My wife and I built a 42 ft. long sailboat out of steel. It took four years from start to launch. A brass band even helped us with the launch!
We used a Lincoln SP-175 wire feeder welder (current model is POWER MIG® 180C), a tri-mix gas, and many spools of .045 diameter solid MIG wire.
Using the Lincoln SP-175 MIG machine with its new technology was far different than the old wire machines that I was used to. I would put roll after roll of wire into this machine and it would not break down; I could hardly believe how consistent the welds were. It was so easy to use that I was able to teach my wife to weld.
I just bought an Invertec® V155-S TIG Ready-Pak® and have not had much of a chance to use it, although I did test it out and it seems to weld very smoothly. I have great hopes for this little machine.
*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.