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Hi Fellas,

Interested in buying a mig welder for panel repairs and just after any advice or recommendations.
I would like to buy a mig that can be used gas or gasless and must be single phase.
Iam on budget of about $500 and not sure if I can get anything worth while for that price.
Fairly new to welding so any comments and suggestions will be much appreciated.
Also would like to know if a oxy acetylene will also be needed or can most welding be done with mig when i start all the panel repairs on the HT.

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Gday
I got my little mig from repco it uses 7.5 wire and is gasless .
The wire is easy to get hold of and it does a great job ,only cost about $300.00 .
As they say practice makes perfect,get a good helmet it makes the job easier.

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Hi. see if you can pick up an air compressor so you can air quench your welds to reduce warping. you do a spot of weld then half or 3/4 of a second later you give it a squirt of air to cool it down. be sure to practice on similar metal to the car when u get your welder so you can get the feel before you start on the car.
Ive managed all my repair without an oxy set, altho one would have been handy whilst forming new panel parts to replace rust. I got a $20 butane torche from bunnings to melt any lead filling of heat anything so i can bend it easyier. Curly.

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Hi Holdenfan

I just bought a gas/gasless MIG today. Haven't used it yet so can't comment on it or it's reliability etc.

What I bought was a Nightingale MIG-171 (no-name?)
I'm a welding novice and have only had a few goes with a MIG before (I have an ARC welder though) and my budget was also tight. I'm only going to use it here and there so couldn't justify a great brand and a huge price. (please no "arg you bought a piece of crap" comments everyone, at least let me play with it first).

I bought it because it had 6 power levels to give me a decent scope of settings.
Rated output currents: 35A, 45A, 60A, 80A, 100A, 140A

The price? $495 from a big clearance place in Altona (Vic) that I'm guessing import all their goods.
A photo of it is here: http://gallery.oldho...

I'll post on here in a few days how I go with it. I'll be trying gasless first until I get my hands on all the gas fittings, bottle etc.

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My Shed - Brown EH Special.

Tried my new MIG welder today (Gasless for now). First 'real go' with a MIG, only played around with an ARC prior to this and about 2mins on a mate's MIG.

http://gallery.oldho...

Seems to work at least :)

Now to practice on an old panel and try not to blow holes in it!

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My Shed - Brown EH Special.

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