

Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617873
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There is a super coupon right now too could likely get a machine under $80 if you wanted


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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617881
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A high school kid welder a hitch carrier for a guy's atv. Other than a little extra splatter the welds looked decent and the none of them have broken yet. He uses the carrier all the time for stuff like fire wood and hauling deer.

Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617882
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I'm thinking rebar t-stakes, stabilizers, setters, base plates, swivels and maybe some custom hardware


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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617895
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I almost bought the same one a few years ago!!! Bought a Lincoln because I was nervous about the quality... I met a guy who was an old pipeline welder who had one like you got sitting in his garage.. he had a few other fancier welders but told me he loved that lil welder and had it for a few years. You will be a pro in no time! Itís amazing how many projects your gunna find and problems you will solve.

Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617896
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The welds they make are OK but there is tons of spatter.

Flux core and MIG are not the same thing.

Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617899
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I'd take that disposable welder back and save up for a better one that will make better welds and be a lot easier to learn on. You'll be able to buy parts for it too.

https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/834286-lincoln-electric-handy-mig-welder.html

Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: CoonsBane] #6617909
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Originally Posted by CoonsBane
The welds they make are OK but there is tons of spatter.

Flux core and MIG are not the same thing.


I'll expand for the O.P. MIG just means metal inert gas. The process is GMAW (gas metal are welding) and flux core is FCAW. Fcaw can be self shielded or dual shielded.



Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617912
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Iím a Lincoln guy but as far as mig welding it is pretty easy once you learn how to set it, using non shielded gas will make it look white,splatter will be worse, you can use a anti splatter product LPS makes one, if I were you definitely clean the welds in between passes until you get some practice and get used to welding.

Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617919
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Thanks for the tips guys


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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6617928
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I have a quality arc welder and have used it for trap modification, repairs and even built my own falling plate rack for a fraction of what it would have cost to buy one

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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6618004
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Spatter with flux core is minimal, to the point of barely noticable, once you learn to get it set properly. Just takes a little practice. Flux core will penatrate better than shielded, but the difference will be minimal with such a small welder.

Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6618107
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It's fun but don't be welding trailer hitches just yet!


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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6618120
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I was looking to buy a Hobart Handler 140 for myself as a retirement gift 7 years ago but I kept putting it off. A couple years ago, I was visiting a friend of mine and he had 3 or 4 mig welders sitting around in his shop but he was using a stick welder. I offered to buy one from him but he refused to sell me one. Instead he gave me one, yep, a Hobart Handler 140 mig. I've used it quite a bit and there is a learning curve if you've never welded with flux core but with a little practice, it's not that hard. I might add that I've done tons of welding with gas shielded migs so I had some idea of what I was doing.


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Originally Posted by WVCritter
I was looking to buy a Hobart Handler 140 for myself as a retirement gift 7 years ago but I kept putting it off. A couple years ago, I was visiting a friend of mine and he had 3 or 4 mig welders sitting around in his shop but he was using a stick welder. I offered to buy one from him but he refused to sell me one. Instead he gave me one, yep, a Hobart Handler 140 mig. I've used it quite a bit and there is a learning curve if you've never welded with flux core but with a little practice, it's not that hard. I might add that I've done tons of welding with gas shielded migs so I had some idea of what I was doing.


That is the welder I usually recommend to welders just starting out. I tell them to get the gas for it too. Its cheaper in the long run over the more expensive flux core wire and much more enjoyable to weld with. Prettier welds with much less clean up.

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Re: Gonna teach myself how to MIG [Re: slydogx] #6618339
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Just get used to the machine feeding the wire,instead of you pushing the stick,and youl be just fine.


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