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- Sep 21, 2022
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- Rockville, Utahhhhh
Where else on this planet can you find this level of entertainment?
That welder does not have an adapter that you pull off so you can put on the small spool of wire?YESSS!! The cigweld has retired, I had got to the point where the tip had arc'd inside the very end and i couldn't run the wire through it,
So it was off to Bunnings and came home with this
180 combo mig,stick n Tig, I'm doubting the tig capabilities of this coz @ $435.0 its really what you'd pay for a quality stick or decent small mig, but we'll see as time goes by, it's only light duty but I really can't wait for a chance to join some aluminium, for now it's continue with brackets and stuff.
And we have yet another son of kradus "cant believe I didn't see this" View attachment 216737
The new welder takes a 5kg spool of wire, I of course was wanting to use the small 1kg that's leftover from the cigweld. Grrrrrr dammit when will I ever learn
Ran out of time today, I'll grabb some wire tomorrow
its the warranty.... if it dies within 2 yrs its the replacement etc, there was models up from this but nudging $1k and then some ha ha . this is good enough for home, I doubt it would be worthy on a worksite!....maybe to destroy and throw empty beer cans at after work on a friday afternoon.I’ve never owned a MIG welder and I have never used one that was inexpensive in any way. But I’ve used some nice Lincoln equipment from 30 years ago that I thought was worth owning if I’d had the money at the time.
All I know about these new machines as what I read on the Internet and some of it has been discouraging. One of the things that I’ve seen repeatedly is that you should make sure that the main internal ground strap to the DINSE connector, And any little grounds for the circuitboard are substantial. I’ve read reports of very thin copper straps being used on some welders of this class, Where are you cannot see them with the covers on.
No Gas?The new welder has its very own home atop of the steel filing draws, the welding bench is only 3 feet away and the hose gets to be off the ground and wont get stood on and kinked.
Yes the welds are getting better but an awful long way to go LOLView attachment 217438 I even chucked a mount on the wall for the earth and torch.
View attachment 217439 Been a lot of fun making the brackets etc so im starting to get a feel for the correct amp and wire speeds, Soon guy's soon.... Maybe my welds will get better.
What I’m trying to tell you is it’s probably a pretty good welder, but it might have this one common flaw that you should look for.its the warranty.... if it dies within 2 yrs its the replacement etc, there was models up from this but nudging $1k and then some ha ha . this is good enough for home, I doubt it would be worthy on a worksite!....maybe to destroy and throw empty beer cans at after work on a friday afternoon.
its light yrs ahead of the cigweld and i too have used some good gear when I worked at flour mills and feed mills.
Actually when we first bought our home in 2003 I was setting up the shed and I bought a used stick welder off this old european bloke here and it was called "The Briefcase" its still my go to welder for heavy plate and only 120 amp... but a genuine 120 amps, has a Giant roaring arc on it and it must weigh in at 30kg, it's a real old beast from the 80's I think! but man its still alive n well . he also sold me a bosch 100mm anlgle grinder.. I got both for $100, both still cranking like never before and this guy had owned this gear for yrs before I came along, he was replacing it all and was retired.
Different gas too, which is why I don’t have a MIG gun set up for my TIG box.Not yet, takes gas for mig n tig!, all in due time!
Ummmmm there you go, ive never heard of spray arc welding LOL, it must be hilarious for some to see my hard work looking like a dropped pie, its all good, its all in the name of fun, its counting towards valuable practise for when i decide im ready to build my motorbike! and that means a long way to go, the main thing is I know myself im nowhere near ready to do structural frame work for machines that are capable of 60mph+ Ha ha ha !Different gas too, which is why I don’t have a MIG gun set up for my TIG box.
A decent size gas bottle is very expensive nowadays. I have oxygen, acetylene, and argon, but no CO2 mix for MIG.
A friend and myself built about three dozen new Trash racks for the Friant Kern Canal, and had them all galvanized. We did that using spray-arc welding, because it is so fast and silent.
But there’s yet another gas mixture required which has oxygen in it.
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