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The people behind Display4top market this particular model as a professional MIG welder and we can’t say that they make a poor case in that regard. For one, its duty cycle is definitely up there. With its 48A rated output, the model is able to work for 6 minutes straight before overheating. It comes equipped with a variable wire speed control trigger, so you’ll be able to efficiently work with different metals. There are two power settings and an Ampere knob, further making the versatility case. More importantly, the model is as durable as they come. The forced air cooling system keeps the temperature at a nice, practical level. On top of that, the welder incorporates a thermal overload protection system that will be able to pick up the former’s slack in case it fails to do its job.
How to pick a welder tips: Duty cycle: The advertised amperage of the machine offers a headline guide, but the duty cycle of the machine gives up the truth. Light industrial machine duty cycles can be as low as 20%, but more heavy duty MIG’s should range between 40-60%. If a 300amp MIG has 30% duty cycle for instance, it’s on the edge of acceptability. Duty cycle is determined by how many minutes out of 10, it can weld at 100%. Duty cycle testing: MIGS tested at 20 Degrees & 40 Degrees we consider good. (Beware any manufacturer who doesn’t quote an ambient temperature for testing) Manufacturer’s warranty: Always a great guide to quality. A three year warranty is good. Weld characteristics: Make sure the arc is smooth & suits your application. (Some machines are better suited at the low range and others at higher amperage range).
Eliminate Any Extra Welds from the Design: Look for ways to modify product designs to eliminate unnecessary welds. For example, one company that manufactured boxes originally had a design that called for welded lift handles on each side of the box. By simply changing the design of the box to cut out lifting slots, it eliminated the need for welding the handles – saving time and money. In another instance, rather than making a part with an open corner, the design was changed to accommodate a closed corner, which meant 1/3 less metal required to fill the corner. Look for Items That Can Be Welded Rather Than Cast: We’ve already discussed ways to eliminate welds to create efficiencies, but what about adding welds? In some cases, it may be more cost effective to weld metal pieces to a part rather than cast the entire component in a costly alloy or exotic metal. For example, a company that originally used a part cast in a high-nickel alloy found that 50 percent of the part could be composed of standard, structural steel which allowed a savings in material and thus a savings in total cost. Also, the company was further able to redesign the part so that it was more efficient.
Some tips about welding equipment, MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutters. Welders with a higher power output can work with thicker metals, but higher voltage welders will require special power supply set ups—either generators or appropriate power outlets. A welder with lower voltage in the 100’s will not be able to handle heavy duty jobs, but it can be plugged in and operated from any outlet. Any welder with power over 200 cannot run off a typical power outlet and will naturally cost more to run. In addition, welders will either run an alternating current (AC) that reverses itself at regular intervals or a direct current (DC) that flows in one direction and does not reverse itself. DC offers a steady rate of energy that leads to hotter temperatures and deeper weld penetration. AC welders usually cost less than DC welders, but the available electrodes are far more limited for AC. In fact, DC welders are more costly but remain popular because their higher power offers a wider selection of electrodes and a number of working advantages such as: simple arc striking, better penetration, and improved control. Welders who expect to work on a wide variety of projects may want to consider an AC/DC combination welder. See additional info on https://www.migwelders.ie/.
USA market pick: Many veteran welders would agree that the greatest advantage that comes from a metal inert gas MIG welder is its speed. The pace of these premium and cheap welders is unmatched when compared to stick welding and TIG welding, both of which can take a bit longer. For this reason, the metal inert gas welder allows for much faster production rates than the other welding processes (which is a reason for their being used so often in mass production).
Another quality machine from Hobart that has 25A for 190A output range so you can weld up to 5/16 in steel. The power input is only 230V so you won’t be able to use this on your standard household power outlet. The 190 is a wise choice if you’re considering buying a 140A welder but think you may want to upgrade in the future. It’s not much more expensive and you can always turn the 190 down but you can’t turn a 140 up. There’s loads including for the price, you get power, durability, a good duty cycle and all the extras you need to get started, including .030 contact tips, 0.30 flux cored wire and gas gauges. See the full review here.