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I am looking to make some mods to my go kart and i was wondering if any of you knew any good welding companies with reasonable prices....i am looking for a 3 in 1 machine with cutting and welding so if you have any ideas please share:wink::wink::wink::wink:

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Here is a link to the only welder I have ever seen that cuts and welds, it will do TIG, stick, and plasma cutting. The prices are decent considering that you are replacing two machines with one. I don't know much about the quality, but they seem well made and they come with a 5 year warranty. They range in price from $850 to $1800. The less expensive ones are DC only, so they cannot be used to weld alluminum. If you want an AC/DC machine, they start at $1600 .Keep in mind, you will spend at least $600 on even the cheapest plasma cutter alone. The only downfall is that TIG is your only option for thinner materials or nice clean welds, and the TIG process is by far the most difficult to master, and it must be done indoors, and everything needs to be very clean. The stick welding process can be done outdoors on somewhat dirty material, but it is not suited for welding thinner metals. I personally use a wire feed because it is the easiest to use and I got a plasma cutter for free from an old job, so I already had that. Another option would be a TIG/stick machine with an air arc setup. The air arc just uses a special stick holder that shoots a stream of compressed air into the arc and uses a carbon rod to create an arc, but adds no filler material. The downside of that is you need a monster compressor to use it, so I guess the 3 in 1 machine would be better. Or you can get a welder and a cutting torch, keep in mind, you can weld with a torch too, but any arc process is quicker and more convenient.

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Actually i have done some looking around and i have decided to go with the longevity 160pi machine because it was a cool deal for what i was asking for...i want you guys to check it out and let me know what you think about my new machine...i'll post pics of my cuts and welds when i get my machine...:realmad::realmad::aargh::aargh::biggrin::biggrin:


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Looks like a cool machine, personally, I would have spent another $300 and gotten the Everlast Power pro 205. It is a more powerfull machine, and has a wider range of adjustability. Also it looks to be a higher quality unit. Not to put down the machine you picked, it looks like a very versatile unit and I would love to own one myself, it is a much nicer machine than what I have. I hope it does well for you.

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