Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 03-17-2011, 09:28 AM
FX4 FX4 is offline
I make paint shine!
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 842
Default decent welder under $300?

for those of you that weld well.... any decent units around that price? I'm mainly looking to weld car related stuff here and there and maybe some house hold items (nothing heavy duty)... want to get started on a custom front bumper as well as I have a decent amount of 1" square tubing and sheet metal. I'm pretty handy with ARC welding as I used to work in a truck chassis shop and that's all we used there. Never really learned MIG/TIG welding though. Was looking at the lincoln electric K2188-1 flux core or the Campbell Hausfeld 115 volt MIG/Flux Core Welder (WG216001AV), any imput? Thanks

Rafal
__________________
2002 Ranger XLT FX4

Got new wheels? Post them here: http://www.fordrangerforum.com/wheel...ence-page.html

Last edited by FX4; 03-17-2011 at 09:31 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-17-2011, 01:35 PM
fordboy95 fordboy95 is offline
Ford Motor Co
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 158
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

i got my lincoln mig for around 300 dollars it is a 140c. It is a pretty handy lil welder, it works with flexcore too
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-19-2011, 04:35 AM
benny27 benny27 is offline
Liking the Ford Ranger Forum
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 18
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

stick with the name brands lincoln miller hobart
get one that you can use with gas not just flux core

I have a hobart 140 and I love it
__________________
2000 reg cab 4x4 with 4.0 and auto trans
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-20-2011, 09:14 PM
transfercase transfercase is offline
Weld
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 26
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

Might look for a used one for that price range. Hobart is usually the cheapest of the big 3 brands and the cheapest I found their 125 was for 359. Get used or spend a couple hundred more on a new one.
__________________
01 XLT 4x4, 4.0, 4.10 LS, Auto, 32's for summer, Toolbox, E-Fan
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-25-2011, 04:36 AM
dryin dryin is offline
florida cracker
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 543
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

u wouldnt wnna acr weld car parts tho would u ?
__________________
2007 F150 FX4
5.4 trition
train horns
fabtech bumper with 3 kc

1995 ext. cab ranger
4x4 automatic
4in pipe bumber in rear
cop push bumper on the front
roll bars
30x9.50r15 wild country a/ts
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-26-2011, 07:53 AM
knightmare1015 knightmare1015 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,010
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

I found one in super walmart by Lincoln electric for about $265 bucks. Along with rods, wire, helments. The flux core was a little over $300 bucks. I was looking for one of these myself. I'm wanting to build either a 1923 T-Bucket out of sheet metal, so both of the doors can open instead of the usual one door on the passenger side. Or a 1930 Model A pickup.
__________________
SOLD: 2004 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0 V6 5 speed



www.knightmare1015.blogspot.com

Last edited by knightmare1015; 03-31-2011 at 08:57 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-29-2011, 08:25 PM
jonnyr1984 jonnyr1984 is offline
Ford Pickup
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 113
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dryin View Post
u wouldnt wnna acr weld car parts tho would u ?
English works best, and no you dont want to arc weld car parts.

Too much penetration for the guages used on cars. It would burn right through unless you use a 120 v buzz box and 3/32 rod and know how to work the puddle. Go with a MIG welder that has the gas option without a doubt. Hobart or Lincoln are your best bets to stay within your price range. Hobart is owned by Miller, so the product is def. reliable. All 3 are great machines as I personally use either Miller or Lincoln if I can. Sometimes ESAB, but that is dependant on where I am working. And yes, I am a pro welder. Its literally what I do for a living.

Also, invest in a decent auto darkening hood. Makes hitting the target of where you are welding a shit load easier.
__________________
2005 FX4 Level II
5 SPEED!!!!!
31" Hankook AT/M RF10's
K&N Drop In Filter
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-30-2011, 08:43 AM
FX4 FX4 is offline
I make paint shine!
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 842
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

Ended up buying the miller welder.

Some pics from messing around (keep in mind I never MIG welded, only did ARC welding a couple years ago). Still took a little bit to find the right setting (hence the burn hole in the pic).


__________________
2002 Ranger XLT FX4

Got new wheels? Post them here: http://www.fordrangerforum.com/wheel...ence-page.html

Last edited by FX4; 05-13-2011 at 03:30 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-30-2011, 07:19 PM
fordboy95 fordboy95 is offline
Ford Motor Co
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 158
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

well you got a couple of good ones but i've seen better from 13 year girls lol messin with ya. Glad to hear you went with lincoln.
__________________
1993 Ford Ranger Splash
2wd 3.0 V6 5speed

MODS: Window decals, toolbox, and my wonderful Girlfriend lol

MODS TO COME: Light bar w/ 4 lights, Brush guard w/ 2 lights, and BIGGER TIRES!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-31-2011, 04:23 AM
dryin dryin is offline
florida cracker
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 543
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

not bad bro .. iam goin to school to become a welder and hel;l they look better then some of the people weldin in there. and sorry for my bad typo last time. iam usin wireless keyboard and some times it dont keep up with me
__________________
2007 F150 FX4
5.4 trition
train horns
fabtech bumper with 3 kc

1995 ext. cab ranger
4x4 automatic
4in pipe bumber in rear
cop push bumper on the front
roll bars
30x9.50r15 wild country a/ts
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-31-2011, 09:07 AM
knightmare1015 knightmare1015 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,010
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jonnyr1984 View Post
English works best, and no you dont want to arc weld car parts.

Too much penetration for the guages used on cars. It would burn right through unless you use a 120 v buzz box and 3/32 rod and know how to work the puddle. Go with a MIG welder that has the gas option without a doubt. Hobart or Lincoln are your best bets to stay within your price range. Hobart is owned by Miller, so the product is def. reliable. All 3 are great machines as I personally use either Miller or Lincoln if I can. Sometimes ESAB, but that is dependant on where I am working. And yes, I am a pro welder. Its literally what I do for a living.

Also, invest in a decent auto darkening hood. Makes hitting the target of where you are welding a shit load easier.

You do know that Lincoln Electric has come out with new rods for other materials right? I signed up for their motorsports program where they offer classes for around $500.00 bucks and huge discounts on some of their equipment. The sent me an encyclopedia for a catalog and while looking in their supplies section (wire,rods, gloves etc.) I found that they now have rods that can be used to arc weld aluminum. Which is kool. I'll look through the catalog this evening and give you the part numbers. I welded while in highschool, but my knowledge is definately out of date. They didn't have plasma cutters when I finished, but they were in development at that time though. How long have you been welding J.R. if you don't mind me asking?
__________________
SOLD: 2004 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0 V6 5 speed



www.knightmare1015.blogspot.com

Last edited by knightmare1015; 03-31-2011 at 09:13 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-31-2011, 02:03 PM
dryin dryin is offline
florida cracker
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 543
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

about a year now certified but for about 2 and half years
__________________
2007 F150 FX4
5.4 trition
train horns
fabtech bumper with 3 kc

1995 ext. cab ranger
4x4 automatic
4in pipe bumber in rear
cop push bumper on the front
roll bars
30x9.50r15 wild country a/ts
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-31-2011, 04:27 PM
fordboy95 fordboy95 is offline
Ford Motor Co
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 158
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

what all have you certified in?
__________________
1993 Ford Ranger Splash
2wd 3.0 V6 5speed

MODS: Window decals, toolbox, and my wonderful Girlfriend lol

MODS TO COME: Light bar w/ 4 lights, Brush guard w/ 2 lights, and BIGGER TIRES!
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-31-2011, 04:29 PM
knightmare1015 knightmare1015 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,010
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dryin View Post
about a year now certified but for about 2 and half years
Kool. There's no telling what they will come out with next. The only welding that gave me fits is TIG welding. What a pill. That was hard to even learn and god knows how long it'd take to perfect. My hat is off to any welder, because that is a hard and dangerous profession. It's hard on your eyes too.
__________________
SOLD: 2004 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0 V6 5 speed



www.knightmare1015.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-31-2011, 04:37 PM
jonnyr1984 jonnyr1984 is offline
Ford Pickup
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 113
Default Re: decent welder under $300?

Quote:
Originally Posted by knightmare1015 View Post
You do know that Lincoln Electric has come out with new rods for other materials right? I signed up for their motorsports program where they offer classes for around $500.00 bucks and huge discounts on some of their equipment. The sent me an encyclopedia for a catalog and while looking in their supplies section (wire,rods, gloves etc.) I found that they now have rods that can be used to arc weld aluminum. Which is kool. I'll look through the catalog this evening and give you the part numbers. I welded while in highschool, but my knowledge is definately out of date. They didn't have plasma cutters when I finished, but they were in development at that time though. How long have you been welding J.R. if you don't mind me asking?

Sorry if I came off as a jag bag, not my intention.

I believe you are asking me, yes? I have been welding as a career for 12 years, but was welding as a kid starting around 14, so a total of 1bout 16 years. My dad has heavy machinery for his company and I learned to weld on back hoe buckets, tracks, etc. After that I turned it into a career with what I do now. I know they make rod for about anything imaginable, as i have used a great deal of it. However, for someone who has never welded before I was merely suggesting an easy and quality way for the man to learn the craft. If you weld every day and you know how to run the puddle and work the arc, then by all means take a stab at arc welding on a vehicle. Chances are, though, that it would end up looking like some took a handful of metal beads and threw it at the sheet metal with some of them sticking.

There are so many products out there right now that things have chaged dramatically even for me. I see these kids come out to weld now that have learned things that I wish were available to me when I went through schooling. Makes me feel old! LOL
__________________
2005 FX4 Level II
5 SPEED!!!!!
31" Hankook AT/M RF10's
K&N Drop In Filter
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
decent rotors? POPTART972 General Tech 16 03-16-2011 01:44 PM
Decent setup? DirtNasty Wheels and Tires 7 03-03-2011 06:42 PM
Craigslist / eBay Find: Decent Deal Rangerman88 Exterior Parts 5 01-31-2011 08:31 PM
harbor freight welder dryin Fabrication and Tool Tech 13 01-25-2011 04:42 PM
My FIRST Half-Decent Flex Kingoverace Vehicle Snapshots 9 06-29-2010 10:23 AM