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  • How I got Hooked on Welding

    Maybe you can also post your experiences on how you started with this tool/machine to possibly
    inspire others.

    Actually for me it started more of a necessity than an intended hobby due to countless repair works concerning the use of a welding machine in my place. In the latter part of 2002 i hired a friend welder and also rented his welding machine to do some welding jobs in the farm like canal covering grilles, pumphouse grille doors, GI pipe columns for post and many more. It took him more than a month to finish the welding task and paid him quite a sum of money. So summing it all up the amount I paid him could have bought me let's say 3 units of 200 amp welder at 2.7K each and a unit of 300 amp welder at 5.5K. These kind of welders are the locally made or assembled welding machines that can be purchased at nearby hardwares near us.

    So after some few weeks of mulling over the welding skill that I have observed, decided to buy a 200 amp welder at 2.5K with some price haggling. I opted for the smaller welder in case I decide that welding is not my kind of thing. Anyway I also started buying the necessary equipment like the welding cables, electrode holder and ground clamp, some gloves, a small grinder and table vise. bought also a vise grip and some cheappy c clamps and a kilo of welding elctrodes for 35 php only. Then started practicing on scrap angle bars and steel bars, trying very hard to overcome the fear of striking the rod to the metal and producing great welding sparks.



    HERE's MY FIRST WELDER, a 200amp locally made welding machine




    AND MY FIRST WELDING TOOLS

    After months of constant practicing, the hit and miss thing with metal, lousy bead applications and several finger and skin burns, finally started developing confidence and when I got it right I started doing small repairs and maintenance work, welding here and there. Then had the courage to embark onto a larger welding project like a 2ft X 20ft GI pipe ladder, a 1 1/2 pipe in diameter, then followed by another,a three footer antenna stand with base height of 8ft.
    Again another project, a collapsible 4ft X 8ft duplex dog cage for my growing doberman and a labrador pups and then of course the dog pen made of steel pipes and cyclone wires. And many more small insignificant welding projects followed and at this time I started buying the necessary additional power tools and heavy duty clamps and vises needed. Am now planning to enroll in TESDA for welding courses to learn the real proper ways of welding may it be in SMAW[stick welding], GMAW[mig welding], and TIG welding.
    Since I have accummulated some number of tools for welding, have already a 300amp yamato welder, maybe a mig welder will be the next to buy.

    The truth of the matter is that this welding thing has become a serious hobby for me besides my painting career, I can use it for future sculptures specially with a mig or a tig welder. HHHMMMMMM very promising indeed.
    Last edited by rosy; 03-07-2011, 02:57 PM.
    CIGWELD Weldskill 250 amp Mig Welder
    AHP Alpha-TIG 200X welder
    HITRONIC 300 Amp DC Inverter IGBT Welder
    YAMATO 300 amp AC Stick Welder
    YAMATO 200 amp DC Inverter IGBT Welder
    DeWALT Chopsaw
    HOBART and ESAB Welding Helmets


    cloned STIHLs

    MS 044 chainsaw
    MS 070 chainsaw

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    Re: How I got Hooked on Welding

    Wow.. That locally made welder is strong... That's the leakage flux type... more leakage, bigger arcs... If your local made welder is copper coiled, its better than those Yamato welder that has the secondary made of aluminum..

    I hope you keep posting more of your projects...

    Anyway, your tools are the same as mine... mostly painted in red.. hehehe...
    Last edited by clayfigur; 03-18-2011, 06:18 PM.

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      Re: How I got Hooked on Welding

      Actually clay I did not care much about the kind of welding machine before kasi I might change my mind and simply not continue with it but eventually in the long run realized its benefits on my part. E ngayon nga hindi na ako nag ha hire ng welder, its now me doing the welding projects here in my place.

      With the tools naman its ok with me if its local or made in china, cannot afford yet the imported named tools before, I just make do with what is available and what is abit cheap, just what I said before I might change my mind.

      Hope soon I can post a WIP project in metal, meron na akong naka linya sa garage.
      CIGWELD Weldskill 250 amp Mig Welder
      AHP Alpha-TIG 200X welder
      HITRONIC 300 Amp DC Inverter IGBT Welder
      YAMATO 300 amp AC Stick Welder
      YAMATO 200 amp DC Inverter IGBT Welder
      DeWALT Chopsaw
      HOBART and ESAB Welding Helmets


      cloned STIHLs

      MS 044 chainsaw
      MS 070 chainsaw

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        Re: How I got Hooked on Welding

        HEY JON ,

        Bro this thread might interest or inspire you since you are planning to ( ehem, ehem ) purchase too a decent welding machine in the near future, he he he he, I'm pretty sure if ever you acquire one, you'll be very BZ BZ and very busy not just with wood working wips, combination pa ng wood and metal wips.

        Bro I'm sure swmbo will be very happy ( I hope!!! ) , marami ka ng magagawa na welding projects combined with wood, for the house uli , as usual, LOL

        AYOS NA !!!!!!
        CIGWELD Weldskill 250 amp Mig Welder
        AHP Alpha-TIG 200X welder
        HITRONIC 300 Amp DC Inverter IGBT Welder
        YAMATO 300 amp AC Stick Welder
        YAMATO 200 amp DC Inverter IGBT Welder
        DeWALT Chopsaw
        HOBART and ESAB Welding Helmets


        cloned STIHLs

        MS 044 chainsaw
        MS 070 chainsaw

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