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pacodiablo
I am tired of the plastic hood on the MTD and I designed a metal one...but, I have no means of welding it. Has anyone had large sections of their tractor welded before that could give advice on prices and stuff? If it costs more than $100, I will buy my own welding equipment and do it myself. Also, what material would be best? I am thinking alunimum because it is light, but I don't want it to be easily dented. Also, would an arc welder be up to the task?

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Rahbas
If I'm understanding you correctly you want to weld up some sheetmetal your're going to make into a hood. If that's the case I'd buy a mig welder for the job. Arc welding is not the way to go using sheetmetal. Mig welders used to be in the $500.00 dollar range but I haven't bought one in about 10 years. Mig welding is great for sheetmetal because it doesn't tend to get as hot as other methods. You will want to weld only a few inches at a time, then cool the area with wet shop rags to prevent warping of the metal. It can take a while to do it this way but it makes the final product so much nicer.

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pacodiablo
Yes, that is my plan. I have seen some mig welders for $500, some used ones as low as $200, and some new ones getting close to $1K. My uncle is a welder, but he is in AL, I am in NC, and it will be a pain to ship the hood.

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thedaddycat
You can weld aluminum, but need to use pure argon gas as a shield gas. I have a Millermatic 210 that's a pretty good machine, though probably more than you want to spend. If you want to weld aluminum with it you need to get a spool gun since the Al wire is too soft to feed through the MIG cable. That spool gun is several hundred just for the gun(a decent one anyhow). The up side about my machine is that is has a feature called "Gun on Demand". You can have both the regular MIG and spool guns hooked up at the same time. To go from one gun to the other, just check your amps and wire feed speed, pick it up and weld with it. The machine has seperate control input jacks and seperate gas feed connections, the electronic "brain" figures out the rest....

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lsenus
The Lincoln 110v welders will accept both flux core and std. mig wire with gas. They also make a kit for the aluminum wire which includes a sleeve for the inside of the gun cable to allow the aluminum wire to feed properly and can accept co2 & argon gas bottles. I've also seen a spot/stitch timer available to help control the over heating and warping when welding light materials. [url]http://www.mylincolnelectric.com/Catalog/lecocompare.asp?8960=on&8961=on[/url]

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