Originally Posted by Boston_Bruins30
I'm looking to get into welding. What's a good type of entry level welder. I know there's a bunch of different types just curious what I should look to get.
Anything by Hobart, Lincoln or Miller. Get a 180+ amp version if you have 220V in your garage, or get a 140amp version if you only have 110V in your garage.
What you are looking for with entry level stuff is wire feed welders. You can run flux-core wire (shielding, which is flux, is inside the wire), or MIG (shielding is an inert gas, which surrounds the weld puddle).
Flux-core is more forgiving with dirty steel, outdoor environments, and it doesn't require gas. MIG requires more prep to clean the steel, and can only be done indoors with no wind. The weld puddle is easier to see with MIG than flux-core.
I'd suggest starting with flux-core because porosity far less prevalent, and you can learn how to hold the puddle and move it to fill gaps and add material. Starting with MIG will almost always yield excessive porosity and frustration as you move too fast or too slow and don't quite understand how they relate to gas coverage. But once you get the flux-core down as far as heat, feed rate and puddle control, the transfer to MIG is much easier.