If all you intend on welding is thin stock, say 1/4" at the max, one of
those 120 volt portable mig welders is the way to go. Mig welding is sooooo
much nicer than stck. I have a mig I bought 20 years ago, I don't own a
stick welder, but have spent quite a few hours using both. The only draw
back with a mig welder is you can get nice looking welds that do not
penetrate, so mig does take some practice too. Also a mig does not weld
dirty or painted metal well.
I took a short welding course in high school over 35 years ago as part of a
refrigeration course (I remember striking the arc too low and welding an air
conditioning motor to the welding bench, but that's another story) and hadn't
touched a welder until a couple of years ago. A 15 minute "crash course" from a
friend and a couple of afternoons of practice... They might not be the prettiest
welds but they're strong.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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I've went to his website before.
He does some nice work; ever since then I've been eyeing a welder ;-)
A nice mix of metal and wood working.
The step by step pictures/explanations are great; better than most
Bob, The router table looks very well done. Something only
welder/woodworker is capable of!
I like your idea of mounting the 130XP on top of the 180SD. I have the 210
and a 135 and love to use both. The 180 is on my, "Honey, in order to do
this I have to buy a different welder" list. Just waiting for the project!
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