I'm new to welding (teaching myself) and someone gave me a Linde
Utility Welder 230 but it has no cables/electrodes. Is their a
specific kind I need to get for this welder???
Thanks in advanced
What little I can find on the welder in question leads me to believe it
is a standard 230 amp output transformer (buzz box) unit. 240 volt/53
If it has female jacks on the front panel, you will want to find
suitable male plugs. Unfortunately, there is no standard for these, you
will just have to try various plugs. If it has stud/lug connection, no
big deal. A 230 amp welder should have #2 cables if they are short (25'
or so) and larger if longer. Price of copper will cause heart failure
these days you may want to skimp and get #4. Most hobbyist welders never
run big rods so #4 may work fine for you. Get a 25' stinger lead, the
ground lead can be a bit shorter. Buy a rod holder and a ground clamp
and you are good to go.
I strongly recommend a beginner use some easy rod to get started. Pick
up a 10# package of 1/8" 6013 and burn lots of it on some clean scrap
stock. Start at about 110 amps (each welder is different so this is just
a starting point) Once you get beads where the slag lifts off in a neat
trail behind you, try the same with some 6011 (good for rusty/dirty steel)
You might post where you are. There might be someone on this news group that is close to you and could help you get started. Learning to weld is mostly practice , but having some one to give you a couple of pointers would be helpful.