Inverter welders

#22
My 30 year old mig welder has just given up the ghost. wire feed has gone bonkers. Fitted a new potentiometer but it's all or nothing then varies it's self.
Mostly for use on car/ small metal stuff. I use a gas bottle. Any recommendations for a cheap 135 amp buzz box. Loads out there but advice appreciated.
 
#23
My 30 year old mig welder has just given up the ghost. wire feed has gone bonkers. Fitted a new potentiometer but it's all or nothing then varies it's self.
Mostly for use on car/ small metal stuff. I use a gas bottle. Any recommendations for a cheap 135 amp buzz box. Loads out there but advice appreciated.

Give up welding. You're arc eyed to feck.
 
#24
My 30 year old mig welder has just given up the ghost. wire feed has gone bonkers. Fitted a new potentiometer but it's all or nothing then varies it's self.
Mostly for use on car/ small metal stuff. I use a gas bottle. Any recommendations for a cheap 135 amp buzz box. Loads out there but advice appreciated.
Buy the best you can afford or get ready to spend most of your time fixing the wire feed on the new ones , and dont go gasless , its shite.
 
#25
I bought a used Snap On many years ago, don't know how old it is, and I don't use it much nowadays, but it's a cracking machine. If I was starting again, I'd go Snap On again.
 
#26
My 30 year old mig welder has just given up the ghost. wire feed has gone bonkers. Fitted a new potentiometer but it's all or nothing then varies it's self.
Mostly for use on car/ small metal stuff. I use a gas bottle. Any recommendations for a cheap 135 amp buzz box. Loads out there but advice appreciated.
A " buzz box" is a transformer stick welder not a MIG.
 
#28
Mine buzzes. I have a budget of £400 quid. Any one care to name a brand?
I appreciate £400 is a lot of money for a DIY tool but its not for a professional mig welder , Lincoln would be my brand of choice but I dont think you`ll get for for that money , buy local not off flea bay , it makes life easier if you have a warranty claim plus your local dealer should be more helpful when buying consumables.

PS Machine mart welders are often crap as can their back up be , better to use a welding specialist , they may even have a good used one with warranty.
 
#29
Mine buzzes. I have a budget of £400 quid. Any one care to name a brand?
You've got a transformer MIG welder then, not a transformer stick welder, rather than an inverter MIG welder or an inverter stick welder, not an inverter stick and MIG machine though , with TIG or without, scratch start or HF ?

Any clearer ?
 
#30
You've got a transformer MIG welder then, not a transformer stick welder, rather than an inverter MIG welder or an inverter stick welder, not an inverter stick and MIG machine though , with TIG or without, scratch start or HF ?

Any clearer ?
Do people still use scratch start?
 
#32
£400 is a bit of a tough budget and it depends what you want it for . If your just doing occasional stuff and you were happy you should get similar in my view .I only say that as if you spend a £100 more you get a much better inverter welder that goes up to 180 amps but is most likely overkill as it will not use all that power on a regular plug .

I you do want to spend that get a Rtech mig which has excellent reviews and customer service . Second would be a parweld .

If you just want something similar to what you have then get the best you can which £400 should be more than enough . Just avoid shit brand which sound shit , wolf etc anything cheap and nasty that you have never heard of .
 
#33
I appreciate £400 is a lot of money for a DIY tool but its not for a professional mig welder , Lincoln would be my brand of choice but I dont think you`ll get for for that money , buy local not off flea bay , it makes life easier if you have a warranty claim plus your local dealer should be more helpful when buying consumables.

PS Machine mart welders are often crap as can their back up be , better to use a welding specialist , they may even have a good used one with warranty.
The slightly older Italian made Clarke welders do the job with minimal fuss. Look for the square blue ones.
 
#34
If you're going to the value for money end of the market and not top brands then you'll get pretty much the same made in China machine with various brand names on it, the best warranty wins because you can't repair them.

R Tech sometimes have clearance machines for sale, returns or shop soiled ect, see if you can get a 180 under your budget. Never seen a bad review of one.
 
#35
The slightly older Italian made Clarke welders do the job with minimal fuss. Look for the square blue ones.
I'm replacing a "blue cube" Not branded clarke it's actually called NU-matic. I've rebuilt a series 2 Landrover chassis with it. Blown holes in a Triumph Dolomite. Rebuilt a Triumph TR 6. made a bed,gates and stuff... Put brackets onto upright railway lines that hold up my barns and burnt my retina in tight spots where the mask wouldn't fit. All usually on the end of a 60ft extension lead that has been known to melt snow.
Were my welds good? Some were, some looked better with a grinder, some looked even better after a flapper disk and an application of zinc paint. Some even looked professional (really). All the time it glued two bits of metal together which is what I want.
 
#36
I'm replacing a "blue cube" Not branded clarke it's actually called NU-matic. I've rebuilt a series 2 Landrover chassis with it. Blown holes in a Triumph Dolomite. Rebuilt a Triumph TR 6. made a bed,gates and stuff... Put brackets onto upright railway lines that hold up my barns and burnt my retina in tight spots where the mask wouldn't fit. All usually on the end of a 60ft extension lead that has been known to melt snow.
Were my welds good? Some were, some looked better with a grinder, some looked even better after a flapper disk and an application of zinc paint. Some even looked professional (really). All the time it glued two bits of metal together which is what I want.
Get a MIG and use 0.8mm welding wire [use pub CO2], and for thick steel work get a nornal stick welder
{I just used a MIG for thick and thin steel}
 
#37
I’m a complete novice but I got a welder to repair my old discovery. Then my legs got too bad so I haven’t done it yet. This seems like an interesting place to have a look around.

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#40
You might as well use gorilla glue than flux cored wire, don't waste your money
Odd, then, that I had a novice put in a one-sided fillet weld such that I couldn't break the weld, the parent metal bent instead.

Similarly, I've seen welds put in with what were presumably expensive MIGs that are just sitting on the surface.
 
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