We offer everything from entry level welding machines to light industrial machines, torches, plasma cutters, and filler metals. The following are some recommendations:
- Welding Machine: We would recommend the 190MP which is a Multi-Process machine, capable of MIG welding, Stick welding, and TIG welding. This machine is ideal for a fairly advanced DIY artist. You can plug it in to 230V or standard household 120V with the included adapter. Depending on the type of project or artwork he is creating will dictate what welding process is best. In this case, he has three processes to choose from. This machine gives him a lot of capability to grow into. The spool gun and TIG torch are sold separately.
- Plasma Cutter: We would recommend the 325P Plasma cutter which is good for cutting thinner material up to about 3/8″ of an inch. Artists often like to cut out intricate metal shapes – this is a good choice that provides a better quality cut than an oxy-acetylene torch. With this plasma cutter, you do need a compressor to supply the air flow. The compressor should have a filter in place to eliminate moisture and contaminants from entering the plasma cutter. This machine is very easy to use.
- Filler Metals: Most artists are working with steel or stainless steel. For steel MIG, we would recommend ER70S-6 MIG wire with a 90/10 shielding gas. For steel stick electrodes, we would recommend either E6013 or E7014 electrodes in the 3/32 & 1/8″ diameters. This leaves a nice looking welding bead and they are easy to use. For stainless steel, a ER308L MIG wire or E308L stick electrode is appropriate for most applications.
- Accessories: Don’t forget an auto darkening helmet, welding gloves, chipping hammer, wire brush, safety glasses, cutting and flap disc abrasives to make sure he has all the accessories he needs to get started.