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Old 08-26-2017, 10:19 PM
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Looks to me like you bought a flux core welder not a mig welder.

You're right. It is a flux core wire welder.

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Old 08-26-2017, 10:20 PM
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It's just another tool, no big deal. Every single guy on here has bought something from harbor freight or a traveling tool sale they wouldn't want to show their friends
You just placed a $100 bet and you're the one who decides if you won or not. It's your money and your time. I know it wouldn't do what I need a welder to do but if you have reasonable expectations and really just want to patch the occasional mower deck it might be just fine and you saved 500 bucks. Just don't go to bed tonight dreaming about it out welding a MM350P

It is a different process than stick but the fundamentals are the same. Watch your puddle, arc length etc. Bend some welds and see if they hold. Whether you are holding a gun or stinger you can continue to learn just fine.
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:29 PM
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It's just another tool, no big deal. Every single guy on here has bought something from harbor freight or a traveling tool sale they wouldn't want to show their friends
You just placed a $100 bet and you're the one who decides if you won or not. It's your money and your time. I know it wouldn't do what I need a welder to do but if you have reasonable expectations and really just want to patch the occasional mower deck it might be just fine and you saved 500 bucks. Just don't go to bed tonight dreaming about it out welding a MM350P

It is a different process than stick but the fundamentals are the same. Watch your puddle, arc length etc. Bend some welds and see if they hold. Whether you are holding a gun or stinger you can continue to learn just fine.
Thank you very much. It's a cheap machine, but I just need something for thin metal. I must say that Digger Doug is correct. I haven't been paying attention to the puddle, the arc and other things. I appreciate him helping me Other people on this site have been helping me the best they can. It's time for me to pay attention and put this good advice to work. Hopefully someday I will be the weldor on here that others are.

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The photo gray darken even under the helmet. So a 11 lens becomes a 14 lens in the helmet. I just never realized it.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:03 AM
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That welding machine is a AC only. Probably should of stepped up to the Hobart Toolmate 100. Twice as much $$, but probably 5 times better by being a DC unit.. i would think this is the bottom as far not throwing your money away..(IMO) The Klutch 140si can be had for $250.00 from the Reman there at NT. It's a sweet unit compared to any of the big boys.. If you have the input power. (Talking good generator) you could see 170 amps output with enough voltage to burn the wire in.. Really a clone of the 220si in many ways.. I run mine on both CO2, and C-25 gas using a 30 amp /120 volt 3500/4000 watt Champion RV generator.

https://www.hobartwelders.com/pdf/sp...olmate_100.pdf
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Note to self...never reveal any deep dark secretes that can come back to bite you.

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Tim,

First, don't worry about offending anyone, we can all be assholes at times.
Hence the name here Shop Floor talk, it ain't for pussies. We cuss and bitch
and call each other names.

Second, For $99.99 hell you got a deal, be happy. A FC welder is just a MIG
(GMAW) with out the gas. Most of those cheap imports use some hard to find
consumable. According to the website they use standard TWECO part. That is
a very good thing.

Third, yeah you need to work on your stick welding. So keep doing that.
Stick welding teaches you the basics, find a local who can help you, not
everyone can learn off the internet. YouTube is a good place to start,
maybe Dave (Weldor2005) can post up a good basics video. Don't start
using the FC machine as a crutch.
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:45 AM
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I was guilty, until recently, of several of the basic dumb mistakes.

Over time, 20 years or so, I had lost sight of the need to watch the wetting edge of the puddle. Photo gray glasses and the most damaging, bifocals, had crept into my world. I could no longer see the pretty blue light. (yep, colorblind too.)

I could not find a position to hold my head, that would allow me to see the puddle, in focus and manipulate the electrode (stick, mig wire or TIG electrode/filler rod) well enough to get the good quality and appearance I was used to producing.

I went thru a procession of helmets, lights and filters without much improvement.

The simple and elegant solution turned out to be a couple of pair's of cheap readers. 1.5 for stick, 2.0 for MIG and 2.6 for TIG. Now, I gotta have my photo gray prescription's to take 2 steps away from the bench, or I fall down.(not a good idea, in a shop full of sharp stuff and tanglefoot)

Such is the price for an ungraceful aging process. Had your eyes checked recently? The visual field and slit lamp tests are most informative.

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A good machine will make a bad welder look good ..Flux core sucks even for the experienced...I only switch to it when I weld outside if its breezy..Its nasty shit..welds look like shit compared to shielded solid wire and it takes dynamite to clean up the weld..

My advice...peddle that flux core machine..take your lumps..and get one that has reverse polarity and uses CO2 and C25.. A 300watt halogen lite will work wonders for seeing the weld process...Eastwood has what you need and their product is well reviewed..They are experts in sheetmetal repair...
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Tim,

First, don't worry about offending anyone, we can all be assholes at times.
Hence the name here Shop Floor talk, it ain't for pussies. We cuss and bitch
and call each other names.

Second, For $99.99 hell you got a deal, be happy. A FC welder is just a MIG
(GMAW) with out the gas. Most of those cheap imports use some hard to find
consumable. According to the website they use standard TWECO part. That is
a very good thing.

Third, yeah you need to work on your stick welding. So keep doing that.
Stick welding teaches you the basics, find a local who can help you, not
everyone can learn off the internet. YouTube is a good place to start,
maybe Dave (Weldor2005) can post up a good basics video. Don't start
using the FC machine as a crutch.
Shade:
It's all good Everything said was "constructive criticism". It's nice to know that people care, care enough on this forum to make an attempt to keep one from making a mistake. I made a mistake and if the people on here didn't care then they would not have said a word. Yeah, I need to work on my stick welding and shall do so I am most happy to be a member of this forum.

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