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    MIG welders

    Looking for some advice on portable MIG welders.

    Looking for a small MIG welder to do mods and minor repairs, nothing structural, what are you lot using or would recommend?
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    I would not know where to start myself if I needed a new one as there is a huge choice now, I bought mine 25 years ago, made in Germany, and it was daft money then, most budget machines are Chinese now.
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    A country wide company called Machine Mart stock a comprehensive range of MIG welders. I owned one for eight years and used it for many applications.
    Buy wire in large spools rather than the small one supplied and source a CO2 bottle with decent gauges.

    Just looked at their site and they have a vast array, much more choice than when I bought mine way back in 1989 when I was building trailers.
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    I was in there last week (Nottingham is the main depot) buying a jump starter pack and their choice of Mig's is bewildering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    I was in there last week (Nottingham is the main depot) buying a jump starter pack and their choice of Mig's is bewildering.
    When I was alive and busy I was banned from Machine Mart in Leeds, Newcastle and Bolton by my wife who felt that money could be better spent in M&S clothing department.
    However when I frequently hauled steel into Ebbw Vale I was able to locate a Machine Mart in Cardiff but parking 44 tonne could be difficult.
    The depots are simply wonderlands and furthermore nothing I ever bought there (a frightening £amount) ever let me down.
    I miss that life but I can recommend that company to anyone.
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    Can you weld? Do you have experience of welding? Or are you a newcomer to using a welder?
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    Sorry, I became side tracked with life
    In the last 20 years I have only had 2 x welders, the first one died after roughly 10 years of hard use and its replacement is still going.
    Before I go into details about the welders lets cover the usage, they get a hard life for a home hobby point of view but no where near as much as inustrial every day use. I will often be messing around welding vehicle panels, fabricating stuff for fun, making trailers etc.
    One modification I make to my welders as soon as I get them is add 2 big 240V fans to the side casing which are wired in to the on switch so as soon as you turn the welder on the fans power up, the most common cause of the cheaper welders failing is overheating and the factory fitted fans can be a bit crap. The other advantage of adding big cooling fans to the side casing is you can weld pretty much continiously without hitting the thermal cut out threshold, ie no sitting around for 10 minutes waiting for the welder to cool down when making a 6ft by 8ft trailer and you are in a hurry
    So with shock and horror my first welder was a cheap 150 amp SIP, over the 10 years it needed the wire feed motor replacing once.
    Again with much dramatic eye opening my second welder is a Clarke 150 amp, no replacement parts needed yet.
    For light repairs I find the gasless mig to be ok, ie body panels etc, for heavier stuff I would opt for a mig with gas set up.
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