From:Doug Miller
Subject:RE: RE: RE: RE: welders Date:Sun Sep 30 12:25:46 2012
Response to:17856
Brent, I learned on a stick and still use mine some usually for the heavier stuff. I use an acetylene welder and hammer weld sheet metal, though I might "tack" it with the mig. I made a short lead and straightened the tip so I could push aluminum wire through the 135 (use 100% argon). Repairing those pieces of "unobtanium" so I don't have to buy the NOS leaves those for you that need them to show well.

I have some burned (really old) "hot gloves" I wrap around a weld to cool it slowly.

Doug (Back to the thread) Welding can make lots of stuff easier, like making tools, motor stands, and repairs. just watch the details, metal compatibility heat shock, temper splatter, flammability of stuff around (self), the details. A $50 stick welder might be one way to go.

Doug, yep, I'm a stick welder myself and throw a pretty good bead but learned a long time ago my welds broke an 1/8th" out. Didn't know about nitrogen/hydrogen impigment and all that hardening I know to get it all red with a torch afterwards and let it cool slowly.

Ya, What he said. I'm a "Farm welder" get the job done but I wouldn't weld the frame, maybe the motor mounts, and I have welded the foot peg mounts.

Save yourself time and money (and worry). I work in a sheet metal shop and am surrounded by union welders. It's taught me a lot. If you don't know how to weld....don't; especially if you are going to go down the road on it after spending all the other money on paint and parts. These guys all ride also. Take your stuff to a shop.

Has anybody had any experience with any of the welders sold by harbor freight? I was thinking about getting the 170 amp mig/flux wire welder and wondered if anybody had any thoughts good or bad. I need it for some frame welding and re-welding on new motor mounts.