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    I'm new to this forum and just want to say hello to everyone. There is so much info. here it is unbelievable. I'm 29 yrs old and work as a CNC Brake Press Operator during the day and by night I'm a welding student. I started my school 2 months ago, (never touched a welder before that) and now I absolutely love it. I have learned that it takes time and patience and I learn something new everyday. i will have my stick and mig cert. in about a month. I have never had a welding job before but I'm going to take the test at my shop next week and if i pass (which I should) I will get my first welding job. We build big construction crane cabs for Grove. Most of the work is mig and on aluminum and stainless. I don't expect the best pay I just want some experience and the more I learn the better I am. I need some suggestions on a welding set up to buy. I want an arc and mig, but also want to be able to take the arc w/me so i can get some side jobs from some local farmers if they need something welded in the field. One that I am considering is the XMT 304 CC

  • #2
    Good luck on your new career & welcome to the forum.
    252 Miller Mig
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    R - 45 Milling Machine
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    • #3
      Originally posted by metal-doctor View Post
      Good luck on your new career & welcome to the forum.
      Ditto that for me, welcome aboard.
      Dynasty 350DX
      Dynasty 200DX TigRunner
      MM 350P
      MM Passport Plus
      Spectrum 375 Extreme
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      • #4
        Welcome! Let's see some pics of your day job!

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        • #5
          welcome aboard

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          • #6
            Welcome, it seems that you have the right attitude to succeed. Good luck and keep us posted.

            Wheelchair

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            • #7
              Welcome & good luck.
              AutoArc 230 (MM 210)
              3035 spoolgun
              Spectrum 625
              Dialarc HF w/Coolmate 4

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              • #8
                Welcome And good luck

                As to the question about first welder I might look at something like a Dynasty 200 and a Passport. Both are very portable and the combo gives you access to all the major processes GTAW SMAW GMAW. Buy in will be high cut you can't beat the quality, function or the portability. Both machines can be powered off 120V or 220V.


                TJ
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                • #9
                  TJ's suggestion for a setup would be first rate. It is a bit stiff on the front end but I've had no problems and both machine have been great to work with.
                  Bob Sigmon
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                  Dynasty 200DX w/ Coolmate 3
                  Miller Passport
                  LMSW-52T Spot Welder
                  A/O Setup with Meco Midget
                  Miller Big Window Elite
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                  • #10
                    welcome!

                    im glad glad to see that im not alone.

                    im sixteen years old and started welding for about half a year and so far so good i've been going to welding comps for school and just dropping down beads everyday.

                    welding is what i want to do for a career since i love to weld.

                    but i like Tig welding alot more than anything.

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                    • #11
                      welcome

                      welcome.
                      as for starter welders the dyn/passport would get you some realy nice field options. nothing against the the 304 but you might want to look at all the added parts needed to get it to do what you want it can add up fast and one problem would shut you down. 2 welders would alow for a down welder and still have one up to use. not that i would expect eather the dyn or the passport to go down, they both have a great reputation but things can happen in the field you are not expecting. i droped a plate on my Mig cord and it put it out of commishen till i got it fixed up.
                      also the 120V option can come in real handy.
                      keep us posted.
                      P.S. all welders are ARC welders i think you ment stick welder and MIG welder.
                      thanks for the help
                      ......or..........
                      hope i helped
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                      feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
                      summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                      JAMES

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                      • #12
                        Welcome!! Lots of info here.
                        I'm a long time farm-quality hack welder, who is trying to move my skills up to the next level. I'ts fun.
                        Miller Pro 300
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                        • #13
                          welcome aboard

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                          • #14
                            First off, wecome aboard. Second, I agree Dyn. 200/ Passport combo sounds great for you. Third, make sure not to get sucked in with the rod burning crowed. (people who burn wire all day and think there welders, not to be confused with DYI ppl and those who only need to do the occasional weld) Theres only one diference between us and them: A welder is always eager to learn new things. I know plenty of rod burners who could out weld me on a certain weld or 2 but they don't know a thousandth's of what I know. I'd challenge them any day to fabricate a weldment using multiple procceses. Most anyone on this forum is a welder regardless of skill or experiance level because they've already shown a willingness to learn new things by coming to this forum to begin with. Sorry for the rant but everday I see more and more hacks calling themselves welders and less and less welders on the job. I just can't stand seeing the trade I'm in filling up with garbage. With todays lazyness I constantly see new eager people lose that drive to better themselves and start half a$$ing everthing thuss becoming rod burners. Just don't want to lose another newbie to the massive pile of garbbage stinking up our industry. But you've already demenstrated your eagerness to learn so I don't think you'll disapoint your fellow welders.
                            Good luck on your new carreer!

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                            • #15
                              oilburner
                              we need to add a welcome for you too.
                              ANTI-GMAW
                              well put. best to never stop lerning and always kep an open mind. i have met a few extreamly tallented welder that have told me they are always lerning some thing new. seems like in the fabricating side of welding you get many opertunitys to see and do new things.
                              with a dyn and a passport he will have the opertunity to grow greatly in his welding . i just added TIG and stick to my shop and it seems like every time i step on the TIG foot controle i lern some thing new, every new job brings new chalanges.
                              might i just add this, no shame in asking for help. i have seen some of the realy great welders on here asking for idea's and help and my first thought was "wow he is the guy i would have asked, thouught he knew it all" yet he was still looking for a better way or idea about a possible better gas or filler. just getting the job done is only part of the job, try to lern some thing new with every job.
                              welcome there is sooooo much good info here to be had and all thats needed is for yoiu to take a second and ask.
                              looking forward to seeing your projects and progress. you should realy enjoy the welder you chose, they will give you plenty of room to grow.
                              thanks for the help
                              ......or..........
                              hope i helped
                              sigpic
                              feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
                              summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                              JAMES

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