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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:51 pm 
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Picked up one of these earlier.

Haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but it looks good in the photos! Only setup for Arc initially, but it has a torch for TIG included, so once i've found out what the connection is i'll be getting a regulator and a bottle of argon from Hobby Weld. And a big stock of tungsten rods and a bench grinder as soon as Lidl have one in again.

I suspect that it will only have DC output (it doesn't say either way) so may not be as suitable for thin aluminium. Should be ideal for letting me fix up the abomnation of an exhaust that the local Powerflow branch put together, and for doing the bodywork etc on Dusty the V4.

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I keep wishing I could weld or have the courage to dive in and learn by my mistakes on junk metal.

In the Car Accessories section I got excited by the inverter, which seems like a good deal. Then my Good Pixie whispered over my shoulder "what? with your recent track record with flattening batteries" before falling off laughing.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 1:22 pm 
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I keep wishing I could weld or have the courage to dive in and learn by my mistakes on junk metal.

In the Car Accessories section I got excited by the inverter, which seems like a good deal. Then my Good Pixie whispered over my shoulder "what? with your recent track record with flattening batteries" before falling off laughing.


I was taught to MIG at a previous job and had ready access to a very good welding set, unlimited consumables and scrap. I still can't weld very well!

TIG will be self-taught from youtube videos with every consumable used to the absolute maximum (because i'll have to pay for it!). Scrap is still near unlimited from work fortunately.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 5:06 pm 
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I can strongly recommend joining the Mig Welding forum uk. Loads of tutorials and advice. We bought a mig welder to restore our car as otherwise it was only good for scrapping. Welding is really good fun once you get the hang of it, though thin metal is tricky.

https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:10 pm 
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ame2 wrote:
I can strongly recommend joining the Mig Welding forum uk.

Seconded!

I think if the TIG did AC as well as DC they would definitely have mentioned it as it would be a big selling point. I have a (relatively) cheap DC TIG/arc welder that I bought second-hand many years ago (from a professional welder on the MIG-welding forum) and it works well. I found it easiest to use on stainless steel. For most mild steel work I find MIG easier to use than TIG.
The arc function on mine works very smoothly although I find it hard to get going without sticking, despite it having HF-start.

Does the Lidl one have HF-start or is it scratch/lift start?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:40 am 
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No HF start, but it does have a number of settings I need to learn about which are supposed to help reduce sticking.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:23 am 
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I've never had much trouble starting a bog-standard AC arc welder but I had heard DC was harder to get going and I'm assuming that's why I have trouble with this one.

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I was in the other week and they were selling Plasma cutters, at about ¼ of the price I paid for mine!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:49 pm 
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I was in the other week and they were selling Plasma cutters, at about ¼ of the price I paid for mine!

Dave bought one of those too: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=208228

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Yup. And very good it is too.

The more recent cutter doesn't have its own compressor built-in, and I bought mine quick after missing out the previous time because they'd all been bought in the first hour of opening by people reselling on ebay for double the money.

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