At Harbor Freight's Parking Lot Sale on March 8, 9, & 10th.
MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding is sometimes referred to as the "hot glue gun"
of the welding world and is generally regarded as one of the easiest type of
welding to learn.
The "inert gas" has been replaced by inert gas trapped in the flux wire (I
guess). That is, gas is no longer required.
This is the same gizmo I bought (from a Craigslist ad) a week or so ago.
I've done one "project", welding a leg back in place on the fireplace
andiron, and experimented on a few metal scraps. Using the device requires
more skill than a glue gun, but the welder itself does a perfectly
acceptable job on steel from 3/16" to 18 gauge.
Anyway, this HF kit, #68887, contains all you need to get started. There ARE
some additional items you'd probably start lusting after:
* 0.035 wire from Northern Tool. The HF 0.030 wire that comes with the HF
kit does not rate highly.
A self-darkening helmet
* Leather Gloves
* Welding/chipping hammer (#66389)
* Large & small wire brushes
Spare welding tips (#98108)
* MIG welding pliers (# 33836) for cleaning tip, cutting wire, etc.
Welding cart (# 90305)
* Welding blanket (#67833)
Other stuff, according to the parking lot sale flyer:
Cable ties, white/black, pack of 100 $2
1/4 AND 3/8 socket set (40 pieces) $3
Wire stripper/cutter $3
500W Halogen bulbs - 2 pack $1
7-piece plier set - $9
Multifunction Miracle Twitching Tool - $15
As an aside: After discovering Harbor Freight how many of you have, um,
"upgraded" to THREE sets of tools: workshop, house, and car? The sets may,
of course, differ, but having a tool where it's needed sure is handy.