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    Righto. I've decided that i need (okay, want) to get myself a welder..... As in the kit, not the person.

    So, given that I know there's at least one pro on here, I thought I'd pick your brains.

    I'm really just looking for something to have a play about with and eventually just stick together the odd bracket or two, so very very basic use. I'm thinking something along the lines of a cheap stick welder. I'm well up on weld theory, capacity calcs, etc.... But my practical experience is limited to sticking the electrode to the substrate several times in a row and getting laughed at for my cack-handedness.

    So, any advice would be much appreciated in terms of what to be looking for in terms of kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hextal View Post
    Righto. I've decided that i need (okay, want) to get myself a welder..... As in the kit, not the person.

    So, given that I know there's at least one pro on here, I thought I'd pick your brains.

    I'm really just looking for something to have a play about with and eventually just stick together the odd bracket or two, so very very basic use. I'm thinking something along the lines of a cheap stick welder. I'm well up on weld theory, capacity calcs, etc.... But my practical experience is limited to sticking the electrode to the substrate several times in a row and getting laughed at for my cack-handedness.

    So, any advice would be much appreciated in terms of what to be looking for in terms of kit.
    I have wee Ferm Concept 1500 which is great for what you described. Got mine second hand for 30 hardly used.
    Runnach will be along shortly with proper advise.
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    Some of the R tech stuff is well priced and good quality.... I use a BOC 190 (bit of a beast BUT will deal with landrover chassis as well as thinner stuff etc.



    Depends what you need BUT a cheap nasty welder is painful... Practice practice practice is also a good plan.
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    I got rid of all my kit bar my pre 1991 240V 140 amp SIP buzz box, which is till going strong, I know the dates as I was working with Scientific Atlanta at this time. Cost me 40 quid from my weld rep.

    SIP brand is very good for DIY type work, in fact, when I mage my boat trailer, I nailed it with my SIP buzz box. However, with the advent of inverter technology, I would certainly look into at the newer tech available.

    Here is a link to SIP kit. SIP ARC Welders - SIP Arc Welding Machines

    If you want any further info, gimme a shout. Oh, most, if not all buzz boxes do not have a high open circuit, so E6013 electrodes are all you will burn, but they are suffice for DIY stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistericeman View Post
    Some of the R tech stuff is well priced and good quality.... I use a BOC 190 (bit of a beast BUT will deal with landrover chassis as well as thinner stuff etc.



    Depends what you need BUT a cheap nasty welder is painful... Practice practice practice is also a good plan.
    Hex is after an MMA plant, MiM.
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    One point regarding old tech (buzz box) V's new tech (inverter) is easy arcing up at initial start up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runnach View Post
    Hex is after an MMA plant, MiM.
    Well aware of that.... Rtech do some handy stick sets...

    I was just pointing out I bought a decent mig set to give me greater flexibility for welding thinner stuff too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistericeman View Post
    Well aware of that.... Rtech do some handy stick sets...

    I was just pointing out I bought a decent mig set to give me greater flexibility for welding thinner stuff too.
    Ah ok, I thought maybe wrong pic added.

    Yep Rtech are a decent brand too.
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    Cheers guys.

    Stupid question (I'll have a lot) it looks like anything over 125amp needs either hard-working or running off something beefier than domestic 13amp.

    Is 125 likely to be okay for basics (I know it's an open ended question) or am I better going for something beefier and just upping the input wiring/fuses/rcd accordingly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hextal View Post
    Cheers guys.

    Stupid question (I'll have a lot) it looks like anything over 125amp needs either hard-working or running off something beefier than domestic 13amp.

    Is 125 likely to be okay for basics (I know it's an open ended question) or am I better going for something beefier and just upping the input wiring/fuses/rcd accordingly?
    My 190 above is specced to need a 16 amp supply.....

    I regularly use it without problems on a 13 amp plug (and at times an extension lead)
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