I know you guys get tired of answering newbie questions, but places like this are one of the only ways to get honest opinions from people that live, sleep and breathe this stuff. I am in the Market for a welder. I have never welded in my life. I love to fabricate and work with my hands. My grandfather was a master welder and I was always wondering about the art, but he passed before I really got a chance to admire welding for what it is. I was talking to my mechanic and he told me it's best to learn stick welding first because after you master stick welding, you can weld pretty much with anything. At first I was thinking I would get a Mig welder, but he told me for the price I want to pay, a Mig welder using standard house current would not be sufficient. I am looking to weld 24 gauge steal, basically the steel framing bars you see people welding on "Monster Garage" and shows like that. I just need my welded frames to hold at the most 400 lbs. I was looking at the Lincoln Electric 225 Amp Stick Welder as my starting point. Can someone give me their honest opinion of this welder and furthermore will it weld those framing bars? Lastly if this unit will not, can you give me some examples of possible units that will. Does not matter if they are Mig, Tig, Stick whatever, I am just trying to figure out what I need so I am not wasting money on something that will not do the job.
Thanks for taking the time in advance.
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