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Chas in Me    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:04:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I visited the most awesome junkyard I ever saw the other day. It was a place where the owner bought factory equipment.

As I drove around, all I could see was yard art. Dinosaurs, train engines, whirly gigs and the like. It was amazing.

Talking with some buddies about buying a welder, lead to the issue of what's best. Stick or MIG.

Any ideas, hints or other thoughts would be appreciated.

PS I haven't run this by the Board of Directors yet, but there is a boiler and a crane cab that along with some huge belt pullies would make a heck of a steam engine. :) :)

TimV    Posted 06-29-2004 at 08:22:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chas: You're going to get a heckuvalotta different answers on this one, but if you're welding small stuff (1/4" and below) a 110 Mig is your best bet. This is particularly true if you're a novice welder. If you're putting together larger stuff, get a stick. You can pick up used Lincoln AC225 "tombstone" welders for around $100 all over the place, and they're perfectly adequate for 90% of welding that the average Joe is ever going to do. I've got both a 110 MIG (Hobart Handler 135) and a Lincoln AC225, and I can do anything from sheet metal up to 1/2" (or more if I groove it) with these two welders.

Alias    Posted 06-28-2004 at 20:19:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
here ya go Chas.

Clod    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:26:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chas,,If you ask..Then you better get a stick rod machine.That is all I can run..But the guys in the shop are always cutting that little wire off. I tried it but I just use what Im used to..I love those big junk yards.. Obsolete and industrial stuff. Millitary too.

HEY CLOD???    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:49:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where do you find a military junkyard. That must be awesome picking. LOL

Chance    Posted 07-10-2004 at 20:43:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am looking to find some lenses off of military junkyard spy
planes do you know ware these junkyards are

Clod    Posted 06-28-2004 at 20:07:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh there are surplus sales.. There was one in Houston on OST.. But my boss has bought powerplants he uses at his deer camp..The mill does not bury everthing when they get new stuff,

Fawteen    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:31:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems like a lot of folks that learned on stick have trouble adapting to the wire feed.

I'd never held an electrode when I decided to take an adult ed course cuz I'd always wanted to learn how to weld. We played with gas torches, stick welders and MIG welders. As long as it's flat work, (no vertical, out of position or overhead) I can weld fairly well with a torch and somewhat less well with a stick (particularly with 6011 rod). I picked up MIG right off, fewer things to think about, I guess.

Still can't run a vertical bead worth a hoot, but that's mostly inexperience and lack of practice.

Fawteen    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:24:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love to play with yard art projects (see the link).

For an amateur welder that will be working mostly with relatively light material, MIG is the ONLY way to go. I had my 13 year old grandson running acceptable welds after about 15 minutes of instruction.

Chas in Me    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:33:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice work. That's not what I have in mind to do, but I like what you do. I really like the turtle. I may steal that one from you.:)

Do you live in Southern, Maine. If so, have you ever seen the field in or near Whitefield where the guy has built the icredible works of art from old farm equipment? That work is amazing. We found it by accident one day taking back roads from Wiscasset to Augusta. Its really something to see.
Thanks for the info on the welder.

Fawteen    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:37:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks. I live in Downeast Maine, across Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor. Haven't seen the place you speak of, but I do get down Disgusta way on occasion, I'll look for it.

If you're gonna play with the heavier stuff (1/2" and thicker) it'd certainly be worth your time to learn to use a stick welder. That's one limitation of the MIG units, they get SERIOUSLY expensive when ya move up to the big rigs.

My little Lincoln SP135 ruined he!! out of a $700 bill, and it's only rated up to 1/4" for single-pass welding.

Chas in Me    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:42:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will look up some route numbers and post them to you on another day/evening. Gotta find the "Gazeteer".

Thanks again for the info.

Just an old "County boy".


Chas in Me    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:41:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will look up some route numbers and post them to you on another day/evening.

Thanks again for the info.

Just an old "County boy".


Clod    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:29:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Neat stuff up there.

~Lenore    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:33:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love both, really nice!

Fawteen    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:32:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks. Gives me an excuse to cruise on trash day and add to my junkpile...":^)

Heh Heh Heh    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:35:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Laughin about cruisin on junk day.

Fawteen    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:39:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I prefer to think of it as Creative Recycling...


Chas in Me    Posted 06-28-2004 at 19:46:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was digging around in some trees along my property line and found some old granite blocks and an old tombstone. They are now nicely placed in one of my gardens. I have a wetland along the road that is crying our for a 20 foot dragon.

This could be an interesting phase of my life, the one I'm entering. LOL!

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