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    Default What type of welder?

    I'm looking to get a welder, what's the best suited? There's loads to choose from. I mainly want it for general modifications like fixing railings, but I could do overplating?

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    Default Re: What type of welder?

    Firstly if youíre getting a welder, donít do any work on the hull - this is a job for a specialist welder. However, I think owning a welder is a must have if you have a metal boat.

    Youíre really looking at 2 choices - either get a stick welder or a MIG welder

    You canít MIG weld effectively outdoors because the gas gets blown away, so youíll need a stick welder for this. If youíve got rusty parts youíll need to stick weld or clean then up before MIG welding.

    TBH Iíd just go for a cheap inverter stick welder, pick one of these, probably the Amico http://www.kingsofwelding.com/buyers-guides/best-stick-welder-reviews/

    Hope this helps!

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    I've had the Amico DC 160A for two years. I only use it once in a while. I've only ever run it on 230 VAC. It does a decent job for my occasional small projects, and I have no complaints. With suitable edge prep and multiple passes you can do some heavier stuff.

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    Default Re: What type of welder?

    What is 'overplating'?
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    I recently watched a bloke at the yard using a gasless mig. Didn't know they existed until then. Apparently there is some kind of flux in the wire which allows it to work without gas. I was skeptical, but after seeing it in action it appears to have all the advantages of a mig without having to bother with a gas bottle (and the expense which goes with it).

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    Can you weld?

    MIG is easy (relative), stick - well there's a reason its called stick....
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    which leads to a poor weld causing it to unstick...

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    MIG makes it easy for anyone to get a good looking weld with little penetration/ strength.
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    Default Re: What type of welder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    I recently watched a bloke at the yard using a gasless mig. Didn't know they existed until then. Apparently there is some kind of flux in the wire which allows it to work without gas. I was skeptical, but after seeing it in action it appears to have all the advantages of a mig without having to bother with a gas bottle (and the expense which goes with it).
    But the flux wire costs a lot more - so it's close to a wash.
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    Default Re: What type of welder?

    Hi,
    The first question you should be asking is what materials and what thicknesses. We have MIG/TIG/Stick machines and they all serve different purposes with some overlap.
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    Default Re: What type of welder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    I recently watched a bloke at the yard using a gasless mig. Didn't know they existed until then. Apparently there is some kind of flux in the wire which allows it to work without gas. I was skeptical, but after seeing it in action it appears to have all the advantages of a mig without having to bother with a gas bottle (and the expense which goes with it).
    Flux core wire feed welder. No gas. Quite handy.
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    I have a flux core wire feed jobbie for making a blobby mess of thin sheet to 3/32" and a buzz box arc for making a blobby mess of 1/16" to 1/4" .... yeah I could use practice.
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    Default Re: What type of welder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saral View Post
    I'm looking to get a welder, what's the best suited? There's loads to choose from. I mainly want it for general modifications like fixing railings, but I could do overplating?
    What exactly are you planning to do with it, on what type of material, and how pretty does it need to be?

    In order of difficulty to learn from easy-hard: MIG (wire feed), stick, Oxy-fuel (torch) and TIG.

    MIG is simplest and easiest to learn. It’s also one of the least versatile. Stick is useful