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Lidls Welder

Postby Stovies » 04 Jan 2018, 14:09

Just been to lidls and saw that they have a welder for sale on the 14th Jan, just wandering if this would be ok for some small welding jobs on the van in the future.
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby Titus A Duxass » 04 Jan 2018, 14:13

Mmmh gasless - you'll get the hand of grinding as well as welding.
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby Stovies » 04 Jan 2018, 14:15

thats ok Im good with grinding and such :ok
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby AngeloEvs » 04 Jan 2018, 16:34

I have a Gas/Gasless welder - I use it gasless most of the time as I am welding outside anyway. Bit more finishing required but does the job.
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby slowcoach » 04 Jan 2018, 20:31

I can't see the link, but I bought a Lidl welder, the 90amp inverter welder. They had a different one at the time, not an inverter one. I like it, but it's the only one I've ever used. Just messing around really :-) stick welding seems simple (simpler than mig at least) and fun. 3 year garuantee so keep receipt
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby crazyhorse » 04 Jan 2018, 20:50

Is this a good starter one??

Fancy trying one out??
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby Ant-t » 05 Jan 2018, 19:32

Possibly a good starter machine but I would say that not having a gas option is a negative. I went straight for a gas machine for body work on my van and I'm really happy with the results.
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby silverbullet » 05 Jan 2018, 20:52

If you want to lay down welds like these, you need a proper gas MIG plant. Plus plenty of practice.
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby shaky » 08 Jan 2018, 11:15

As Silverbullet says:

I started with a Clarke 90 amp welder... Love it and still use it for body steel, but anything much thicker and you just don't get the penetration (oh-er missus).

You can get what you think is a good weld but it is very dangerous on anything structural as it not gone right through.

That said I won't poo poo a 90 amp welder as I think my hobby mig is great and a good starter, just got to know its limitations.

There is a welders forum someplace that has a good beginners section with lots of helpful advice.

I've been tempted by a gasless setup as I can't always work indoors but have been put off by the same reasons that the folk above have written.... Lots of grinding can become a real chore.
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby Stovies » 08 Jan 2018, 13:18

Yes I can understand but it will be for just body panels etc I would not attempt anything structurally as I don't have a garage just a little shed,
it would just be for fixing things and making brackets and stuff.
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby Citizen Smith » 08 Jan 2018, 17:24

Well I started welding bodywork with an arc welder running from an industrial auto transformer. Obviously I made a lot of holes at first with the arc welder on its own but then I co-opted Her Ladyship or a mate to turn the auto transformer down the instant I struck up. Clearly this was unsatisfactory being on the very edge in terms of process. The old auto transformer still comes in handy for harebrained projects and experiments though. 8) Working on a Magnette ZB with its thin SWG monocoque body/chassis which my bother overturned drove me to acquire an, at that time, £200 MIG welder and run it on pub C02 which I have used for many years on bodywork metal - cheap but not as good as the welding mixture.

I have however recently acquired a <£300 German (made in Poland) TIG welder - PWM so sadly no good for aluminium - which with practice can equal Oxyacetylene but without setting fire to everything.

My procedure particularly with MIG is that whenever possible when welding floor panels and the like, I do the plating from the inside where you can more easily clean back to the metal and not get balls of hot metal down your sleeves and your collar and if you can't see the other side of the panel have an assistant on watch with ready access to a running hose. Underseal or Waxoil being a serious fire risk when welding although it does a good job of protecting after the heat of the welding . Oh! and don't forget where the fuel tank resides. In most cases I will drain and remove the fuel tank having been present on some very near misses on the disaster front over time. I do disconnect the battery although you need to have your radio code to hand!

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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby sarran1955 » 08 Jan 2018, 19:12

Hello,
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You will be getting this offer soon..

Cordialement,

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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby meggles » 08 Jan 2018, 22:53

I've been welding with a simple arc welder for years now. Once you get the hang of using a second rod (Flux removed) into the joint all is good. I don't weld structural pieces though, I prefer to let my son do that sort of stuff, he's more trained than me!
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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby Ant-t » 10 Jan 2018, 00:27

meggles wrote:I've been welding with a simple arc welder for years now. Once you get the hang of using a second rod (Flux removed) into the joint all is good. I don't weld structural pieces though, I prefer to let my son do that sort of stuff, he's more trained than me!


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Re: Lidls Welder

Postby bigbadbob76 » 11 Jan 2018, 11:17

I use a Clarke MIG105EN T for all my van work.
I didn't choose it, someone gave it to me, but it's ideal for the job.
I've tried gasless but once you go gas you won't go back so it would be a shame to limit yourself to gasless.
Keep an eye out for a second hand Clarke dual purpose mig, you should be able to pick one up for the same price or cheaper than the new Lidl one.
Consumables (nozzles/liners etc) are easy to get for it too.
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