they said it couldn't be done but I welded quarter panels on 1st 66 in the mid 80's with an old arc welder. ideal ? no . but i did it and it turned out well
You got a Harbor Freight around you? Get a 20% off coupon (they're always around somewhere) and run down there. You can pick up a $120 flux core MIG welder there. It works. It's plug into any handy 110 volt outlet. With coupon about a hundred bucks. They also have OK autodarkening helmets. Autodarkening helps a LOT when you're trying to learn. These days I won't weld without one. A roll of wire and you're off. Don't like it or want to upgrade later? Sell it on Craigslist and get close to your money back.I've been dying to learn to weld. I drive by a community college twice a day - called them about classes and the wont' talk to you unless you sign up for a several thousand dollar, 2 year course. What ever happened to a community college that has basic or beginner classes? Oh well, I plan on buying a Hobart 500554 Handler 190 MIG Welder 230V soon, and just watching online vids and dinking around with it. I have a couple of cousins that have this one and they say it is a perfect all around welder, especially for cars. It is an investment though...
Heed this advise. I've taken care of tons of mechanics with metal in their eyes. They really enjoy when I tell them I'm going to take a very tiny die grinder and grind out the metal and rust in their cornea! Wear eye protection and stay out of my office!Oh yeah, PSA: NEVER lift your hood to check out a fresh weld unless you're wearing some sort of (safety) glasses. I almost got hot slag in the eye doing that when a cooling weld "popped" at me. Also, try not to wear sneaks or polyester, they can catch fire ! I finally bought a leather welding jacket because I had to do some overhead truck frame repairs where there was just no way to get out of the path of heavy weld spatter.
Great advice. Think I'll do just that! I was in the camp of "buy a good one now that I will use forever." But in reality I probably won't do a ton of welding so a cheap one for accasional projects should be just fine. If the need arises, I'll upgrade later.You got a Harbor Freight around you? Get a 20% off coupon (they're always around somewhere) and run down there. You can pick up a $120 flux core MIG welder there. It works. It's plug into any handy 110 volt outlet. With coupon about a hundred bucks. They also have OK autodarkening helmets. Autodarkening helps a LOT when you're trying to learn. These days I won't weld without one. A roll of wire and you're off. Don't like it or want to upgrade later? Sell it on Craigslist and get close to your money back.
People always like to riff on flux core welders. I used one for 20 years and did most of my '67 with one along with innumerable other projects. I recently finally made the move to upgrading it to gas. Sure it's nicer to use and all but I quickly realized I did it wrong. I should have left the MIG flux, bought a second modest MIG for use with gas, and kept both. Actually I'm going to do exactly that anyway. I already miss how I could just grab the little welder and tote it to where I wanted it. Now I have a smallish but still heavy gas bottle that has to go with and a flowmeter that I'm rather paranoid of breaking if/when the bottle falls over. A wheeled cart would help in certain situations but not throwing it in the back of the truck to take somewhere. Plus I now have to worry about running out of gas. With wire it's easy to judge when you need to grab another roll. Gas? Who freaking knows? It runs out when it runs out. (Gotta buy a spare bottle)
So not only do little flux welders have a place, they are super affordable and the skills gained and other equipment move right with you if/when you chose to invest in a bigger and better machine.
I’d buck up to one that will be able to use gas and flux core. While the one in the post is a good buy it’s more difficult to do thinner material like exhaust tubing with flux core. No problem in doing your bracket though.