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  • #31
    14 or 15 first learned arc 15 mig and thats all i know right now and now denny here is helping me with giving me tips and ideas even though he aint up here at my home
    lincoln 140c
    with spool gun attachment

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    • #32
      wow I'm a late bloomer. Started at 21, now I'm 26 completed my training and run a portable truck fabbing anything that comes along.
      Freelance Fabber
      Mobile>
      '01 Dodge 1ton w/deck
      07 Miller Trailblazer 302g
      Miller HF251-d
      3hp air compressor
      Spectrum 275 Extreme
      Shop>
      Miller Dynasty 300sd
      Lincoln Migpak 180

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      • #33
        This is not really about welding, but thanks Richard for the nice comment on the Marines. All the branchs are full of excellant people as well as this site
        Scott
        HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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        • #34
          Well, I started welding with a borrowed AC 225 Tombstone the summer of 1966, I turned 17, can't remember if it was before or after my birthday (in June). The "learning project" was welding the roll bars in my first Hobby Stock (circle track car). A friend gave me a primer, instructed me to "make sure you burn it in", and weld away I did. I burned some holes, and had to weld 'em shut. "That's OK, you know you got it burned in that way!" was what I was told. I'm a lot older, and hopefully a little wiser, now! I rolled that car end-over-end 6 times, and the bars held up, so I guess my welding wasn't too bad, but getting banged around in the seat started back problems that caused me to get a spinal fusion in 1997. I mig welded a very little bit on one job that I had in the fall of '67, then never mig welded again til a couple years ago. I bought my own AC 180 Tombstone in late '68 or early '69, and built a bunch of race cars with that little welder over the years, it still welds like it's brand new.

          Ed
          Lincoln Tombstone 180 AC
          Hobart Handler 120
          Millermatic 210
          Old Harris O/A setup
          Victor SuperRange II on propane
          Hypertherm Powermax 380
          Ryobi 14" chop saw
          Milwaukee Sawzall
          A bunch of grinders
          A lotta other tools

          Check out my website at: Ed Eldridge's Race Page




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          • #35
            I just started this year. I'm taking a welding course at the local college(only automotive O/A, though, but better then nothing), bought myself a HH 187. I want to build a motorcycle trailer eventually and do some decorative gates. I will be 50 next month(oh, the horror of it!)

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            • #36
              I`am glad to see people remebering old memories

              Inferno Forge

              Chris

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              • #37
                my dad but 5/32 lo/hi in my hand at 12 and told me to do a vert. he chip slag off and took stinger away from me cause i could do it better than him. now i only burn 50 lb lo/hi a day if i use that antiquated stick. 25-50 lb 232 wire more my liking per day if im turned loose with tb302 and suitcase.

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                • #38
                  How old...

                  I was 48 when I used a repair on my RV as an excuse to buy a Millermatic 135 to fix. Since then I have bought a Dynasty 200DX, a Spectrum 375 and a myriad of metal shop working tools.

                  A day spent building something from stock metal is so cool.

                  Steve

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                  • #39
                    I was about 12 when i started, trying to fix my cracked bmx frame with the nabours lincoln buzz box, i kinda just blew huge holes in the frame i guess it was a start tho. about a year later my dad bought me a 135 for christmas to build bikes and little projects, i think i ended up building more stuff for him than i did for myself. The only thing i dont like about the welding programs in the highschools now is that they dont bother to teach you stick first.. they just hand you a mig or tig. i think stick is an essential skill. You can pretty much use it anywhere and is most common on construction sites.
                    Jorgensen MFG.
                    Custom trailers:from utility to semi trailers i make em all.
                    argonweld_bjorn@hotmail.com
                    www.ehhitch.com

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                    • #40
                      stick is wee bit slow 4 me tho

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                      • #41
                        started last year at age 15 doing stick than mig and now I am doing alot of tig!
                        Millermatic 135
                        Syncrowave 200 with coolmate 3
                        Hypertherm powermax 30

                        were I am when I am home
                        http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...5/IMG_7413.jpg

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                        • #42
                          chris, you have some nice equipment there
                          Scott
                          HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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                          • #43
                            well I think I was like 11 when I was first around welding. I welded a little bit here and there with my grandpa for a year. I now 13 almost 14 (may 19) and got a mig and a stick welder now. so about 2 years
                            Dylan

                            RED BIRD WELDING

                            "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes"

                            HH-140
                            Crappy stick welder
                            Victor supper range II
                            Makita grinder
                            more stuff i don't feel like listing.

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                            • #44
                              Yall crack me up when I read how young you are/were. I was 53, when I put on my first hood in a community college night class. 30 years older than anyone in the class. Couldn't weld worth a darn compared to those kids, then I figured out it was the 'vision thing' and got an AD hood and cheaters and life has been sweet ever since now that I can see the puddle.
                              Garfish

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                              • #45
                                Ha Ha

                                I use cheater glasses too. I like them better than the cheater lenses you can get, because when i take the helmet off I can still see up close. i used to use clear safety glasses but now mostly use cheaters with a clear face shield. Although I do have a pair of clear safety glasses that have bi-focals in them I hate tiping my head up to see. And I'm 10 yrs younger than you
                                Scott
                                HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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