From:Dave Hennessey
Subject:RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: welders Date:Tue Oct 2 10:26:21 2012
Response to:17857

Welding is like sexx - anyone can do it, but it takes a lot of practice to do it really well. ;-) My problem is that I never practice (welding, that is) until something breaks. Then I'm so out of practice that I do a horrible job. Fortunately, the only things I weld are farm-type things. I wouldn't weld a motorcycle frame - even if I managed to do a good weld, it'd be horribly ugly. There are some things which require professional help.

Old bed frames are a great thing to practice on. Cut 'em up into little pieces (an oxy-acetylene rig helps here), then weld them back together in various configurations. Beat the finished products with a hammer until they break. Even a good looking weld will break easily if you haven't achieved deep enough penetration (I told you welding is like sexx).

A few years ago I took a semester class at the local community college. The instructor's demonstrations and advice helped a lot, but it was basically just practice - cutting apart pieces of scrap metal and welding them back together - one night a week for three months. My cutting and stick-welding performance improved a lot. I still suck, but I suck a lot less than I did before the class.

Since then, only a few things have broken, and for some reason, I seldom spend a day in the garage welding scrap metal together, so my skills have deteriorated.

Welding is a great skill to know, but motorcycle frames, and anything else your life might depend on, are not the things to practice on.


Has anybody had any experience with any of the welders sold by harbor freight? I was thinking about getting the 170 amp mig/flux wire welder and wondered if anybody had any thoughts good or bad. I need it for some frame welding and re-welding on new motor mounts.