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  1. Sonic4 New Member

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    Hi All,

    I am interested in learning to weld in perticully automotive welding. I first need buy a welder I don't have a huge amount of money to spend on equipment first time round may upgrade if I am any good at it.i have looked a toolstation screwfix machine mart but don't know what I'm looking at.

    Have help or suggestions on what I should buy would be a great help.

    Thanks Dave
     
  2. gordon stephenson

    gordon stephenson Forum Supporter

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    Welcome Dave, You have come to the right place,
     
  3. Craig-SM

    Craig-SM Member

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    Welcome Dave. If you’re on a budget then look at used equipment. For thin material you d t need to worry about maximum amps but lower output and control. Avoid disposable bottles and go for hobby gas bottle type with Argon/CO2. Keep an eye in the for sale section.
     
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  4. gaz1

    gaz1 Forum Supporter

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    welcome dave

    plenty of scotish members on the forums

    im going to link to a post for you ive been down the same road with my first mig welder so you will find im honest and blunt with what i post

    https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/threads/which-welder.92380/#post-1360585

    to note it also depends on the thickness your welding as well the clarke 151 is up to 0.8mm/5mm

    automotive welding is one of the hardest to do as its usually less metal than frame building from new
     
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  5. Sonic4 New Member

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    Thanks for the info will steer clear of ebay i will have a look at machine mart.

    More questions shortly
     
  6. Shedendman

    Shedendman Member

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    Welcome Dave
    The big question is "whats your budget"?
    Factor in things(as mentioned) gas,mask,gloves. Tools,ie grinder,clamps,i could go on,the list never ends
     
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  7. Bbe555 Member

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    Yep second this as it NEVER ends
     
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  8. Sonic4 New Member

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    I have around £260 in mind I have a grinders etc need mask looking at sip auto tint from tool station or the Clarke one from machine mart. I has looking gas/no gas mig in machine it was 210 + 45 for the mask + 8 for gloves. So just just over the £260 I would rather not spent £260 but it seemed a reasonable starting point.

    https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/010110125/

    Cheers Dave
     
  9. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    The Clarke machines enjoy quite a good reputation for beginners.
     
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  10. gaz1

    gaz1 Forum Supporter

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    If you get a mm voucher off forum you can get a 151 blue for 220
     
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  11. Sonic4 New Member

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    I have had a hunt about I can't find the mm voucher can you point me in the right direction please.
     
  12. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Afaik, MM send them out to previous customers [although I never got one :(] - they crop up on here from time to time, when Members get one they won't use themselves.
     
  13. Seadog

    Seadog Forum Supporter

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    That is correct SBF. I've had quite a few although I've not yet bought anything sizable. Maybe they're trying to tempt me into an expensive purchase :laughing:. I always offer them on here.
     
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  14. Sonic4 New Member

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    Will anyone be will to offer me a code they will not use I would be most grateful. I did sign up MM newsletter hoping the may send me one but they didn't.
     
  15. gaz1

    gaz1 Forum Supporter

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    brother just got a book from them will see if theres a voucher in there but will have to wait till post is open for that check
     
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  16. Sonic4 New Member

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    I request a catalogue for the same reason. Lol
     
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