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Old 12-03-2017, 01:42 PM   #1
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Type of Welder

Have been viewing a number of mods on the forum and realize that I could do many of them if I had a welder. One example would be to weld a grate underneath my steps to create a shoe rack. Any suggestions on the type of welder? It would be for small jobs and repairs. Anything that had to do with "safety" would always be done by a professional. Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:05 PM   #2
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Minimum would be 120v mig welder with flux core wire. That'll weld up to about 1/4" thick material. Get one that you can add a gas kit to in the future if you find you use it more. Gas is cleaner welds than flux core. I have a Lincoln 180 (240v w/gas). I use it a lot. Over the 12 yrs I've had I've gone thru 2-3 Q tanks per yr and maybe 3-4 rolls of wire. I find it indispensable but then my son and I do a lot of fab work on projects. Next purchase will be a reasonable priced TIG welder for doing aluminum.
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Many of us just put a piece of Wood or plastic in there with a slot to hold it in place. I can post a pic if anyone wants a look.

Make sure the steps will close before welding it in place!
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Hobart MVP 210

I use a Hobart MVP 210 which may be overkill for your needs. Prior to this welder I had a small Lincoln I bought at Home Depot or Lowes that worked fine on steel up to 1/4 inch in thickness. Once you get used to having a welder and being able to do your own metal fabrication it can become habit forming. I find metal work more enjoyable than wood work.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:39 PM   #5
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Many of us just put a piece of Wood or plastic in there with a slot to hold it in place. I can post a pic if anyone wants a look.

Make sure the steps will close before welding it in place!
I'd like to see it please

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Old 12-03-2017, 04:54 PM   #6
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Thank you, that is just the type of knowledge I was looking for!
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:57 PM   #7
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Thanks and great advice. When I measured it I noticed that when my front step closes it will force me to put the grate down about an inch below the supports.
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Thanks, and I suspect your are correct about wanting to "grow." I do a lot of my own work, remodeling etc. but now have the time to learn something new.
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Once you have a welder everything starts to look like two pieces of steel that need to be joined together. LOL

I fab'd a set of stabilizers for the fiver front legs. Cots me about 75$ in material and they're better than the ones I could have bought for a few hundred.
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I have a Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG Welder 115V. A little under $500 from Amazon and has everything to weld with gas but the tank. I use the flux core. My welds might not look great put its fun to learn.
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