me five minutes, and I can teach a monkey to wire weld."
Wire Welders or MIG
(1) Wire welders or MIG (metal inert gas) welders have a spool of wire inside and a motor drive that pushes the wire through the umbilical to the gun. Along with the power for the arc, and shielding gas such as argon to keep oxygen away from the weld. A trigger on the gun starts the power, wire, and gas. A ground camp must be attached to the work so the electric circuit is compiled.
Hobart Ironman 210 Manual My welder is a Hobart Ironman 210 purchased at an auction for $600 then I purchased a 5 foot tall, 300 cubic foot gas bottle for the argon gas needed for aluminum welding. And we have since replace the gun with a 15ft ProFax 250. More details Shielding gas for steel welding is optional, as you can buy flux core wire for steel that generates it's own shielding gas. The biggest problem with wire welders come when you have a big build site, like a large boat. Because the wire has to be pushed by machine through the umbilical, the length of the umbilical from the machine to the gun is only 10 to 15ft. You can upgrade to a gun that has a motor in the handle and drive wheels that pull the wire. These are called push-pull guns and while that are much more expensive they will only get you about 30 feet. (2) The other and less expensive option is to use a spool gun. These don't use the wire feed in the welding machine. Instead a small spool of wire is mounted on the gun and the gun connect to the welder to get it's power and possibly gas supply. I use a low cost Spoolmate 185 spool gun with my Hobart welder to do all of the welding on my submarine. Spool guns are cheaper to buy than push-pull guns and they can be extended to give you lots of freedom to move around with having to move the welder, but the wire spool makes them more awkward to use than a normal wire gun and the wire needs to be replaced more often and if it runs out in the middle of a weld you will likely burn up the tip on the gun and need to replace that too. Buying wire in 1 pound spools is also more expensive that buying it in 40 pound spools. And keeping Aluminum wire it clean and dry like it should be as it rides around on the gun is extremely difficult.
Welding vernacular is often needed to describe the position and
direction of a weld. All welding is flat, horizontal, vertical or
overhead and most are fillet or groove as shown in the diagram.
Welders then add further description like "Down Hand" and "Up Hill" referring to your position and the direction of the weld. "Down hand" comes from stick welding where your welding hand is palm down. "Top hand", is when your palm is up, as in overhead welding, or when coming around a pipe during the first pass or "root" or "stringer" pass.
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