Old 11th September 2019, 07:15 PM #1
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Gonna have to start somewhere

MIG, TIG or ARC?
I'll only use if for the bikes to start with.
And will the occasional aldi/lidl yokes do me for me or should I look elsewhere?
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Old 11th September 2019, 07:40 PM #2
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Re: Gonna have to start somewhere

Start with TIG and do a course if you can.

I did this one last year and really enjoyed it. For the price, you'll save yourself a ton of gas/materials while you practice and you might even find out its not for you before spending a ton on machines etc.
https://dublintrainingcentres.ie/cou...ourseId=257308

Since buying a TIG machine myself (christmas present) Ive only used it for stick welding bits n bobs but it was pretty easy to pick up based on what I experienced doing that course. One I have the money for Argon and filler rods, I'll be good to go.

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Old 11th September 2019, 08:17 PM #3
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Solid.
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Depends what you are doing, for a bit of everything I'd recommend mig. I find it a hell of a lot easier than arc as there is no striking the electrode and having to adjust your hand as the electrode is used up. If you are on a budget you can weld with a cheap arc welder and it will be ok, a cheap mig welder will break your heart. I've never tig welded but I know a few people who say it is a lot harder to pick up as you need to use both hands and you need to be steady to get a good weld. A half decent mig welder will probably set you back €500, with arc you could start anywhere from Aldi's stuff depending on thickness you need to weld. I could go on all day about pros and cons if you want that it's all online already. If buying mig try and get a machine with metal gears in the wire feed and a euro torch and it should last a lifetime at hobby use. Even considering price I'd go mig all day long.
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For a weekend warrior, I'd say MIG is way easier. You can even use flux core wire for gas-less welding which does a decent enough job for a DIY job. I bought a cheap but decent MIG from iedepot and works like a charm.

Don't cheap out on a good mask and gloves.


Doing the course would certainly be extremely advisable if you're serious about it, I hope I have the time to do it at some point.
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I have a Lidl mig, works grand for what I need, throw out the shitty wire they supply and get something decent like Clarke, get a auto darkening mask, with a little practice I got good results, maybe not the prettiest welds but still sticks metal together, have fixed my trailer and made a set of steel gates so far
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Suggest ya drop arc welding from the choice, as ya won't find much on a bike that won't melt as soon as ya touch it.

Doing a course is the way to go, stupid little things as to why ya don't weld galvanized metals should not be learned the hard way.

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Re: Gonna have to start somewhere

The aldi/lidl arcs are crap. I can weld good and found it hard to weld with them.

Rod type matters alot. I'd recommend fincord m.

But I'd only use it for welding out somewhere.

Mig is better for fast welding in a workshop.

Tig is the harder one to learn but its light enough you can weld outside too.

Lighter metals need tig. Near everything on a bike would be tig.

And you can do mild steel and stainless.

Tig isnt that hard after for basic stuff. If your into full penetration and vary fancy welds then yes that aspect is harder
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Re: Gonna have to start somewhere

Originally Posted by biker.fakey
I have a Lidl mig, works grand for what I need, throw out the shitty wire they supply and get something decent like Clarke, get a auto darkening mask, with a little practice I got good results, maybe not the prettiest welds but still sticks metal together, have fixed my trailer and made a set of steel gates so far
Grinder makes me the welder that I ain't As long as they're strong welds, you can make them pretty after.
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Re: Gonna have to start somewhere

Originally Posted by RTV
Grinder makes me the welder that I ain't As long as they're strong welds, you can make them pretty after.
A quare welder..whats the world comin to............
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A quare welder..whats the world comin to............
That'd be a migxbqti
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That'd be a migxbqti
Lol
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Tig is the neatest and strongest weld u can do so tig all the way and get an ac/dc Plant u can do m/s’s/s and Aluminium
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