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Old 11-25-2021, 04:13 PM
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To avoid cluttering ZZ's thread, what do you use to weld? Do you use different processes for frame work or body work? What gas and wire/rod do you use?

I'm trying to improve my welding game and any information can help. I have a nice old Lincoln Arc Welder that I'm getting decent with, and I have a Century 120V MIG, I'm thinking of getting a multi-process Miller or just a better MIG, something that can run off 220 that I can use on my Model A frame and other projects that are a little larger scale.
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Millermatic 252 is my weapon of choice. I also have an old school millermatic 35 and my tig is a miller syncrowave 210.
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Old 11-25-2021, 05:41 PM
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I have an old AC/DC arc welder for heavy stuff. A Lincoln migpack 180 with .030 wire and Stargold argon/ c02 mix, I use .025 wire for sheet metal. I also have an Eastwood tig 200 for aluminum and when I want to tig steel.
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Millermatic 252 is my weapon of choice. I also have an old school millermatic 35 and my tig is a miller syncrowave 210.
For what tasks do you find you use the TIG instead of the MIG? No stick? I find the stick to be pretty handy to stick stuff together, maybe I just haven't used the MIG enough.
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I use a blue box mig! 110v-220v capable. It has two heads for the power cable... 1 for each. Had it about 15 yrs & still goin' strong! I use 110v on thin metal & 220v for thicker stuff & use .025 for sheet metal & heavier wire for thicker metal. Also have a Miller plasma cutter!

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For what tasks do you find you use the TIG instead of the MIG? No stick? I find the stick to be pretty handy to stick stuff together, maybe I just haven't used the MIG enough.
I like the tig for thin metal, aluminum or something I want a purdy weld on. The pic is a tig welded on the top of my flat pole hahaha
I havnt used a stuck for years. I might be getting a gen ser stick for fence building.
.025 wire for sheet metal .030 or .035 for heaver stuff
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For sheet metal and up to 3/8" steel I have a Miller 210 mig. I also have a Miller 350p for heavier stuff Like 1/8" and up. I use it mostly in mig mode as I have a hard time dialing it in for pulse. This machine also has a spool gun to go with it. I use it for aluminum and it works better than the spool gun I had on the 210. The 210 I run .023 for steel and the same for stainless. The 350p runs .030 - .045 for steel. the spool gun take .035 wire and up. For steel 75% argon 25% CO2. Stainless and aluminum take pure argon. If welding silicon bronze welding that requires pure argon also. I haven't stick welded much in years. Mig is faster, cleaner and easier. I also have an old Lincoln Ideal arc for stick and it is set up for tig also. I need more practice at tig. I'm not very good at it.
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Correction. For stainless I use Tri gas. It's a mix of argon, co2 and helium
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I have never welded stainless.
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I've got a 120V Lincoln Handy Mig, only used flux core wire in it, haven't broken down and bought a bottle for it yet, may not ever. I was going to get on the exchange program at Tractor Supply, then all the sudden they quit selling welding gases, so it's a 50 mile trip to Tuscaloosa if I wanted gas.

I've also got a old Lincoln red buzz box 240v stick welder. It's so old, the case has rusted away and is just sitting over the transformer and I have to bump it around to keep the fan from hitting, LOL. I've had it for years, I've cut, actually burned and melted, with it and ran a pickup full of rods with it, it still does a good job. I use it on anything thicker than sheetmetal, and have even welded some of that with it!

I want a torch and a mig bottle, but I've done without all these years so it may never happen.
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