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Picked this up from a guy I helped move. Don't know if it's worth a dang . looks like it'll weld up to 1/4 in. Maybe now I can build me a full length roofrack basket for the OEM rack


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Up to 1/4" is more than you need for your own armour. Have fun!


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So the plug indicates it's 110V, which means you may need to stick to gasless flux core wire to weld the thicker steel. Some people will say that welding with shield gas is the only way to go. Maybe, but I've made some strong and reasonably pretty welds with flux core on thick steel. Have fun with it!
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Re: Welder...

I've had great success with flux core too. It's not as pretty, but just as strong (stronger if you consider you can do thicker material with the same machine)
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Re: Welder...

You can weld what ever thickness you want with almost any machine. The 1/4" is the max it can reasonably deposit in one pass. You could weld thicker, just takes multiple passes.

Gasless flux core is good if you don't want to buy a bottle and have all the other equipment that is required for a shield gas. Easily another 400+ in equipment. With flux though you must make sure you remove all the flux from your welds if you make a second pass and you have to make sure you have proper settings so you don't trap flux into your weld. Trapped flux greatly decreases your weld's strength. If you don't plan on using the machine much stick with the Flux core

The inside of the machine should have the settings for material thicknesses along with wire types it suggests. If you follow those settings to start with you should be fine.

I don't do flux at the house but opted to get a bottle of 75/25 Ar/CO2 mix and use hard wire mig.
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Cool. Thank you guys! Hopefully one of these days I can play with it. To much work going

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Re: Welder...

I Googled "Forney EZ Weld" and it appears that it is a flux core only machine with no capacity for gas. So that decision has been made for you.

Again, I'm not even a good weldor much less an expert, but it seems that strong welds are a function of penetration, and multiple passes of low-penetration welds typical of a 110V welder running gas and solid wire may not achieve the results of flux core welds from the same machine, on thicker steel. But it is important to practice a lot to eliminate flux inclusions, and personally I don't (yet) weld anything that could endanger me or others.

BTW, I use Hobart E71T-11 wire and have had good luck with it.

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Re: Welder...

A good portion of the quality of results is in the prep work and positioning. The rest is the actual technique. I have found my tombstone stick welder to be easier to learn for clean welds than my wire fed, but I love both.
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A good portion of the quality of results is in the prep work and positioning. The rest is the actual technique. I have found my tombstone stick welder to be easier to learn for clean welds than my wire fed, but I love both.
This right here...when I was looking for the best welder for home use I picked up a cheap Fourney at first but it wasn't until I learned how important the prep work was that my welds started to improve. This is coming from someone who now has both a Hobart and a cheap Fourney.

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Re: Welder...

Forney makes great equipment. You can easily make any kind of armor or a roof rack using fluxcore with a little machine like that. Not sure if it has the capacity to run argon shielding gas but honestly with a decent welder you can make fluxcore welds look damn good its all about how much arc time you have. Ive built an entire trailer from the axels up with a $200 Hobart from Harbour Freight using fluxcore. Don't know how much welding experience you have but a small machine like that should be enough to do all the basic fabrication you can think of. You don't need an expensive machine unless you're doing highly technical welding or ironwork with really thick steel. Stick to 1/4" Mild steel and .30 or .35 fluxcore wire and you'll be fine.
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