Re: Looking at welders

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Posted by Larry (TX) on August 19, 2016 at 12:17:54 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Looking at welders posted by Andy B (MI) on August 18, 2016 at 11:13:58:

It all depends on what type of welding you want to do, i.e., hobbyist doing occasional light weight 1/8th, 3/16ths and 1/4" thick metals, or welding more often heavier and thicker ordinary metals; also specialized metals such as aluminum, copper and stainless (all take the more expensive Argon gas).

Myself having been a self taught stick and MIG welder since back in the mid 70's, there are only three brands of welding machines in my book - those being LINCOLN, HOBART and MILLER. That said however, the CLARKE welder you show, particularly for only $150, would probably be a good starter machine if you plan to do only the hobby type work. CLARKE welders are the lower or bottom of the line priced machines, not meaning they aren't reliable or good welders by any means. Before paying for it, I'd do my best to find at least a somewhat experienced welder to take along and check it out.

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