Are you comparing flux-core to gas shielded MIG?Which would you get first Gas or mig welder?
fuck fluxcore skip straight to an argon co2 shielded gas mix mig welder.Are you comparing flux-core to gas shielded MIG?
Depends on what you are welding but flux is good to start on. Find some used cheap flux-core welder on Craigslist and practice. Once you've got the hang of it, ditch the crappy welder and get something nice (170-180 amp range).
Every metal supply house has a scap bin to pic through. They sell steel by the pound. Pic a bunch of different thickness pieces and practice. Also, good to practice welding thin to thick metal. That way you get the hang of metal flow and penetration. The most common mild steel is hot roll, it's ok, but hot roll P&O (pickled in oil) is better, then you have cold roll, which is great for all around fab work and is stronger than the other 2. Stay away from Chrome Moly until you get the hang of welding.:2cents:any one know a good place to get scrap metal to pratice on?
whats a good mig welder to start with? Say around $300.
x2. Watch your ass when it comes to used welders. They are usually more expensive to fix then just buying a used one. Also, stay away from generic brands. They tend to be hard to find parts and service for.I would buy Lincoln or Miller. :2cents:x2 hobart 187. But that's going to be about $650. For $300 your going to be looking for something used.