American Welding Society Forum
I was looking into buying a SMAW machine and the cheapest i could find was 550 bucks and it only puts out 180 amps i was wandering if this amperage would be high enough for me to learn how to pipe weld on
I am sure a person could get the basics out of most any machine. Endless practice and better equipment will hone your skills.
no it is not engine driven
you can... weld it up, cut the straps , bend em. You will know when you are on the right path.
Just buy a Miller thunderbolt AC/DC 225 or a Lincoln 200 AMP machine. You can find them for cheap on EBAY used. I sold my like new thunderbolt 225 for 250$ You'll need a 220 outlet somwhere though. I think you can run those 180 amp machines off of 110 for a little while anyway and you won't get all of the 180 amps.;-)
I suggest You buy a used light industrial AC-DC machine from Craigs List or eBay. A lincoln Idealarc 250 or Miller Dialarc 250 would be good choices, and in the same price range or less.
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