I finally got a welder. It’s a very small Hobart 140. It runs off of standard 110 volt electricity, so it plugs into a standard outlet. It came with a gas attachment and a regulator, and all I really had to buy was a bottle of gas (the Hobart came with a spool of flux core, but I only made two welds before completely giving up on that …for now…).
Here are some things I was aware of before buying a welder:
- Welding is HOT
- You really can burn your eyes if you stare into the light. It feels like sand. It sucks.
- I needed a welding machine
Armed with that knowledge, I decided to become a welder. I did my due research and found one I thought would serve my needs while still being affordable enough that I could buy some metal too. Basically, all I needed was something powerful enough to weld some 1/4″ plate to make brackets, gussets, and other stuff for my Jeep.
I don’t need (and can’t afford) a $5000 Millermatic just yet, but I believe this will do well as I teach myself how to glue some metal together.
I’ll post up some of the new things I learn as I go.