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    Learning Mig Welding

    Your favorite resources? Books? Youtubes?

    I need to learn how to put that little red box to work. Santa didn't bring directions.
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    I think it was MIT that did a fantastic welding series on youtube ... lemme see if i can find it...

    Oh maybe not MIT ... this is part 1:




    Also check out Weldingtipsandtricks youtube channel... https://www.youtube.com/user/weldingtipsandtricks



    But in the end, time under the helmet is going to be your best teacher. Grab some steel and run some beads
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    When I got my new welder last year, the most important thing that helped me was a little test project to work on that I knew would help me learn how to use it, without tackling something too big first.

    I'd suggest creating some kind of project you can use to learn on, before you tackle the important stuff.

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    Wow, Jason. Great video. Where is part 2? Got a link? I had already found the welding tips site and bookmarked it.

    But now I have a bunch of things to buy. Leathers, helmet, pliers, lube for starters. I have gloves, a fire extinguisher, and first aid kit. Finding a welding buddy will be an issue. I also have a gas bottle which has CO2 in it but darned if I know where it is. It could even be in Arizona still. ill also need gauges. The regulator is with the machine. I have some welding vise grips but no welding table.

    Its like getting a circular saw and think you have everything needed to build something. Hah! The Amazon wish list will be growing!
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    Looks like you got some good resources. I'd hit up HF for some leather, gloves, and even some of the consumables. They also sell a portable welding table, might check with Brent or Ted to see how they like theirs...

    http://www.harborfreight.com/adjusta...ble-61369.html


    A welder cart is a good first project, which I did, but made mine for off-road use...

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    I really like the welding tips and tricks site and weekly videos. Here are some other helpful resources:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ChuckE2009?feature=watch
    I hesitate to recommend this one, because they can be a very rough crowd, but there is some good info on here...you just might have to wear the internet equivalent of ear plugs
    http://weldingweb.com/
    HF makes nice little welding tables and carts:
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ble&highlight=
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...art&highlight=

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Wow, Jason. Great video. Where is part 2? Got a link? I had already found the welding tips site and bookmarked it.

    But now I have a bunch of things to buy. Leathers, helmet, pliers, lube for starters. I have gloves, a fire extinguisher, and first aid kit. Finding a welding buddy will be an issue. I also have a gas bottle which has CO2 in it but darned if I know where it is. It could even be in Arizona still. ill also need gauges. The regulator is with the machine. I have some welding vise grips but no welding table.

    Its like getting a circular saw and think you have everything needed to build something. Hah! The Amazon wish list will be growing!

    Looks like the next one is "advanced"...




    As for supplies - Harbor Freight actually has quite a few good values - aprons, gloves, helmets, clamps, etc. I picked up a few of the basics from there and have been doing fine with just those. My first project was a welding table and that helped me really improve but I wouldn't start on the project without learning to make a few basic welds first. Definitely need a project once you have burned up a little wire on some scrap steel, though, because you'll learn a lot more about technique that way as well as workflow (what to weld first, when you need to tack before running the bead, etc).
    Jason Beam
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    Yep ChuckE2009 gets my vote as well.

    Teach yourself how to MIG weld

    Now I'm going to say something here that I'm sure most will not agree with, that is the welding helmet you buy, spend the money once on a good one, don't buy or use the cheap auto darkening units, the are not good to use or good for your eyes, IMHO. I went through two of them at about $100 each and I finally bought this unit...

    Jackson Safety W70 BH3 Grand DS Auto Darkening Welding Helmet with Balder Technology

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    Yes it costs $370 but is you are going to use an auto darkening helmet get a good one, cry once as they say.

    If you want to save money then use a normal helmet and learn to do the head nod thing to bring the shield down. Even with that, make sure you get one with a good headgear, nothing more frustrating than when you are trying to learn something new and your PPE keeps distracting you or getting in the way.

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    I have a added question about those welding tables from either Harbor Freight or Northern Tool.

    Having had a look at the one at harbor freight, its incredibly light gauge material. So much so that it put me completely off it. I purchased a piece of good heavy steel plate which i have at the moment resting on a scrap ply piece but its going to form the basis of my own welding table.

    In my view a welding table should be

    a) Sturdy ..given you going to put steel on it to weld.

    b) Able to be clamped to so the pieces you going to weld are held in the position you want them to be for the weld

    c) Able to take some of the heat away without adding its own distortion to the project at hand.

    Those all singing dancing tables HF have seem to fit the marketing gadget bill as far as my look at them was concerned i would like to hear from actual owners that have used them as to how well they found it worked.

    Something real handy is these magnetic clamps they come in a variety of sizes.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/welding...lder-1938.html

    and something else you may want to think about is this a place to put your torch when not in hand.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/magneti...rest-3642.html
    cheers

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    I am definitely interested in the welding helmet question. My main welding friend, has gone through a few (things happen, spatter, headbands get broke, etc), after better then 40 years. I have heard a lot of negative about HF helmets from those that do a lot of welding (not fast enough on the auto darkening, still get eye damage, etc).
    My welding buddy said he wished his uncle taught him, what he knew. He learned on his own, and the book he recommened is actually the one sold by the welders are most places:
    Welder's Handbook, RevisedHP1513: A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding by Richard Finch.

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