ChuckE2009 has some pretty good welding videos on his channel on youtube. Plus, he also collects and repairs old tractors. Think he has 11 or 12 now. Also does reviews on tools and all kinds of build projects. It is really refreshing to see a young guy come up the way he has.
Flaken, thanks for the link, don't think I've seen any of his videos before. Hoping to do some things to make my 3 pt. hitch more valueable to me like a carrier for tools, pole lift, small forks to lift thing just a bit off the ground, etc... After I retire next year I will probably see if I can get into a welding class close by.
before u do anything read the instructions first.. get to know what happens when u makes mistakes.. do a lotta welds on scrap metal.. did u get tank of GAS.. or does it use flux- core wire
I bought one before I retired in 2011.. it has a GAS tank.. the tank is now about empty..
Whirly, just doing flux core to start, bought the welding hammer and I have a grinder to clean thing up. I plan to do some small welds on things that if I mess up won't cause me any grief. The feeder on the chipper is about the same thickness as a car fender so I suspect you can blow through it with too aggressive of a weld. Somewhere down the road I'd like to re-fab it with some heavier steel or at least reinforce the weak areas. I will try the 20/80 gas a little later, I made sure to buy a welder that allows the use of shielding gas.
First, make sure the metal is clean and rust free before welding (how clean it has to be will vary depending on if you use flux-core or solid wire in your mig welder).
Second, get a good welding helmet. Your eyes are worth more than the cheapest welding helmet available... And cover up, even if it's warm out. It prevents skin burns (both from uv rays as well as flaming hot sparks). Even shoes. You'll feel it when that hot bit of metal falls on your sandal/synthetic shoe, melts through it in 1/2 second, then sits on top of your foot where it's no longer that easy to get out.
Third practice. weld some scrap metal together, of varying thicknesses, cut them apart, see how well you got weld penetration, see how strong the weld is, then weld some more. Read through the manual, and make use of the charts for the settings to use for various thickness of material. You'll need to play with them a bit, to see what works for welding different thickness metals together.
Dave, funny you should say that. I watched a guy doing some welding for me and he didn't clean the rust very well and he kept getting poor welds across the item. I asked him if that was normal and he looked at me and said, "no but you didn't clean it very well and I don't have time!" So I never took any work back to him! But I did learn that it really needs cleaned before starting to weld. I have to pick up a long sleeve shirt but I have the gloves, apron, boots, and a helmet, maybe not the best but we'll see. Also picked up some holding vises and magnet holders to help and a set of wire brushes to get areas the grinder can't get to. I will read everything I can and watch several more videos, I was even watching some TiG welding videos although I really don't have any intention of going that far. To me this will be a hands-on learning experience.