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Old 08-02-2018, 08:16 PM
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I have a 90 amp Harbor Freight flux core welder that I got for free. Has anyone used one of these? I know flux core wire doesn't make a clean looking weld but was wondering if it would be good enough to weld in the metal for the 2x6 rock slider mod? I also have an old Lincoln stick welder if that would be better. I know a Mig welding setup with gas would be the best choice, but that is around $1000 including the argon and tank. I am new to welding so this will be my first welding project. This is the 2x6 rocker mod I am referring to for those of you that don't know.
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They are junk even for free.

I picked up a Hobart 140 Flux/Gas unit that works with 110v and I think 220v for $200.
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This has been touched upon in the welding discussions in fabrication. Most of the resident experts here think the harbor fright welder is not up to such tasks.
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Would it be possible to do that with the stick welder then?
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Would it be possible to do that with the stick welder then?
i'm pretty amateur as well lol but i believe it would be. Post that question in the welding thread to get a much better response. I get alot of good info from that thread
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Would it be possible to do that with the stick welder then?
No. Using rod to weld sheet metal is going to blow through and make a big mess. Mig works well because of the shielding gas and if you use flux it makes a mess but better manageable.
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I'll be the person who says never by a flux mig. If you can convert it to gas, cool. If not, dont waste your money on it. IMO flux is just terrible. Save some money, buy a used gas mig, be happier at the end of the day. As they say around here, buy once, cry once.
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