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  1. #1
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    Default beginning welder

    1 - what is a good welder to get around the home.The previous owner of the house has a 230 service already runnning.

    2 - a friend lent me a 20 - 70 amp welder 110 volt. I am using 3/32 fleet e6011 rods. They tend to stick a lot. Is this due to low current or poor technique.

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    If you are using 110v AC, then you'll need AC rods. Sounds like buddy gave you DC rods?

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    He has AC rods but the machine he is using is just junk, I don't usually insult others equipment, its not personal, it just is. It is a little investment but they last a long time and work very well, a 175-211 class mig, is ideal for home hobby. A good one without any bells/whistles, Hobart 187. Roll of 030 wire and bottle of C25 gas, couple spare tips and you are good to go.

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    Without knowing more details, such as what you are planning to weld, what your level of experience is, what the brand/model of the machine is.... I'd second what sberry said

    Frank

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    3/32 is too big for the 110v machines, if you do get it to burn you will amp it out after a couple of rods, go to the hardware store and look for the forney brand welding supplies, they sell real tiny stick rod, i am not sure of the sizes but smaller than 3/32, since you are familiar with stick welding, i suggest that you research your electrical panel, if you have the room, run a 50 amp breaker and get a name brand buzz box, go for the extra cost and get one that runs dc, you will be glad that you did go for the dc down the road

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    Exclamation What is the welder I ought to be using

    Ok,

    My friend gave a free welder.

    Does anyone have suggestion of the type of welder to purchase to learn how to weld that does not cost an arm and leg.

    I already have a 3 phase service installed.

    Thanks,

    Pat,

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