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Thread: Welders of INGO... I have a stupid question for you!

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    Welders of INGO... I have a stupid question for you!

    So I bought a little 110 MIG (Everlast, FWIW) over a year ago at this point and it's probably time for me to attempt to do something with it. My stupid question is: Where should I buy gas? What should I look out for? What should a bottle cost? Are the bottles the same (meaning, will my regulator go on any bottle, or should I take it to the store with me)? I'm pretty sure I want C25 for regular old MIG, but that's about all I know. In terms of bottle size, uhh... knee high? I couldn't even begin to guess what size that is when translated from idiot to useful dimensions. Also FWIW, I'd like to buy 2 bottle (of "uhhh?" size) because the one thing I do know about welding is that everyone is always almost out of gas and I'd like to have a spare around. I don't mind the initial up front costs for the long run greater convenience of actually getting my work done when I want it done, but I also don't have tons of vertical space where I'm planning to keep the welder. Plus I'd like to keep it somewhat portable since the welder itself is only, maybe, 30lbs.

    I've heard horror stories of places trying to do weirdo leases, or not wanting to fill tanks bought at X store (I've seen this involving Airgas mostly, both sides of it), or demanding expensive recerts of you own your own tanks, and other shenanigans so I thought I'd just ask some guys who actually have an idea of what they're doing before I just toss myself to the wolves and make a bad choice. I'd likely be shopping in the Elkhart area, but if there's a really awesome welding store that I should establish a relationship with now that is a little further out, fine with me.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Can't remember the size, but I have a smaller tank from Tractor Supply. Wasn't terribly expensive, and they are convenient enough. When I do run out, TSC is usually open. I don't weld enough to need a larger tank. Only ran out mid-project once, and 30 min later I was back to welding with a full tank. I get the Argon/CO2 mix. Seems to work well with the mild steel I tend to work with.

    Just remember to turn the valve off EVERY TIME.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eldirector View Post
    Can't remember the size, but I have a smaller tank from Tractor Supply. Wasn't terribly expensive, and they are convenient enough. When I do run out, TSC is usually open. I don't weld enough to need a larger tank. Only ran out mid-project once, and 30 min later I was back to welding with a full tank. I get the Argon/CO2 mix. Seems to work well with the mild steel I tend to work with.

    Just remember to turn the valve off EVERY TIME.
    TSC refills bottles? Do they all do it or just some of them?

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    Keep an eye on craigslist and you can probably score a bottle or two sufficient for your usage. I have two CO2/Argon bottles about 3 ft tall. When one goes dry I hook up the other one and keep going. This allows me to refill at my convenience. I have found that airgas wants around $90 to exchange one but I do it through work so it's only about 30.

    I've never tried to refill them or exchange them anywhere else so it may be cheaper going those routes. I've found that if you end up with an oddball bottle or size they'll typically swap it for a conventional size for no cost if you "promise to always come back here" for refills.

    And as state above; ALWAYS CLOSE THE VALVE

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    Flux core can weld a bunch of mild steel pretty easily. If and when you are going into thicker material, you will need a gas tank or two. You didn't really get into your projects or material choice so it's kinda hard to guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KokomoDave View Post
    Flux core can weld a bunch of mild steel pretty easily. If and when you are going into thicker material, you will need a gas tank or two. You didn't really get into your projects or material choice so it's kinda hard to guess.
    I already have some flux core, but I'd like to avoid the spatter. I'm doing primarily sheet metal stuff. I imagine the first victims will be exhaust system stuff.

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    I'll add that .030" wire is a good middle of the road size. It's easier to work with on thinner stuff than .035" and it won't run out as fast. And always shut the gas off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwelhse View Post
    TSC refills bottles? Do they all do it or just some of them?
    I'd call your local store first. The one here doesn't carry any welding tanks, let alone refill them.
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    I get my bottles from Rural King. #4 bottles last a long time. The first time is more expensive because you have to "buy" a bottle, then exchange just like propane. I'm thinking it's around $60 to exchange.

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    I believe TSC does an exchange not refill. Kind of like blue rhino for propane. Northern tool does the same thing.

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