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Postby mikeydpippin » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:31 pm

Thinking about buying a welder for welding footrests and general work, saw this but not sure if it’s suitable.
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Re: Welder

Postby Mick D » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:25 am

Hi

I'm not a fan of 'gasless' MIG but appreciate not everyone wants the expense of a bottle - (eye wateringly expensive if you're with BOC :evil: )

It will probably work in experienced hands but will be less forgiving in those of a novice.

Not too sure of your intended use - it won't heat up footrests in order to straighten them but should cope with welds on plate up to around 4mm.

Check on the price / availability of the fluxed wire - you'll need some good gloves and clothing to shield you from the UV rays generated - you will very soon be looking for a flip down visor, (I could never get on with the hand held ones).

For the money don't expect too much but on the up side, it's got a three year warranty.

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Re: Welder

Postby alanengineer » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:43 am

Their are far better alternatives than fluxed wire. Hobby gasses are easy to obtain and not horrendously expensive. I found the tiny bottles of gas sold at Machine Mart very expensive and unreliable, to the point where i never got to mig weld properly until i got a hobby gas bottle and regulator.
Expensive to set up that way but worth it. I find Tig much better for restoration stuff, but a lot slower

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Re: Welder

Postby Rob Harknett » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:02 am

I paid £130 for a MIG welder many years ago. It has a gas bottle. I've never got round to using it yet. I do recall it reading only suitable for up to 4 m.m. I have a Gas welder that takes bottles I have used. Run out of bottles I can longer get now. I used that mainly for pluming work.

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Re: Welder

Postby SPRIDDLER » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:14 am

In very many years of bike fettling I've only needed something welded maybe half a dozen times and there are several people locally to whom I and other pals turn: Car body repairer (in a pig farm shed) for heavy stuff and a couple of retired chaps for small jobs. Mostly at the cost of a drink if they'll take it. Same with turning and milling. It's not so much about having the equipment but having the skills to use it. I can't sharpen a wood chisel or drills satisfactorily.
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Re: Welder

Postby pkr87 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:01 am

I have used Mig welders for Donkey's years and have found that a gasless Mig creates more problems than it solves. I cancelled my BOC account and now get Argon, Oxygen and Acetylene from Hobby gasses. These are much cheaper. It is possible to weld larger than 4 mm but takes patience and a bit of skill. Mig welding is not really suitable for cast iron but can be used for welding Aluminium but that needs different gasses and wire.

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Re: Welder

Postby Paul R » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:33 am

Mig is good for most bike related jobs . I regularly use mine for such as fixing splits in old mudgards and general welding stuff . A matter of practice to get the best out of the smaller machines . I found that investing in a flip up auto darkening helmet makes a world of difference to how easy they are to use and going for gas rather that gasless helps you to see clearly what is going when you start . Different gases will let you weld stainless and alloy ( tricky!). The setup advertised I think would be frustrating to use as is with a hand held shield and somewhat limiting . Gas; I go through about 3 bottles a year of the disposables but I do a fair bit of welding , offset this against fluxed wire is more expensive anyway. I paid just over £100 secondhand for a mig and been very happy with it so far . Just my 2pennyworth for what its worth . If you do aquire one it is amazing how many jobs seem to gravitate your way after a short while . Good luck.

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Re: Welder

Postby SPRIDDLER » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:08 pm

Paul R wrote:Mig is good for most bike related jobs . I regularly use mine for such as fixing splits in old mudguards........


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