Welders - supplier?

Can anyone rec. a decent supplier for a mig welder and the bits and bobs, wire, helmet etc.
Prefer something decent not that I know that much about them but buy cheap buy twice, get what you pay for etc. being a motto. ;-)
Mark S.
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Machine Mart?
They've a branch in Sheffield, another in Barnsley and on line.
The range is pretty comprehensive with about 25 different ones with prices to lighten your wallet from about 150 to 500. There ought to be something there for you I would have thought,
I didn't know that printers were fixed in this way....
Here was me thinking that they are something that they give away with every ink cartridge ;-)
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ebay? Neil
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Cheeky bugger. I've sold all the printers out of the garage on Ebay. :-P
I've an Opel Manta on my drive now to play with when I get fed up of diy. ;-) And the gates to sort out as well.
So I take it Sip are out?
Machine Mart only do Clarke stuff don't they?
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I had in my mind from somewhere that you were involved with them professionally??

I'm not a welding expert by any means. When I saw your original post, I happened to have a Machine Mart catalogue in a pile of assorted tool catalogues that I was sorting through and remembered that they sold welders. It was more of a sourcing suggestion than a product recommendation. Others have done welding more than I have and seem to favour various other options than Clarke and SIP.
I don't know about the SIP welders, although I've found the compressors OK (made in Italy like a lot of them).
Did you think about looking on one of the car repair groups?

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I have a SIP 170 mig gas / gasless and it seems to be fine. Remember that if welding out of doors gasless is better unless there is no wind. Use gas indoors or in no wind conditions, and for stainless and alli. Go for the highest amperage unit you can afford, all will do car bodywork. Mouse
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We do them at work but I'm just in stores so I fiddle with them in my spare time, brings a few extra pennies in. :-)
I'll pop over and ask on car maintenance as well see what they say.
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I have used :-
http://www.wilstar.co.uk /
Very helpful.
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Mmmmm, so have I - a few years ago they sold me a bottle of gas from a supplier in south london who then went out of business. I now have a very expensive paper weight - they were not at all helpful.
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Was this a weldpool one for CO2? We still have a local refiller so I am interested if you want to sell it.
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Andy, what trouble did you have ? I could bore everyone to death with SIP mig problems :-) Was it, per chance, shite wire feed ?
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I've certainly experienced shite wire feed on 2x SIP machines (a 130 and a 150). I won't go into other problems, since we covered this here fairly recently.
There are some people using SIPs who report no probs (including Dave Plowman). Maybe they've improved, maybe I and others were unlucky, I don't know.
I've been using a Clarke for a good few years now with no problems, but my next one will be a Cebora.
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How did you guess ? 8-)
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On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 04:01:23 +0000, Andy Dingley

As I have to heft any mig into the van by myself and you have previously said you wouldn't want a mig welder you could lift, is there any point of compromise?

I still need a name that I can put forward for my pressy, so far only the Cromwell one has been recommended by name.
I've just been brought a NUtool 152 by a mate, it seems to be ex hire by the serial number scratched on it and the gun is missing, wires, tubes, cables and their sheath are present up to where the gun should be. Has anyone tried to convert one of the diy migs to eurotorch? I can get the torch and 3mtre lead for GBP50 but have not found a supplier of the female bit of the eurotorch to fit on the welder.
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