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    Default Good Welder for a Beginner?

    Anyone have any recommendations for a welder that'd be good for someone new to welding, while still being useful for gun work? I have one of those 110v harbor freight spot welders I use for AK rails, but I don't have much experience with anything else. I plan on eventually doing a vz-58 re-weld and I'd need one that'd work for that.

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    get a HF TIG there is a tig tutorial here:http://www.projectguns.com/tig.html

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    I agree, if you think you'll mostly use it for firearm projects and other small jobs, the HF TIG would be the one I'd try.

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    here is a link.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91811
    I would give T.I.G. the highest recomendation for precision welding. it is not realy more effort to learn, and like anything , once you have it you will be amaized how much you will use it.
    practise a bunch before you try to weld on anything important.
    I think at the price of the HF tig welder you can not loose.
    yes you will need an argon bottle too but you can easy rent them at any welding supply. you will not reget learing to tig or haveing a machine at home.

    WOW pirate !! great link!!
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    http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...xstar_150_stl/
    http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...xstar_150_sth/
    if you are willing to spend some more money here are miller welders suted very well for a home welder, they come with the true blue guarentee, and are very well made!! remember thies welders will likely be handed down to your kids or even grand kids, everything miller is quality and built to last. this may or may not justify the added $$
    I owned one of thies for some time and it worked very well
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    If you have the $$ definately go with a miller, I used to have one and they are the rolls royce of welders.

    As for the HF tig I have been using mine constantly for a few years now and it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate56
    As for the HF tig I have been using mine constantly for a few years now and it works great.
    And done some wonderful work with it I might add.
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    Pirate, did you do the welding on the Plinker kits with the HF tig? if so then I am very glad I bought it because those are nice welds

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    Is the $200 price on the one in the link a special, or is that a regular price? I might not have the extra money to get one for a month or two, since I'm getting a saiga 12 for christmas.

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    Sale price, they are normally $299. However they usually go on sale at least every other month.

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