MIG Buying advice

  1. BenL

    BenL Member

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    Hi all,

    So I am looking to purchase a MIG welder that will be used to restore a classic car. I have done a fair amount of research but still a little stuck.

    The main obstacles to overcome are:

    1) I live in Spain so not all brands/models are available, other than shipping from the UK and warranty problems.
    2) Runnig from normal electrics
    3) Budget is around 400 euros

    So, I have found a few options

    Reboot 150 The quality is unknown really but it does fit the specs ( I think )

    Clarke 135 I know there is an issue with the regulator and perhaps limited power settings?

    Clarke 151 This looks pretty good to me, any issues?

    Any info/reviews on Stayer? They do a full range from 150 to 2500

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    Welcome to the forum, Hola amigo.
    Don’t know about a reboot, never heard of it, but you won’t go far wrong with either of the Clarke welders, the 135 will be ideal for car restoration, but I would go for the bigger one if you can, you never know what you will be doing in the future. I think they are supplied with a reg for disposable bottles, they are a waste of time & money, budget for a refillable bottle & regulator to suit, not sure what’s available in Spain.
     
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  3. Nathan Levin Member

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    I have a Stayer stick welder, support for me from Stayer Spain was outstanding, give them a call, their customer support for my issue was excellent - they are big here in Portugal
     
  4. BenL

    BenL Member

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    Sorry for the late reply. I spent a little bit more and purchased the Clarke 151TE which after some playing around I am very happy with but I am still using the disposable bottle. Before I go off and purchase a regulator what should I look for to go from disposable to refillable, I know I need a regulator but what else and is there anything to look out for or avoid?

    Thanks
     
  5. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    The big thing for a small user of gas is the convenience of the supplier rather than cost, you don’t want to have to drive 50 miles to change a cylinder to save £2. Find a supplier local to you, also look at their opening hours, gas always runs out at inconvenient times, although the gauge will indicate when your getting low.
     
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  6. paulo1974 Member

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  7. Mr Roo

    Mr Roo Member

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    Consider GYS machines for car work: their 142 is a wee compact machine that handles car bodywork brilliantly - just make sure to bin the torch for something better ASAP!
     
  8. BenL

    BenL Member

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    Location:
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    A very good point, many places here are not open on weekends which is when I can find some time to do any work so I think I will have to make it a rule to ensure I have enough gas for the weekend ahead.

    Perfect, there is one in Malaga which is not far at all. Thanks for that.
     
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