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Old 11-03-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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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

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...2862_200512862
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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What is it that you want to weld?

You pretty much get what you pay for, even with small welders.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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Nothing in particular. More to just learn on and mess around with.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:50 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:53 PM   #5
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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.

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Old 11-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #6
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I actually like those opinions. Just this morning I found a Lincoln tombstone AC/DC on c-list for a screamin' deal. It's now in my garage.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:34 PM   #7
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I actually like those opinions. 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

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Old 11-08-2012, 06:44 PM   #8
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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.....
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:08 PM   #9
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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.

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