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    i just use the frame rack at the body shop where i work 20 ft long and 12 feet wide solid 3/8 inch hardened steel with all kinds of clamps and chains. Just my two cents.
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    What is a good welder for a DIY person? something that a guy could use once in a while on alum or ferrous metals
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    well to weld aluminum you need a different setup then in you are welding say mild steel and. your best bet is to by a miller mig with tig abilities and a possilbly spool gun if your welding aluminum sheet total cost $4500
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    Thanks for the input everyone, just the info I was looking for. I wondered about the thickness but wasn't sure.
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    the ones I use at work are 3/4 to 1 inch thick . if I was going to make one for at home I would make it out of 3/8 plate and 2+2+ 1/4 angle and make the frame 3 to 4 inchs inside the edge of the plate so it easy to clamp stuff down with.

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    If your not going pro. and just doing a few things here and there, I would suggest a few things. I would have someone else do the welding. that way, you don't have to buy the stuff, and store it. If you don't want to spend much on labor, go to a community college with a welding program, and ask them if they would do the project.

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    It's not about jut getting a specific project done, it's about me enjoying building stuff, tinkering, etc. It's my unwind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Nilsson View Post
    What is a good welder for a DIY person? something that a guy could use once in a while on alum or ferrous metals
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    I can see why they put the holes in it but I think they would end up with splatter in them making them useless. At very least a pain to keep clean. It would be a good first project to build your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Nilsson View Post
    What is a good welder for a DIY person? something that a guy could use once in a while on alum or ferrous metals
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    I have an Eastwood 175 works on either 220v or 110V came with the spool gun for aluminum as well. Whole setup after getting a bottle for around $1000. Its not as good as the Miller, Lincoln, etc but for a hobby person it gets the job done and 1/2 or less the cost. The Millers with the autoset are really nice if you have some extra cash though. I had a Hobart 140 and found it to be too small for working on anything remotely beefy.
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