Networked Learning Post #1: Learning To Weld

Eventually, if you tinker on motorcycles long enough, you are going to get to a point where you need to weld something. In customizing motorcycles, it is essential; without the ability to weld, you are extremely limited in how much you can alter a motorcycle. Because of this, I have decided to finally break down and buy a welder. Now, I understand that there are all sorts of other, more practical things a welder can lend itself to, and I’m sure I’ll do some of that as well, but for now, my focus is on my current motorcycle project.

Learning to weld is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. I had the opportunity to play with my uncle’s welder a little bit a couple of summers ago, but didn’t have the time to really dig into it. My goal this summer will be to learn to weld using online resources (mainly Youtube).

The initial task was to just figure out what welder to purchase. Knowing nothing about welding, this was complicated in itself, and required hours of research. Out of all my time searching the web for resources, here are two videos that really helped me pin down what type of welder I wanted to get.

 

After figuring out what type of welder I wanted, then it was on to researching which model to purchase. Again, with little knowledge of welders, this required lots of research. As a 21st century consumer, I have found that there is a lot of valuable information out there in the form of user reviews. I love that I can go into a purchase informed as opposed to having to rely on some store clerk’s (with who knows what qualifications, if any) advice.

Amazon is usually my starting place when it comes to a purchase, so I spent a lot of time their looking at reviews of various models and brands of welders. I also spent quite a bit of time on Harbor Freight’s website. Based on user reviews, I was able to pin down how large / powerful of welder I needed, as well as what brand was the best bang for my buck. In the end, I settled on the Eastwood MIG 135.

These were all videos that played a role in me making my decision, along with the countless user reviews I went through.




I have purchased and received the welder, and done just a little bit of playing with it. I’m excited to dig in deeper, and really start to learn how to use the wonderful tool of creation!

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