Sunday, March 19, 2017

Top 2 Ways to Learn How to Mig Weld - Even Monkeys Are Learning How to Weld

Want to learn how to mig weld?

Great! Mig welding is easy! Just ask anybody... you can teach a monkey to mig weld, Right?! All you need to know is pull the trigger and hold on... oh yeah?

It aint that easy to mig weld... but there is good news: it aint rocket science either.

I have two recommendations for learning how to mig weld:

Method number 1 to learn how to mig weld:

1. buy machine

2. get scrap metal

3. learn fundamentals

4. follow directions

5. practice

6. write down what works and keep notes in pouch on machine.

Method number 2 to learn how to mig weld:

1. Attend a mig welding class at Technical College and use their machines, metal, gas, and other expensive stuff that you would scrimp on if you had to buy it yourself. Pick the instructors brain for every welding tip you can get. Really apply yourself and listen to every word he or she says. (that's right, there are some pretty good chick welding instructors out there)

2. If you still want to a machine. You will probably make a better decision after weeks of welding and learning.

If you decide to go with method number one, the first thing you need is a good machine. What's a good machine? I like Miller welding machines. Why? Several reasons: made in USA, service and support are great, great resale value, parts are available, they are damn good machines.

Now there is always an exception to every rule so listen up!

Lincoln makes a good 115 volt mig machine. Even though I am a Miller guy, I have to be honest...I am probably going to buy one soon myself. And when I do, I will search eBay and craigslist for a Lincoln 115v mig welder.

If you are going to be welding mostly body panels on cars, or gas tanks for choppers, buy a 115v machine. 115 volt mig welding machines run small diameter wire like .023" and run smoother at low amperage than the bigger heavy duty machines like the millermatic 250. So if you need a 115 volt mig welding machine I will give you permission to buy a Lincoln. Either way, buy used from eBay or Craigslist if you can. Here's why... first of all, 115 volt mig machines are kind of like bowflex fitness machines, nobody wears them out, and used ones are just as good as new ones. You can buy a used Lincoln mig for 200 bucks, use it for 4 years and sell it for 200 bucks. Sounds pretty good doesn't it? Same goes for the bigger 230v machines. Buy a used millermatic 180, 250, 251, or 252, for 600-800 bucks, use it for several years and if you want to sell it you can easily break even or even make a few bucks..or to keep things simple, just get a millermatic 250 and call it a day.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

FCAW Tips and Welding Techniques

If you want to learn on how to improve your FCAW welds then there are a few tips and welding techniques that can make your weld stronger and more uniform in appearance. The two most effective ways to improve your welds are:

Set your machine properly
Use the appropriate welding technique
Setting your welding machine properly is the big secret that professional welders have. It does not matter how many years of experience you have this one is just the most basic and effective. A properly set-up machine allows the welder to focus on their welding technique and avoid other troubles that should not have happened in the first place. When setting the machine the welder should be set on metal that is close to the same thickness that will be welded. This is very important because different metal thicknesses require different machine settings. Do yourself a favor before you weld by spending more time setting you machine properly and less time grinding.

Welding techniques vary with all welding processes. When it comes to FCAW the techniques used vary depending on the thickness of the metal and joint type. The most basic of welding techniques is forehand vs. backhand. As a general rule forehand welding should be done on metals 1/4 of an inch or thinner and are also best used for cap or single pass welds. Backhand welding techniques are only used on thicker metals and in most cases inside of a bevel. The main difference between forehand and back hand is the type of penetration the weld produces. Forehand produces a shallow wide penetration that makes the weld look smooth and flat. Backhand produces a deep narrow penetrating weld that is convex and narrow. As for the actual welding technique the three most commonly used patterns are a steady forward motion, tight weaves and circles. To decide what technique to use it just comes down to what works best for you. Some people do well with circles and others with weaves. It just a matter of preference! The real big tip on welding techniques is spending your time setting up the welding machine properly. FCAW is very easy to do as long as the machine is set-up properly. When you are welding your technique will change over time and even while you are welding on the same joint. Welding always comes down to comfort and it is always best to do what is comfortable for you.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

MIG Welding Equipments and Related Information

There can be no doubt that MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding is a great leap forward in the advancements of welding technology. The almost perfected, all-in-one process makes MIG welding lot more convenient. Load the filler wire onto the machine, set your amperage, and there you go.

Learning the basics of the MIG welding equipment may call for some initial strain. But once you become familiar, MIG welding is an easy process and you will be able to obtain clean and tidy welds. In MIG, a spool of solid-steel wire is fed from the machine, through a liner, then out of a contact tip in the MIG gun. The contact tip is either hot or electrically charged, when the trigger is pulled and melts the wire for the weld puddle.

There is no denying that MIG welding is costly when compared with the other processes. Machines as also the filler wire are much more expensive than stick welding machines and electrodes. Besides, MIG welding applications are also restricted, as it may not be suitable for all types of welding.

There are automatic and semiautomatic MIG welding machines. An example of automatic MIG is a robotic arm often seen welding car frames in an auto assembly plant. Semiautomatic MIG welder is when an operator holds the MIG gun and manipulates the weld pool. In automatic MIG, an operator sets up and watches over the machine. An experienced welder is the preferred because he has the right touch and knows what it means to be in the welding zone.

But most MIG welding machines are semi-automatic arc welding machines in which a perpetual, breakable conductor electrode and a defending gas are supplied by implementation of a welding gun. On the tip of the gun, there is electrical energy to the wire. The shielding gas and the wire are set in movement simultaneously to create the weld when the mechanic lowers the induction of the gun.

A variety of MIG machine models are available in the market. The main difference between a cheap and expensive MIG welding machine is ease of use. Do not buy a MIG welding machine just because it's cheap! Ask some professionals before you buy and tell them the specifications if you can.

You can get a good quality MIG welding machine provided you can afford it. A good machine costs at least $400 to $500. You can buy a cheaper machine, but most of them may not be of reliable quality. But a redeeming feature about a small compact machine is - you can plug it right into 110-V outlets in your garage and commence operation.

But, please ensure there is a 50-amp fuse-or whatever the manufacturer tells you-or else, you will blow out your electricity. MIG regulates to several degree of electrode length and permits for long welds with lesser disruptions and intervals.

In MIG welders machine is indeed versatile and apt for a variety of applications including - automobile body repairs and improvement, trailer hitches, unit projects, farm/ranch equipment repairing machine barrows, bicycles, and others.

The quality of MIG welders and the prices continue to fall as more of them are manufactured in Eastern Europe and China. Expensive MIGs are more reliable to use than low end welding machines because they have more efficient electronics inside and better wire feed units.

Inverters are starting to find their way into MIG welding machine market. They can offer a lot of features at a lower cost than the traditional transformer based welding machines. The inverter technology is currently aimed at increasing the speed of welding in high amp spray transfer, and avoiding the transitional globular transfer phase. Inverter based welders however do not currently offer any advantages for automobile body work.

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