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Old 03-15-2012, 09:42:38 PM   #16
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I have a small bottle.I exchange it for an already full one,its about 25 bucks.No rental fee.I guess it varies by region.
I have a small bottle I own (just take it back and pay for a refill and they give me a full bottle) I also lease a large bottle (60 or 80 cu ft) of MIG gas and a a large bottle of Argon (for my TIG) the lease costs about $100 a year for the 2.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:32:51 PM   #17
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I have a small bottle I own (just take it back and pay for a refill and they give me a full bottle) I also lease a large bottle (60 or 80 cu ft) of MIG gas and a a large bottle of Argon (for my TIG) the lease costs about $100 a year for the 2.
That's not bad for 2 bottles. I'll let you know what they tell me tomorrow.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:37:17 PM   #18
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I don't know what bottles are going for now, but I "own" mine (Arcet calls it customer owned) so I don't pay a annual rental fee. I just got it swaped out the other day - 35.00 for a 60 cu. ft. tank.
I think you can rent them by the week or month also but I don't think it's very cost effective in the end - but it might fit your needs.
Hope this helps a little. Good luck.

I have several "P-bottles' with various mixes in them... ARCET is my vendor as well..
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:53:24 AM   #19
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I have a small bottle.I exchange it for an already full one,its about 25 bucks.No rental fee.I guess it varies by region.
How long does a small bottle last? I am considering getting a small bottle if it will last awhile.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:05:51 AM   #20
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How long does a small bottle last? I am considering getting a small bottle if it will last awhile.
Cant really say since I hit it,then walk away.Its lasts awhile,but Im doing little things.My "little bottle"is about 15"high(counting valve)and about 6 or 7" in diameter.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:15:25 PM   #21
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I have been considering a welder recently. I have mostly sheetmetal that I
need to do, and I want to aviod "burning through". My neighbor has a Sears
2 way adjsutable and it seems to burn through to easy (for him). I have not
ever welded, I just have a few friends that can.

Is there a welder thats GOOD for sheet metal only? Most of what I would do
with it is cosmetic rust repair stuff.

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Old 03-16-2012, 04:18:47 PM   #22
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Tom,

I will tell you there are many differing opinions on equipment but to do good sheet metal / body work, you need a good name brand machine,( Miller, Hobart, Lincoln, ESAB), and it must have shielding gas! Flux core wire will create more work in have the long run and is made for welding outdoors where a shielding gas would get blown off.

I can't say enough about sticking with the name brands as the replacement parts, consumeables, and service is always available. A MIG welder is an investment tool and one that is easily learned but rarely mastered by self-taught. Unless guided by an experienced person, it is easy to make good looking welds but not always those with proper penetration.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a good Miller or Lincoln and save yourself the headaches later..
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I ended up buying a 40 cubic foot bottle full of gas for $130.. So when I need a refill he said it will cost only $23.00. All I need now is the helmet.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:03:58 PM   #24
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just rent your bottle. Its cheaper and they will fix any problems with the gauge on the bottle.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:12:29 PM   #25
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Well I found out one reason the guy I bought the welder from could not master the mig. He had it still hooked up for negative polarity (flux cored) welding and was using solid wire with gas.I changed the polarity to positive and it welds much better now.
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Oh that sucks. I hate when a simple setting makes life hell.



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lol.. it helps when you configure the welder properly
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