> 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.
> Now for the question. What type of welding should I start with - mig,
> arc, ???.
My 2 cents worth:
I owned welding equipment for 30 years . . . all I ever achieved on my own
I gave up and went to school and worked a deal with the instructor: No
grade, no certificate, no job placement . . . I just wanted skilled,
disciplined instruction and I attended when I could over 9 months. I used
more materials than the tuition cost, I bought projects from home, etc. I
learned 20 times what I'd ever known before by "error".
First equipment? A good oxy-acetylene rig . . it's basic to all welding and
you'll always need it for cutting and heating. After you get good you add a
GOOD MIG (not a 110 volt short-circuit unit from Sears) or better, a TIG
setup which will weld ANYTHING! You may be amazed at what you can do
with gas; I use my arc and MIG equipment for speed but guess what? I use
the slow gas rig when something has to be PERFECT!
Your experience may vary . . .but this is what I'd recommend to my best