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    Out of interest , why is electric welders favoured over gas ?

    Surely cheaoer too ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post
    Out of interest , why is electric welders favoured over gas ?

    Surely cheaoer too ?

    Channa
    A lot of the time it's down to Mig welding being easier to master for the average hobby welder AND less cost in terms of bottle rental charges and keeping hoses etc in good order for a welding set that is often sat there doing nothing.
    Gas does have its advantages BUT for most hobby welding a mig set will do most jobs.
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    For many folks Oxy-Acetylene gas is not an option for H&S reasons.Eg, acetylene being so volatile and say you had a set at home and something went wrong, your home or garage in rear garden would not insured, in fact, if you are not a business, you won’t legally be able to hire the cylinders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runnach View Post
    For many folks Oxy-Acetylene gas is not an option for H&S reasons.Eg, acetylene being so volatile and say you had a set at home and something went wrong, your home or garage in rear garden would not insured, in fact, if you are not a business, you won’t legally be able to hire the cylinders.
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    I got my MIG welder from machine mart about 30 years ago which is still going strong.

    I've used it to weld farm machinery, small snow ploughs, gates etc.

    Also have an old 1960's triangle minx stick welder that is very easy to use due to the size of the solid copper wound coils, it does trip the rcd's when trying to start up but gets there in the end.

    Bought an inverter welder from Inverter Fusion a couple of years ago which though it's expensive, is the best I've ever used!
    It can do TIG as well as ARC.

    I recommend a trip to machine mart! for hobby welding their stuff is ok.

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    i started out with a 140 amp stick welder.... used to take the cover off when using 3.25 rods , it lasted longer before the thermal cut out went. when it died about 30 years ago i got a 180 amp fan cooled jobbie..... bl.dy fan went last week.
    the 180 amp one runs off a 13 amp plug if you stick to no larger than 3.25 rods. ill run on a 30 yard 2.5mm extension lead if necessary. got 30 amp fuse wire fitted, at some point i made up a set of larger diameter welding leads long enough to weld at arms length overhead with the welder sat on the floor.

    as im getting old and feeble the welder now lives in a wheelbarrow , along with the 9 inch grinder with a cutting disc and 3 4.5 inch grinders, ( cutting, grinding and wire brush).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricc View Post
    i started out with a 140 amp stick welder.... used to take the cover off when using 3.25 rods , it lasted longer before the thermal cut out went. when it died about 30 years ago i got a 180 amp fan cooled jobbie..... bl.dy fan went last week.
    the 180 amp one runs off a 13 amp plug if you stick to no larger than 3.25 rods. ill run on a 30 yard 2.5mm extension lead if necessary. got 30 amp fuse wire fitted, at some point i made up a set of larger diameter welding leads long enough to weld at arms length overhead with the welder sat on the floor.

    as im getting old and feeble the welder now lives in a wheelbarrow , along with the 9 inch grinder with a cutting disc and 3 4.5 inch grinders, ( cutting, grinding and wire brush).
    This is the point I was making about the inverter machines are a fraction of the weight, handy if you carry them around.

    Of course using a long extension lead will reduce the power consumption, I always plug mine into the electric cooker point socket because that's fed with 6mm cable.
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    when using the inverter in Portugal, mrs B would have to hold down the circuit breaker as i welded, as it would normally trip immediately
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    Nobody's mentioned TIG?
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