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Old 01-01-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
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Looking for a cheap tig.

Iv never welded in my life. But I have a rust prob thats going to make me have to learn. So im looking for a good cheap tig so I can start fixing my truck. Please let me know what you got. Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:03 PM   #2
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arc welding would be your best bet, tig is a little harder to learn. home depot has an ac/dc arc for about 350
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:13 PM   #3
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Arc welding body panels could be tough if that is the rust he is going to fix.
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Tig won't be any easier... and it'd take a pretty darn adjustable MIG to get down too thin.

What kind of rust problems are you having? On the new rig you just picked up?
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:17 PM   #5
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Im going to have to replace well the whole floor pan. and the front body suport. I think thats all of it. Im going to go in a little bit find all the rust and post all the work I have to do. I just really want to do this myself. So I can look at it and say I DID THAT. Thats all I really want.
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get a mig then man. they have cheap starter kits at loews and home depot.
if it were me id save up and get at least a 175 or bigger that way you can use it for thicker metal
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Oh yeah... especially if it's not going to be easily seen. You'd kill yourself from all the bending trying to tig a floorpan in place.

A 175 class machine would always be nice, but you definitely don't need anything that big. A simple 110 machine works well enough and you won't have to re-wire your life to make it work. But you'll need the big one when you start building your cage, skidplates, body armour, etc...
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Go for the Hobart 187, I have heard nothing but good about it.


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Arc welding body panels could be tough if that is the rust he is going to fix.
X2, whatever you do, the metal has to be clean. My 120V MIG works real well. I'm using flux core and can set it low enough to run a short bead. Mostly, I strike a lot of spot welds together on sheetmetal.
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Only problem I have with it is that the LWS here doesn't service it or keep consumables. I will have one before long, and I'll put in a write up.

Right now I've got an older Century "Quick-Fix" 45-90amp. It's not the best in the world, but the thing will get the job done. It's a bear to work with, and I end up making a lot of passes sometimes. However, after going and visiting a buddy of mine that's got a Miller 251 (and smaller machines), I realized that my machine has allowed me to progress slowly enough that I don't try to tackle a project that is likely to end up killing some one.

I'll keep it around after I upgrade.
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