Kerry-TGI

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If you are looking to buy a welder for panel work, as with any tool, buy the best one you can afford. 

I am only learning to weld at the moment, I started trying probably a couple of years ago and I had a cheap Bunnings welder, and could not get it to do even half decent welds. Someone better than me almost definitely could have made it do good welds, but as a learner I just couldn't get it to do what I wanted. It was enough to make me stop trying for a while honestly.  
Now that I have a good machine, it makes learning 1,000,000x easier. It is easy to adjust settings etc with amperage, wire feed speed, gas coverage etc, they are all continuously variable and you can make fine adjustments, not just 1-5 or whatever it was on my cheap one.

Mine was fairly spendy for a home use machine at $1500 but is multi process (stick, H/F tig and MIG/MAG) but even the difference between a $200 welder and a $4-500 welder is huge. 

 

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1 hour ago, WhangareiKE70 said:

Mine was fairly spendy for a home use machine at $1500 but is multi process (stick, H/F tig and MIG/MAG) but even the difference between a $200 welder and a $4-500 welder is huge. 

 

What welder is it, I've been looking at multi-process machines lately too.

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On 07/02/2019 at 10:56, Raizer said:

What welder is it, I've been looking at multi-process machines lately too.

I am mind blanking at the moment, I will come back and edit this when I remember/look it up, not at home right now. 

EDIT: @Raizer this is it here.

https://www.chevpac.co.nz/catalogue/page/mig-welders_WOR_S236_C457/mig-welder-200a-mig-mag-1ph-multi-mig-wd-mig200m_WMG100120?p=1

Was sceptical at first as it was not 'name brand', but have used it plenty now and has been a good machine. Only used MIG so far as I haven't gotten around to buying an Argon bottle just yet.

On 07/02/2019 at 10:59, Kerry-TGI said:

I was looking at a bunnings one, this one

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/bossweld-150-amp-m150-gas-gasless-mig-inverter-welder_p08911795

I do have a bit of experience helping at an engineering workshop but I mostly did prep, the welder was always set up for me

That looks a bit better than the el cheapo one I had to be fair to Bunnings welders. I would personally check out your local engineering supplies store though, I got mine through Donovans here in Whangarei and they had the best selection by far that I could find locally, and good advice for a novice like myself. Plus the price was good for what I got, I felt.  

Welding anything 3mm+ like you often would in an engineering shop is very different to panel steel, you want the fine controls I find as the difference between just the right setting and too hot/cold is very minor I find. Also prep is key so you should be well sorted for that. :smile:

DISCLAIMER: I am very much a learner, everything I say is from my own experience, which compared to a lot of people (especially on here) is very limited. But I thought my perspective may be helpful, as is that of a learner. 

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