Everything I need to start a MIG welding setup

  1. Chill New Member

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    1) MIG welder, torch, earth clamp
    2) gas
    3) helmet, gloves, protective overalls, boots
    4) spool of wire
    5) plug socket capable of handling the amperage that the MIG welder demands. **Online calculator link??**
    6) fire extinguisher/well ventilated area/sand bucket
    7) Materals, angle grinder, tin snips, cutting disks, grinding disks
    8)Spare nozzles, shrouds, mig torch service kit...
    9)Regulator, hose and flow meter for said gas
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2020
  2. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Kettle, tea / coffee, sugar, milk, biscuits.

    Seriously....

    Materals, angle grinder, tin snips, cutting disks, grinding disks, etc....
     
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  3. Matchless

    Matchless I started with nothing, still have most of it left

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    fist aid kit, electrical tape for larger wounds
     
  4. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Spare nozzles, shrouds, mig torch service kit...

    Good evening @Chill in Jamaica!
     
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  5. 8ob

    8ob Forum Supporter

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    Some steel :dontknow::scared:


    Bob
     
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  6. Pigeon_Droppings2 Forum Supporter

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    t-shirt and slippers seem to be off the list!

    I think you need a good idea of what you'll be welding...if mild steel then gas would be argo shield. If car repairs then probably lower power mig (sub 200A) so would run off a 13a plug....just examples.
     
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  7. DavidL

    DavidL Forum Supporter

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    Regulator, hose and flow meter for said gas :)
     
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  8. Chill New Member

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    Can I run a more powerful MIG off a 13a plug as long as I keep it below a certain amperage? If so what is the max a 13a plug could handle
     
  9. Pigeon_Droppings2 Forum Supporter

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    Yup that would work (provided it's 240v not 400v).I run the Kemppi off a 13a and it's never blown....think the welder is 200a max.

    Welders do vary though...so one Vs another welding 4mm would need different amps.

    If you are doing car repairs it's the low end you'll be using the most....that has to be low enough otherwise you'll blow holes everywhere.

    I usually only use the mig up to 4mm-6mm...above that I tend to use a stick welder.
     
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  10. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Get a bigger cable and fuse from your fusebox, would be better. RCD?
     
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  11. skotl

    skotl Forum Supporter

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    10)plasma cutter
    11)anvil
    12)lathe
    13)extraction system
    14)more grinders
    15)mill
    16)dehumidifier
    17)another arc welder
    18)multiprocess welder
    19)another arc welder
    20)a different lathe
    21)power hacksaw
    22)bigger vice

    ...oh wait... that must just be me. I'm sure your list is complete :thumbup:
     
  12. Country Joe

    Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    Doesn't Jamaica run on 110v?

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
  13. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Yes
     
  14. henry Kadzielski Member

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    You forgot plasma cutter on a cnc table, benders, shears, Tig, not to mention another welder (you can never have enough welders):scared:. They don't even have to work as long as they look good, you can impress your mates WITH ALL YOUR STUFF:doh:
     
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  15. My Old Landy

    My Old Landy Melting Metal

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    If you can still walk in your workshop, you don't have enough tools :whistle:
     
  16. Mart63

    Mart63 Member

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    More grinders for sure. I currently have 5 and would buy more if I saw them at the right price.
     
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  17. Dan Brown pre-moderated

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    You also require attention man!
    because in most cases went careless about themselves and don't wear safety welding boots, and other safety stuff even if they have. You need to use everything when it is required. Update your list according to the suggestion. Best wishes.
     
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  18. Arc Tourist

    Arc Tourist Forum Supporter

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    A Several items not previously mentioned.
    1.) A carbon dioxide fire extinguisher. You don't want the powder type as once you crack open the valve it will not close completely until its fully discharged, and then there is the mess; Carbon dioxide leaves n residue.
    2.) A pair of side cutters for trimming wire.
    3.) Pliers for picking up hot stuff.

    Welcome to the Forum. :)
     
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  19. Chill New Member

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    Worst superhero ever
     
  20. Parm

    Parm Oh how I’ve missed my play pen this year

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    Clamps
    Magnets
    Hammers
    Scribe
    Chalk
    More clamps
    Bigger hammers
    Longer clamps

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    friend that can weld
     
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