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    Is Decastar 130AC No Gas a good welder to start off?

    Is Decastar 130AC No Gas a good welder to start off?
    I don't want to skimp or cheap out, but I dont want to go overboard either. I think wire feed is the way to go rather then stick or arc welding.
    Is Decastar a value oriented Lincoln or something?

    Here are the specs
    http://www.decaweld.com/en/home/deca...p.1347.uw.aspx

    Its a 1 phase 240volt
    It is ideal for outdoor welding of minimum thickness 1,3 mm
    Also could I hook up gas to it later if I chose too?


    Thanks

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    Just from looking at the sight you supplied it doesn't look like you can go with gas later. None of the components look similar to my Lincoln (things like switches, handles, ground clamp, or and torch) so I suspect it's not related as it would be cheaper to use the same parts across lines. So it's probably not a related brand, more likely its just your average Chinese welder. Given that it only has 2 power settings it's likely not going to give you a lot of options to get just the right weld, unless it's really cheap I'd keep an eye on kijiji for a good deal on a good brand.

    On the other hand I'm by no means gods gift to welding, I picked up my first welder on an Xmas sale and have yet to burn any metal so this is all just theory from YouTube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markz View Post
    Is Decastar 130AC No Gas a good welder to start off?
    Tell us what you are wanting to weld. That will help get the desired advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by markz View Post
    I don't want to skimp or cheap out, but I dont want to go overboard either.
    Make no mistake, that welder is as cheap and chincy as it gets. I would call that skimping out.


    Quote Originally Posted by markz View Post
    I think wire feed is the way to go rather then stick or arc welding.
    Mig would be the way to go in most instances...but without knowing what you are welding, it may not be.


    Quote Originally Posted by markz View Post
    Is Decastar a value oriented Lincoln or something?
    Lincoln does not offer something comparable to that unit to the best of knowledge


    Quote Originally Posted by markz View Post
    Also could I hook up gas to it later if I chose too?
    Hard to say with the minimal specs provided but it would seem unlikely.
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    Depending on what you are welding... it will work but will be a pain for parts and service as well as most of the china cheep welders do not come wired and parts and service suck . just go get a princess auto mig they make it easy to order wire and parts and is cheep enough to get you buring. can get gas set up later and in Canada.
    go 200 amps will be able to do sheet metal up to heavy wall tube . and watch duty cycle s as it tells you the working efficency of your machine the higher the % the better the machine
    I weld for a living and can weld with a car battery and a coat hanger if I have to but doesnt make it practical
    I have miller Tig and princess mig works great for at home just dont buy anything green.....

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