So Many Choices: MIG novice

  1. Munkul

    Munkul Jack of some trades, Master of none

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    The feed system of a spoolgun is foolproof right enough :) but with that setup, you run into power control problems. Your MMA/TIG inverters are Constant Current (CC), and you'll really struggle to achieve a stable arc with MIG on CC. That's why all MIG machines control on Constant Voltage (CV).
    I'd like to see someone try one of those "converter" kits and see what sort of results they'll get with it, but I imagine it won't be easy to get anything good out of it.

    The best options are either: A good quality conventional MIG set up for alloy like I describe, or a MIG power source + regular spoolgun. The OP didn't seem to want a spoolgun.
     
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  2. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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    Just picked up on this thread, so interested what @lostcookie decided to do?
     
  3. skotl

    skotl Forum Supporter

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  4. duncans

    duncans Member

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    if were me id buy a decent welder then you only buy once if you go down the cheap route then you most probably not be happy with it and then you spend far more money, in the end, to get to your goal
     
  5. skotl

    skotl Forum Supporter

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    OP joined 17th Oct and hasn't been on since 26th Oct
     
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  6. mdr

    mdr Collector of welding machines

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    This thread had to be tidied twice as the OP didn't get the best interaction. May not come back because of that. :(
     
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  7. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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    Don't know what was said, but if that is the reason, then it's a shame!
     
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  8. Country Joe

    Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    Same here, dunno what was said, as I seem to miss a lot, but @lostcookie, don't give up just yet!

    You anywhere around the Somerset area?
    If so, you could always have a go at all 3 methods here, sometime.

    Just send a PM, if you feel like it.

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
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  9. mdr

    mdr Collector of welding machines

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    Experience meets beginner and a clash occurs. A mix of (unfortunate) condescension meets righteous indignation.

    If you know a bit about welding then reading "£300 for a new MIG machine to weld aluminium" is regrettably over-optimistic. However, we don't have to mock them. :(. If you don't know a lot about welding then you retain hope of a suggestion.

    None of us were born with a MIG gun in our hand and so had to be taught/learn at some point. Are we here to teach or scoff?

    Actually, I'm here to learn (and trying not to get into trouble :))
     
  10. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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    I agree with you 100%. I only saw the offers of help - I missed the posts that were removed - but from what I could see, was that the OP didn't appear to be taking on board the good advice offered to him! Then again, maybe that's just how I saw it :dontknow:
     
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  11. Country Joe

    Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    I can't even comment on anything, as I missed the lot!
    But @lostcookie, the offer (post no. 48, above) still stands, if you like.

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
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