How to MIG Weld Aluminum Without a Spool Gun

You’ve heard the horror stories about MIG welding aluminum without a spool gun—but you’re still thinking of giving it a try.

I get it. Spool guns are expensive and have drawbacks.

Sure, aluminum welding is tricky even if you’re using a $250 spool gun. But if you’re up for the challenge—and have a little patience—I’ll show you techniques and tips to use your welder to MIG weld aluminum without a spool gun.

And you’ll see how one of the most popular 120-volt hobby welding machine does on aluminum straight out of the boxwithout a spool gun.

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Lincoln 140 MIG Welder Reviews: The Models Explained

Read any Lincoln 140 MIG welder reviews and you'll see how popular they are with hobbyist and DIY'er welders. 

But are you clear about the differences between the Lincoln 140 vs 140HD vs 140C MIG welders?

How about Weld-Pak®, MIG-Pak®, Easy-MIG® and PRO MIG® branding?

Most Lincoln 140 MIG welder reviews don't address model differences.


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Quality transformer-build makes it on the heavy side. Easy to use and dependable for the hobbyist. Aluminum capable. Somewhat pricey. 

OVERALL SCORE

3.9

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Best Welder for Beginners? 19 Smart Reasons for MIG

The best welder for beginners, if chosen wisely, could be the last you’ll ever need. As a bonus, you won’t weld like a beginner for long.

Ease of use and versatility combine to make a welder the best for beginners.

Simple enough to use that a beginner can quickly start making useful welds without frustration, and versatile enough to weld popular metals of different thicknesses under a variety of conditions.

And, the best of these machines will continue to meet your needs well beyond the beginner’s stage.

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Best MIG Welders For The Money: The Hobbyist’s Guide

Whether you're a welding beginner or a more advanced enthusiast this guide will help you focus your buying choices on the best MIG welders for the money.

Discover what features to expect in price ranges of interest to most hobby welders, and see the best MIG welder values for each group.

Learn which options are "nice-to-have-just-in-case," and which can make you a better welder every time you pick up the torch. 

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