QI want to learn to weld. What type of budget welder would you buy for things like welding on leaf-spring perches or fabricating basic rock sliders? Will a simple old-school stick welder work?
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AYou could make a basic arc (stick) welder work for these applications. You’ll likely want to start with E6013 rods but use E7018 rods for your structural welding projects. However, I think you’ll be much happier with your finished projects if you spend a little more up front and at least step into an entrylevel MIG welder. Take a look at the Hobart (hobartwelders.com) Handler 140 or Miller (millerwelds.com) Millermatic 141. Both of these welders can lay down weld beads on
3⁄16- to 1⁄4-inch-thick steel. Most 4x4 metal projects won’t make use of materials that are thicker than this. If you prefer to plan for the long term, can swing the added cost, and have access to 220V power in your shop or garage, I think you’ll be better off with an entry-level 220V welder like the Hobart Handler 190 or the Miller Millermatic 211. These bigger machines will have better duty cycles (won’t overheat as easily), and they will give you some room to grow into as your 4x4 metal projects become more complicated.