I'm hoping to buy a reasonably priced, used, welding set up. Specifically, I'm wondering if anyone has a working 220V tombstone-style welder they'd want to sell for $50 or so, or a set of oxy-acetylene tanks, torches, user-owned bottles, etc... I'm not sure what a fair price is, but I've been told that I should expect to pay about $150 for a complete working oxy-acetytelene setup, and $50 for the arc welder. Is that about right?
I used to do a little welding in shop at high school, but that was a while ago... I'd like to get back into welding by making some little motorcycles and sculptures out of junk. Nothing too fancy at first. The majority of my welding will be fairly light "home-shop/fixit/sculpture" type stuff. Eventually there is some automotive welding I'd like to do--I have a '65 Dart* that needs a little work, so I'd like a medium or full-size set (not one of the little portable ones w/milk jug-size bottles). Most of the welding will be pretty light weight, so I could use a smaller torch, but I think I'd just fit it on to regular size hoses (with an adaptor if need be). I don't plan on welding or cutting heavy plate steel or anything.
I don't mind if the equipment is a "older", as long as it's not ancient. In fact I prefer older tools in general, if there well made and in good working order.
I've been told (by Gunner) that the flux-core wire welders from Harbor Freigh are a fairly decent value. Any one have any experience with these they'd like to share?
I'm looking forward to welding, it's something I've been wanting to do for a long time... Well, any way, thanks in advance for your input,
Jeff Polaski jeffpolaski "at" cox "dot" net
"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant." -- Robert F. Kennedy, 1964
"The truth is found when men are free to pursue it." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936*It's a '65 270 GT convertable that I've was using for a daily driver until my wife and I had a kid. Now that I pick my son up after work, she won't let him any where near that car when it's running. Probably a good thing, too. It's a great car, really fun to drive and all, but not so good if you get into an accident.