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Giggity 11-03-2012 02:56 PM

Northern Industrial ST80i welder
 
Anyone have any feedback on this? I'm a beginner just looking to do small projects and learn on a limited budget. The welder with the TIG kit and shipping is $230
:ear
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...2862_200512862

9Dave 11-04-2012 03:28 PM

What is it that you want to weld?

You pretty much get what you pay for, even with small welders.

Giggity 11-04-2012 08:23 PM

Nothing in particular. More to just learn on and mess around with.

Schlug 11-05-2012 03:50 AM

It's a junkie, disposable welder.

If your're planning on tinkering around on a junkie, disposable level, buy it, get something decent when your ready to glue two pieces of metal together that you're going to count on.

Were it me, I'd be looking for a used quality welder.

tommymerle 11-08-2012 02:53 PM

Get a good quality used welder. You will only be frustrated with trying to learn on a piece of junk. Craigslist, e-bay and pawn shops are a good place to start. Look for a beginning welding class at a community school first.

These are my opinions, if you don't like them I have others.

Giggity 11-08-2012 07:22 PM

I actually like those opinions.:1drink Just this morning I found a Lincoln tombstone AC/DC on c-list for a screamin' deal. It's now in my garage.

_cy_ 11-08-2012 07:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Giggity (Post 20003291)
I actually like those opinions.:1drink Just this morning I found a Lincoln tombstone AC/DC on c-list for a screamin' deal. It's now in my garage.

a Lincoln Idealarc 250amp AC/DC Tombstone is one of the finest welders ever made. butter smooth arc that compares nicely to SA200 pipeliners. arc is plenty stable enough for TIG.

add a high freg box to TIG aluminum

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...s/DSC00454.jpg

Giggity 11-08-2012 07:44 PM

cy - Holy shit! Is that the one Noah used to build the ark? It's awesome!

Please tell me more about how to set up to TIG aluminum.....

_cy_ 11-08-2012 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Giggity (Post 20003439)
cy - Holy shit! Is that the one Noah used to build the ark? It's awesome!

Please tell me more about how to set up to TIG aluminum.....

one needs AC and high frequency for TIG on aluminum.

machine you initially posted about is a 110v DC welder rated at 90 amp at probably a 10% duty cycle. most 110v welders have low duty cycles at under 100amps. there are a few exceptions, but not many. most of those start at $1,000.

learning to weld ... best to stick to a basic DC stick welder and MIG.
MIG is the easiest to weld with, but there's a danger of getting cold welds. meaning a pretty bead on top with little to no penetration.

better to stick with MIG that comes with shielding gas. much cleaner results. core flux wire can also be used with good results.

much better to purchase an older used welder made by Lincoln or Miller. 220v single phase is what you need.

if you find an old tombstone 250amp AC/DC welder like above ... jump on it... they sell typically for about $650. but they do pop up for less.

_cy_ 11-08-2012 11:20 PM

what is it? pic's didn't show

Giggity 11-08-2012 11:21 PM

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-r...n%2520acdc.jpg

Giggity 11-08-2012 11:22 PM

Sorry - was having difficulty posting pic. To much :freaky

For those who didn't see the deleted post, I paid $150.

_cy_ 11-08-2012 11:30 PM

that's an excellent machine! not a tombstone but still a good AC/DC welder with decent duty cycle.

$150 is an excellent buy. you would have no trouble selling that for about $300 should you change your mind.

chase down some rods ... note rods need to be kept dry after opening. professional welders will keep their rods in small ovens made specifically for welding rods.

here's a good website to learn great welding info
http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/

Giggity 11-08-2012 11:34 PM

I always thought those were called tombstones. Shows I don't know much :eek1

How big are these ovens? I've seen the tube containers in which to store rods. Are they acceptable?

Giggity 11-08-2012 11:36 PM

.....oh yeah.... I get the email videos from tips and tricks whenever they come out. Jody is a cool guy!


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