View Full Version : My first welder

02-07-2008, 01:07 PM
Pagan Wizard
Posted - 10/31/2007 : 02:53:55
I just bought this MIG welder
http://www.amazon.com/Speedway-125-Amp-Flux-Welder/dp/B000JUJJKI/ref=pd_bbs_sr_6/104-2033740-9051146?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1193014249&sr=8-6 (http://www.amazon.com/Speedway-125-Amp-Flux-Welder/dp/B000JUJJKI/ref=pd_bbs_sr_6/104-2033740-9051146?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1193014249&sr=8-6)
It runs on 110 household electricity and does not use gas. Was this a good "first" welder, or did I throw away my $$$ ???

Posted - 10/31/2007 : 08:55:25
Pagan, I'm certainly not one to give any advice when it comes to welders, as I just got MY first one a couple of weeks ago, but I chose one that uses gas, cuz everyone says they do a better job. As a novice welder, I figured I'd need every advantage I could get.
However, there are plenty of EXPERIENCED welders out there who can weld just as good with a gasless rig! As Papa & others have told me in another forum here, it's more about the skill of the user, than the equipment. Like they keep telling me... it's all in the PRACTICE!
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Posted - 10/31/2007 : 09:13:45
let me know how that works. i've been thinking of grabbing one of those, or the cheapo at harbor freight.

Posted - 10/31/2007 : 10:09:08
I have the same type of welder, but mine is only 90 amps. (2 settings, Min. and Max.; Min. is 63 amps)
I have no problems with penetration or welds cracking. (Except for some thin chromoly)
I use my stick welder for the thin stuff, because I can adjust the amperage low enough to avoid burning through the material.
If I could weld indoors, I'd get a Mig that uses gas, because the welds are cleaner, and easier to remove slag and spatter. however, when I used the gas outside, the slightest wind blew the gas away from the work, and the welds were inferior, with little penetration.
I would say that the welder you bought will serve you well until it conks out, or your skills improve to the point that you feel you need a better machine