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Old 04-06-2005, 12:22 AM   #1
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Anyone hear of a Merlin 150 arc welder?

I may have a chance to pick up one of these for about $100
I don't know squat about this machine though... anyone have any experience?
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I am not a big arc welder fan.....save your money for a MIG or TIG (if you can afford it!).
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Arc welding is ok. I'm not a master welder or anything but I think of arc welders as being used for "glue" type welding. I would go for a mig for more of a fusion type welding. IMO
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Arc welding is hardly "glue" welding. It is what is used in most construction and ironwork. You couldnt use a mig welder in the outdoor type setting of most structural iron work and building construction. The shielding gas would'nt be effective, sure you could use flux core wire but I think that looks worse than a solid arc weld. Arc welding is capable of the best pentration on the thickest metals and is used to repair heavy duty equipment like bulldozer blades and backhoe buckets in the field. Most "on board" welders are arc welders as well.

Peter- Is this at a local retailer or private sale? I would get it even if you cant weld yet, it would be great to practice with and the low cost of operation (no gas, spools of wire) just get some rods and you're set.
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Arc welding is hardly "glue" welding. It is what is used in most construction and ironwork. You couldnt use a mig welder in the outdoor type setting of most structural iron work and building construction. The shielding gas would'nt be effective, sure you could use flux core wire but I think that looks worse than a solid arc weld. Arc welding is capable of the best pentration on the thickest metals and is used to repair heavy duty equipment like bulldozer blades and backhoe buckets in the field. Most "on board" welders are arc welders as well.

Peter- Is this at a local retailer or private sale? I would get it even if you cant weld yet, it would be great to practice with and the low cost of operation (no gas, spools of wire) just get some rods and you're set.
I think by glue he meant it was for heavy work and serious penetration.
An arc welder is fine (and they are the cheapest), but if you get into fine work they are very cumbersome.
I think for fab work an arc welder might be too sloppy but that is just IMHO.
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Well gentlemen say hello to my new friend and for only $50
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Peter- Is this at a local retailer or private sale? I would get it even if you cant weld yet, it would be great to practice with and the low cost of operation (no gas, spools of wire) just get some rods and you're set.
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The guy was pretty nice and said that he just wasn't using it so he figured he'd put it up with a low price so it would go fast. I need to go get a mask and read up but I'll definitely be doing some practicing
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I think by glue he meant it was for heavy work and serious penetration.
An arc welder is fine (and they are the cheapest), but if you get into fine work they are very cumbersome.
I think for fab work an arc welder might be too sloppy but that is just IMHO.

Yeah excuse my ignorace. I was just going by what my welding instructor told us. He did mention it is used for heavy equipment but for more practical uses the mig welder is much more feasible since the wire is fed automatically instead of manually.
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Sweet Peter! $50 is a great price!

I got to practice a few weeks ago with a mig wire feed (first time) and it was a lot of fun.
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Sweet Peter! $50 is a great price!

I got to practice a few weeks ago with a mig wire feed (first time) and it was a lot of fun.
Yeah I learned very quicly why you should clean and strip the workpiece from paint and crusted oil when I tried to weld my old go-cart frame back together. Smoke went everywhere then finally caught the dried oil on fire! My intructor was NOT impressed.
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merlin 150BC

I have a brand new one if interested---won't sell at a give away price. These make very nice welds.
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Way to bump a 9 year old thread. Haha. There is a for sale section for listing tools and such.

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