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Old February 23rd, 2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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Think this welder would be good enough for sheet metal? I need to weld in some rocker panels.

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Old February 23rd, 2010, 12:34 PM   #3
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I bought a similar style flux core welder a while back just to do some simple around the house projects. I wouldn't buy one again, especially if you are used to working with a real mig. I would be more apt to buy one of these http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...2691_200332691 If I were to by a "cheap" welder again. I know it is a bit more expensive but it would be worth it imo.
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Personally, I wouldn't want to use a flux-core welder for trying to weld sheet metal. It seems like it would be very time consuming to tack in a section, have to clean slag, weld another small section, clean the slag, weld another small section, clean the slag, etc.

Or you could turn it up to 11, warp the crap out of the panels and blow a few holes in it.
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I had a friend and his dad use a flux core to weld in floor pans in an old truck project. I literally puked on the floor it was so bad. So he had to clean up my vomit off the welds which was hard because he couldn't tell the difference between my lunch and his welds. All I remember was it took a lot of cleanup, reweld, clean, reweld, then bondo.
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i had a buddy of mine who likes to cobble shit together buy one to put a trunk pan in his nova. the welds looked like a blind man with parkinsons did them. save your money and get a nice miller or lincoln with gas. they'll last forever too.
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I have never seen a flux only 115v welder work worth a crap. If you are going cheap at least get one that uses shielding gas.
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I have been welding sheet metal with a flux core for about 25 years now.......I just stagger weld

That being said, its a little more work, but not near as bad as some would lead you to believe. (Try to find a good used welder vs new though)

If you do decide to buy a mig w/tank do not cheapen out. The gas delivery system on the cheaper models does not distribute the gas efficiently. You end up going through your tank a lot faster.


by the way, who makes a welder that you can run a continuous bead on sheet metal without warping. That must be one heck of a welder.
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Doing body work your going to want shielding gas to make it look better.
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will it work? yes
will it take more time? yes
would a real mig welder with shielding gas work better? yes
can you get just as good of an end result withthe el cheapo flux welder? yes

I have done it both ways, with equal results both ways...it takes a bit more work, and paying more attention to staggering your welds, as FORD FLARESIDE stated, but you can get just as good of results from flux core as you can with gas...its up to you if the cost saving on a disposable welder is worth the extra time you will spend doing it with that welder

personally, I would say spend a couple hundred more, and get a Hobart mig that is capable of running gas...you will have a better unit that will last much longer, for not much more money, and have the ability to run gas with it if you decide to spend the money on that (not that it really costs anymore, with the cost of flux core versus solid wire)
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I'm selling my Lincoln SP125 plus it will weld 5/16 with flux core, 1/4 with gas. Worked great for welding in my floor pans and most light duty jobs. I'm stepping up to a Miller 211 otherwise I'd keep it.

PM if interested, I'd hate to see you buy a HF unit when you could buy a Lincoln
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i got the same one and it does suck and takes alot of time to get decent welds
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