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What type of welder should I get?

I am looking to weld 1/4" steel and up to 1/2" steel. What type of welder should I get and how hard is it to learn to do basic no structural welds that will hold up to impacts? How many amps would be needed to weld 1/2" steel?

Asked By: MR. X - 8/22/2008
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Lincoln or Miller welders do an excellent job, I use them everyday. The type of welding you are describing you would probably would be better off with a MIG welder (not having any experience). I would strongly suggest reading up on the subject at a minimum or taking some lessons. A 200-250 amp MIG welder will weld 1... More
Answered By: Scott M - 8/23/2008
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harbor frieghts carries a wired feed welder that great for this kind of work its only about 90 dollars and works great if you have basic hand skills youll be able to figure it out rather quickly
Answered By: just woundering - 8/22/2008
 
half inch steel you need industrial mig welder you need to be certified to do structrual welds.
Answered By: Harddoneby - 8/22/2008
 
Hi. It really is a question of how much you want to spend and making the effort to learn how to do welding that is not 'structural' but hold up to 'impacts'? If you are seriously wanting to weld that thick a metal go take a welding class and find out just the basics of what you are trying to do. It will be money well... More
Answered By: Ron G - 8/22/2008
 
Hello Rich... More
Answered By: bdtile21 - 8/22/2008
 
find a used stick 220v 180amp. auto dark helmet. grinder,gloves,and welding rods, I like 6011 or 6013.all purpose. 1/8th or larger. oxy/acet. torch for cutting, and brazing/weld. and you will be well on your way.
Answered By: thewmas - 8/23/2008
 
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