Weldind pros and cons – survivalist forum gas examples

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For SHTF, remember, any of the electric processes are going to be a high draw on your electricity source. Engine powered machines are usually very thirst unless you have a diesel motor, which these are Expensive! Having said that, a small gas engine welder (135 amp rating) with 110 power would be a nice combination as a useful tool and emergency/portable generator.

If only one, I’d recommend an Oxy-Acetylene torch set up with the BIG bottles/tanks. You can weld, solder and braze anything including aluminum (with the proper rods available!) if the metal is clean enough (not pot metal). With a torch set-up you can repair, cut and weld a LOT of stuff. Side note is you have to have special tips to cut with propane or natural gas as opposed to the acetylene tips that typically come with the kit.

Battery powered welder??? I think not! Except for some specialised stud welders that tack a small wire. The amp/hours needed is more than modern battery technology can make without serious weight issues. Heck you can do some simple welding off a V8 engines’ alternator.

A stick welder that can weld a (.004") aluminum soda can together sound enough to even hold water??? Nah! Aint happening. Not even on a 1950’s steel Coke or beer can. Even a highly skilled TIG welder that knew "The Tricks" would have issues.

TIG welding as was mentioned can be done with any "Stick" welder whether it be AC or DC. Just have to buy the torch, regulator and gas. Limited application and practicality though. Funny is that 90% of my welding projects at home is TIG welded and done with a Miller MaxStar 150 amp tig unit. I like it cuz it’s clean and quiet. I even built an anvil (130 pounds) with it. I have 4 Welding units at home and that is my go-to machine.

For SHTF, remember, any of the electric processes are going to be a high draw on your electricity source. Engine powered machines are usually very thirst unless you have a diesel motor, which these are Expensive! Having said that, a small gas engine welder (135 amp rating) with 110 power would be a nice combination as a useful tool and emergency/portable generator.

If only one, I’d recommend an Oxy-Acetylene torch set up with the BIG bottles/tanks. You can weld, solder and braze anything including aluminum (with the proper rods available!) if the metal is clean enough (not pot metal). With a torch set-up you can repair, cut and weld a LOT of stuff. Side note is you have to have special tips to cut with propane or natural gas as opposed to the acetylene tips that typically come with the kit.

Battery powered welder??? I think not! Except for some specialised stud welders that tack a small wire. The amp/hours needed is more than modern battery technology can make without serious weight issues. Heck you can do some simple welding off a V8 engines’ alternator.

A stick welder that can weld a (.004") aluminum soda can together sound enough to even hold water??? Nah! Aint happening. Not even on a 1950’s steel Coke or beer can. Even a highly skilled TIG welder that knew "The Tricks" would have issues.

TIG welding as was mentioned can be done with any "Stick" welder whether it be AC or DC. Just have to buy the torch, regulator and gas. Limited application and practicality though. Funny is that 90% of my welding projects at home is TIG welded and done with a Miller MaxStar 150 amp tig unit. I like it cuz it’s clean and quiet. I even built an anvil (130 pounds) with it. I have 4 Welding units at home and that is my go-to machine.

For SHTF, remember, any of the electric processes are going to be a high draw on your electricity source. Engine powered machines are usually very thirst unless you have a diesel motor, which these are Expensive! Having said that, a small gas engine welder (135 amp rating) with 110 power would be a nice combination as a useful tool and emergency/portable generator.

If only one, I’d recommend an Oxy-Acetylene torch set up with the BIG bottles/tanks. You can weld, solder and braze anything including aluminum (with the proper rods available!) if the metal is clean enough (not pot metal). With a torch set-up you can repair, cut and weld a LOT of stuff. Side note is you have to have special tips to cut with propane or natural gas as opposed to the acetylene tips that typically come with the kit.

Battery powered welder??? I think not! Except for some specialised stud welders that tack a small wire. The amp/hours needed is more than modern battery technology can make without serious weight issues. Heck you can do some simple welding off a V8 engines’ alternator.

A stick welder that can weld a (.004") aluminum soda can together sound enough to even hold water??? Nah! Aint happening. Not even on a 1950’s steel Coke or beer can. Even a highly skilled TIG welder that knew "The Tricks" would have issues.

TIG welding as was mentioned can be done with any "Stick" welder whether it be AC or DC. Just have to buy the torch, regulator and gas. Limited application and practicality though. Funny is that 90% of my welding projects at home is TIG welded and done with a Miller MaxStar 150 amp tig unit. I like it cuz it’s clean and quiet. I even built an anvil (130 pounds) with it. I have 4 Welding units at home and that is my go-to machine.