Welder Selection

rdtompkiJanuary 3, 2007

I've got 5 acres with horses and the usual assortment of welding opportunities too small to warrant hiring out. I need a 110V welder. Seems like a Lincoln flux-core 110V unit would do the trick. Typical application: welding galvanized hinges to galvanized pipe corral, the hinges being thicker than the galvanized "pipe". All the work will be outdoors.

I'm not too worried about appearance and don't have a portable generator so 220V probably isn't feasible. I don't see the 20% duty cycle as being a problem.

Does this welder choice make sense for this application?

Rick

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mla2ofus

Yes,but I recommend grinding the zinc off wherever you want weld. Never tried it w/ flux core,but it can be a bear welding w/ stick.Maybe you already know this,but drink a pint of milk after inhaling that zinc smoke.Gets rid of the "zinc hangover" real quick.
Mike

    Bookmark   January 7, 2007 at 3:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
irishbrewer

You might want to look at a Thermal Arc Dragster 85. This is a very compact and portable inverter that runs off 110V.

It is a stick welder which is good for less than ideal conditions like zinc coating, rust, dirt, paint, etc. You could use 3/32" electrodes with it which will put down a decent bead and use multiple passes when necessary for bigger jobs.

A stick welder takes a bit more skill than a wire feed but I'm told that most 110V wire feeds are a waste of time.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2007 at 4:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sandylighthouse

The Lincoln flux core IS the way to go. If you ever need a higher amperage, borrow or buy a Lincoln "buzz box" stick welder. I'm on 10 acres and have the same needs for a welder that you mentioned.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2007 at 1:26PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Place in SF Bay Area to get a metal railing made?
Looking for a recommendation for a metal shop in SF...
chaus7
Metal/Iron Stair rail
I moved into a house last year. It is a tri-level home....
harmony5002
metal compatibility
I have a built in gutter on my gable roof. The gutter...
dustynight
Horseshoes
I have an abundance of used steel Montana horseshoes...
lilbritches1
soldering copper gutters
how diy-able is it to solder a copper lap joint? I...
kitchenquest
Sponsored Products
Frasier Chair - Bentley Daisey Yellow
Joybird Furniture
Black ReMix 6.0 Blender
$79.99 | zulily
Mini-Veneto Pendant by LBL Lighting
$276.00 | Lumens
Kartell | Stone Stools
$290.00 | YLighting
Premium Select Venetian Bronze 54-Inch Ceiling Fan with Dark Cherry Blades
$518.00 | Bellacor
Trevett Vanity Mirror
Signature Hardware
Comfort Dreams Select-A-Firmness 9-inch Cal King-size Memory Foam Mattress
Overstock.com
Vesta Tagine Open Firepit - ORANGE
$250.00 | Horchow
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™