I've had two 110volt MIGs, which do fine for my use, which is probably
similar to yours. TIG is much better if you are real serious (roll cages,
formula car chassis) but they are much more expensive.
I got my most recent MIG from Sears for $250 - on sale, and post-haggling.
The gas bottle is an extra $100 from the local welding supply (be sure it
has a long time before the date code expires). It does everything I've
needed so far, from welding exhaust to building brackets and adapters from
sheet steel. Takes up little room, and I'd probably keep it even if I buy a
FWIW, this one's a 90-amp. It welds as good or better than the 110-amp
Century I had before it.
J-CON Coordinator, WM Automotive Whse Fort Worth TX
Texas Region SCCA FC #19 SRX7 #39
"There is pleasure sure in being mad which none but madmen know." John
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To: oletrucks <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Virtual Vairs
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2000 3:28 PM
> On to my next new adventure. I am going to have a go at learning how to
> weld. I plan on doing most of this learning on a trial and error basis
> I intend to read a lot and maybe view videos as a learning
> tool. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a local school that
> teaches this other than as a full blown class of which I don't want to go
> nine months every day to school. Although it probably wouldn't hurt me.
> My intent is to use this primarily (at least in the beginning) for truck
> and car panel repair, patching, etc. I do have a couple of old donor cars
> that are ready for the scrap heap and I thought I would practice on them
> Now for the question. What type of welding should I start with - mig,
> arc, ???.
> After that is determined, I will work on equipment.
> Thanks again for all your help.
> Jim V.