I picked up a leather apron that is real handy.
There is also a long leather sleeve thing you can get to slide up your arm
before you put your glove on.
That's handy, too.
Don't wear polyester or nylon anything when welding.
No sandals either <lol>...
Sneakers will usually get burned laces of you weld a LOT, but that's
Get a half dozen of those welding magnet things... They are handy.
Welding Vice-Grips are nice.
I don't have a jacket. If I am welding lot I toss on a denim long sleeved
Get a spray can of Pam (or a pump can if you can find one).
I spray the mig tip with it every once and a while and it really helps keep
the weld splatter out of the tip.
Buy a box of replacement tips and a tip wrench.reamer to keep the nozzle
clean and free of slag.
Is your helmet an auto darkening type?
Does the helmet dark lenses have a clear lens cover over the dark lens?
I'd get a few extra clear lenses to replace the old ones when they get
Get a bunch of scrap stuff and go practice.
Practice makes perfect.
A vo-tech evening welding class will really, really help you a lot.
I don't use a welding jacket with MIG if I am welding standing up or
sitting. I have rather long welding gloves which protect part of my
arms. Now if you weld are welding overhead, you might want to consider
a jacket......I usually wear one then. Don't wear a shirt made out of
the synthetic/man-made fabrics that can burn and melt onto your skin.
Did you get the bottle and regulator so you can run shielding gas? Or
are you going to use the flux core wire? The flux core is easier, but
not as nice a weld IMHO. If you are welding outside in a breeze, it is
much easier to weld with the flux core versus the shielded wire.
How dark is your lens? I had a heck of a time at first MIG welding
thin sheetmetal at low amps because I was using too dark a
lens.....just flat could not see the arc well enough to tell where I
was going<G>. Ended up at a #9 or #10 shade lens IIRC. Then I
smartened up and got a auto-darkening hood with an adjustable shade
setting. Whole lot easier for someone like me who can hardly walk and
chew gum at the same time<BOSEG>.
Suggestion if you have not welded sheetmetal a lot.......get some
sheetmetal the same or close to what you will be welding, and have it
sheared into pieces. Take these and just start welding them together
different ways (butt weld, flange weld, plug welds) and than beat/pull
them apart to check your penetration. Vary the feed and amps to
determine good settings. Then when you have gotten good at these
pieces, jump into your 'real' project.
The welder came with the regulator and hoses, but no gas bottle, it also
came with one spool of flux wire and one spool of regular wire.
I don't know how dark the lens is, it was the cheapest helmet Northern
Tool had (the second cheapest was out of stock)... it IS really dark
though, when I was first playing with the welder tonight I couldn't see
a thing until the arc fired, but it was getting dark too.
I've got some sheet metal to practice on, it's my old hood that blew
open. Not only can I practice with it but it's also good stock for
doing some repairs. Your suggestion about practicing on it is a good one.
Jeff, I have been a hobbiest arc welder for many years. I have usually
done my welding with hood and gloves while fully clothed. I have made
lots of little holes in my clothing which have tended to piss off my
wife. I bought a leather welding apron. She's happy, I'm happy. What
more could you ask?
Another vote for the auto-darkening helmet. It's a tremendous labor-saver. Also,
up your spare hand to clamp a part or do other chores connected with the weld.
I don't use a welding jacket. Once in a while, I get a burn from a hot spark.
jackets is; sometimes you get a hot spark inside it, then, woo-hoo, you are
stuck with it.
I usually wear sneakers, and often get slag burns on my ankles as a result. It
doesn't bother me that much, except I get a lot of socks that are holey on the
Cowboy or engineer boots, with the legs of your pants pulled OVER them, would
make a lot
of sense. Choose boots that will be comfortable if you sit cross-legged on the
work on something low.
If I am under a vehicle, welding overhead, sometimes I will pull an old tarp
over me to
protect me from slag.
You can make good MIG welds using just CO2 as shielding gas. MIG mix gives you
spatter and slightly smoother welds, but it's much more costly. Because CO2 is
the cylinder, a tank holds much more gas than the same size tank of mix. You
will end up
grinding most of your welds, anyway, so the "better" weld you get with mix means
less grinding, that's all.
Once you get used to this tool, you will wonder how you ever managed without it.
Just remember that this is a 20% duty cycle welder.
That means you can weld for 20% of the time before you have to stop and let
it cool down.
12 second per minute.
12 minutes per hour.
You can probably go further than that, but if it gets damaged from
overheating, they will probably not warranty the repair.
One thing you can do to help speed things up is put a box fan blowing on the
welder (but not blowing toward you when you are welding).
Every little bit of cooling helps.
Ditto on the auto darkening helmet... But practice with the settings first
so you get the right shade, and the right delay.
This is the welder...
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Your welder is pretty good for smaller jobs, and the suggestion to go
to a community college course is great if there is one near you.
Also, Harbor Freight Tools has a lot of low cost accessories for
hobby welders, really good autodarkening helmets, good gloves, I use
an apron when welding that I got there, as well as a good welding hat
that I wear to keep hot sparks from lighting my hair on fire. Good
luck. PS If you wear bifocals, you will need some special glasses when
using an autodarkening helmet, since you can't look down through the
lower glasses lens to see up close when welding. If you do, you can't
see out the lens of the helmet. Get a good cheap pair of glasses with
your close up Rx in the whole lens.
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