Same here - they are my favorite style to use.
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Same here - they are my favorite style to use.
Go to the miller website and download the free manual - it lists the proper settings for your dials.
After reading that, ask specific questions on the ones that still are confusing.
They are interesting to run - I've had decent results on 1/8" material and thicker.
Not tig welded pretty, but looks fine.
DC+ is for thin aluminum only.
The tungsten can't handle the heat and not much is going into the part on DC+
I've experimented with it. It works, but isn't as much fun as AC. :)
In my opinion, a 200 amp class mig like you are looking at will replace your need for stick.
It has it's place, but if you don't want to stick weld, you really don't have to.
Flux core, self...
Nice job - I like it :)
Tweco Fabricator 211i
I think it's a steal at $912
Tweco Fabricator 211i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1004201
My ESAB 161 is a very good one - it is just as good as my maxstar was.
I only sold it to buy the ESAB because I had the stick only version of the Miller.
Tweco makes very nice multi process...
For random stick/tig welding I don't see any problems with 160 amp welders.
They burn 1/8" rods very well.
Looks very good - excellent idea :)
Yes, welding the circumference can make it shrink like that.
I would likely just have drilled it back out and went with it ;)
I love your bridge crane :D
The 7018 arc on them is definitely outstanding. Taught one of my friends to stick weld with it and he loved it too.
My Invertec v250-s is basically identical to it...
It's statement like these that lead me to think you want arguments sometimes? :confused3:
More than one person has stated that welding at the upper limit of a machine (in the 20%) range has caused...
I find the study pretty interesting and I re-read it sometimes to make sure I'm not falling into the wrong group :)
That sig line is there to remind me to be very certain of what I think I...
I often think those type of questions boil down to the "Dunning-Kruger effect."
It is an interesting bit of reading that reminds me to evaluate where I fall on that scale.
I did a chainsaw case couple years ago. It is not as easy as aluminum - but it does weld.
One main difference, with aluminum the tungsten can dunk and be contaminated very easily - but with...
I've heard the same - could be due to wicked arc blow running the big rods?
My favorite video on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW7I-ymfINU
I don't mind AC stick welding, 7014 works very well with it.
Very cool - love stuff like this :)
Completely agree - good analogies. I switch to a 17 tig torch for little stuff instead of a 26.
I have a 120v mig on the shelf that rarely ever gets used anymore. Turns out switching back to it...
I've listed this before I think. But I've shut down or broken machines due to duty cycle several times.
I am not patient once items are fit and tacked - time to work and the welding machine needs to...
In my opinion the Tweco 211i is a bargain home machine.
Mig/tig/stick and dual voltage for $941
Tweco Fabricator 211i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1004201
Part of a hydro test is using water to pressurize the cylinder instead of air.
When a cylinder splits with water, the pressure reduces very fast and no explosive decompression occurs like with air.
Yeah there could be a couple dollars of wiggle room ;)
Seems a little overpriced in its current condition ;)
I would change that orientation to closing the open side of the angle iron - this would put more metal farther away from the nuetral center axis and greatly reduces angle iron's inherent twisting. I...
My big Airco (my avatar) is actually made by miller and is a Miller 330 abp.
It's a 900 lbs of awesome :)
No worries man, prep overall is great - take off the paint, grind a bevel, weld it up :)
Easy stuff like this is excellent for learning in my opinion.
If they are like my millermatic 210, the door chart is for 230 volt input, but my power gives 247 volts - so I have to turn it down a little.
It even says on the door panel that I may have to do...
Since it's a tig 250/250 it has high frequency.
That middle small toggle switch (of the three) is the HF selector.
Up is "on" for aluminum.
Middle is "off"
Down is "start only" for...
From what I've been told, our local Home Depot swaps out tanks without looking at them - they just go to Praxair and get inspected, stamped, put back out.
(it's not real uncommon to find near 100...
Thermal arc/Tweco and HTP are good units.
But my favorites are big old transformer machines. Generally under $800 and sometimes under $400.
The one in my avatar was $225 and is 900 lbs of...
Yep, that air hammer flow forming is my speed too - I use air tools for everything possible :D
If it's thin enough, how about this?
Air hammer flow forming - it's pretty cool :)
....did I mention that my maxstar is no longer in the shop and an ESAB 161 took it's place? :dance1:
Although I only did it because I had the stick only miller, and replaced it with the stick/tig...
It's not just you - the maxstar 150 was designed that way - but runs 6011 just fine.
Don't let those awesome deals go by you - one of our local woodworkers bought a 3 phase converter so he could get the good stuff - works great :)
My table saw is a 3 phase and I bought a $90 phase...
I've used regular solid copper electrical house wire as a filler rod (tig).
I used it for color effect (multiple passes) and for electrical contact points on my "third hand" tool so there wouldn't...
Very funny :)
I also like cheap women :D
I'm cheap, so I like it :)
I do keep a small bottle of c25 around "in case I need it."
For the spatter in the nozzel, nozzel dip works very well (apply after it's good and warmed up).
Clay45 - if you want to save money on shielding gas for welding steel, get a used 20lb co2 tank.
My latest fill was $21 and at 8.8 cu.ft per pound, that's equivalent to 176 cu.ft. of shielding gas...
In my opinion yes it's backwards, determine the amps you want to weld with - then dial the wire speed to hit that mark (approximately).
Adjust voltage to make it run right - much easier with one...
Sounds like you need some guidance on proper setup and then just more practice.
First some terminology:
the wire feed speed (WFS) is your amperage - more wire needs more amps to burn it.
^^This - I like my oxy/propane setup :)
It won't weld, but cuts and heats for cheap.
Just need on oxygen bottle and a regular propane cylinder.
Stop using such a high quality camera - too much detail :laughing:
Use a blurry cheap one like mine, take the pic from 2 feet away, and just call all the welds good ;)
+1, me too :)
I look like a good welder when all my pieces fit excellent :D
Chop saw, band saw, plasma or torch are my choices - cutting the angle while cutting the piece to length.
If the piece is already cut to length, I like to start torch or plasma on the cut edge...
That's pretty interesting :)
That looks real good :)
I don't know why I never thought about this - but I'm sure glad you did :D
Thanks for posting :thumbsup:
I'm constantly picking stuff up with chains that are too long and have to be wrapped to...
I agree, Mig duty cycle chart for the multimatic 200.
Haha! I've got a cousin that between drinking beer and talking, he's only good for about 10% duty cycle while working - a welder for him could be really small and underpowered - may never even get...
If you check the data plate on the machine, it will likely say 50 amps.
It's a good habit to check data plates on any machine you buy just to be sure you know what to feed it.
Good luck with...
Well, this has come up before - but 20% duty cycle at full power, rated at 100deg Fahrenheit, will improve with a lower ambient temp.
With my brothers millermatic 130 we overheated it on a summer...
Haha! Yeah I've seen his video - I like rods that let me nap while running them ;)
If you want a "hero rod" try 7014 - almost run themselves and leave a smooooth finish :D
Thanks Terry and Thomas - I put a note in the drawer where the crimping pliers are :)
Ok thanks :)
Couple of good hydraulic guys local who will probably have them then.
Terry, I have that pliers for automotive cv boot clamps, where did you get your small clamps?
Standard at parts stores?
I use the heavy duty braided clear hose and barbed fittings.
Hey Sodo - After tig welding for a while, I always appreciate the simplicity of stick welding.
There is something very pleasing about just letting my rod drag in the corner and a weld appearing...
No big deal - fire up on a bunch of scrap plate and burn wire till you got it down :thumbsup:
3/64" could just be a misprint for 5/64" :confused3:
3/64" = .046875"
Too close to .045" to be needed in their inventory in my opinion?
I have no doubts about your welder having the power...
So drill out the other smaller holes to match - then thread them all the same size. :)
In mild steel I have not had any problem just welding with mig or stick, and re-drilling.
Stick has been with 6013 and 7014.
Have not had to use my tig for it yet, but it uses essentially the...
Yep, I like having the gauge :)
Good memory - I added a fill valve on it so I could fill from the truck, but the vapor and liquid withdraw valves were both installed already from the factory (or I added the vapor one in the hole...
That ain't all he called you :D
You realize some books disagree with you right? ;)
It was referring to setting the machine voltage too low, or the wire feed speed too high.
However, if you are correct, that on a constant voltage machine, the voltage does not actually stay...
Why did you post a pic describing what happens when a machine is set incorrectly, or the stickout is increased too far?
My question was, why do you say shortening your stickout cools the puddle,...
Are you talking about running your engine drive with an Ln-25?
I've not run one so I can't say what it does.
I obviously agree with SMAW the arc voltage is adjusted by shortening/lengthening the...
Isn't that a short circuit mig page?
I thought this was a flux core thread, which you know is a spray arc.
You've made me curious, how does shortening the stickout, which generally increases the amps slightly, make a cooler arc?
Arc length is set by the voltage, it's not supposed to change with stickout...
That's like comparing apples and rocket ships....
I sure understand it - I've used several small migs that really tested my patience (read pissed me off) due to overheating and/or tripping 20 amp breakers.
Miller, Lincoln, re-badged Century -...
I suppose that depends on your definition of lighter metal?
If I'm after looks along with a solid weld, nothing wrong with tig for heavy metal - just slower.
I have a project coming up for a...
Yep, I've done it, but on DC+ (not DC-) but the tungsten heats up super fast, so an 1/8" tungsten will only let me weld about 1/16" thick aluminum without blowing up ;)
Trying it on DC- was an...
Is your pic of DC- with Helium, or with AC and argon?
I started out tig welding about 3-4 years ago with just the stinger clamped on the tig torch like Shield Arc's post #1.
Then I bought a...
He just remembers the "adult channel" at the hotels that were all fuzzy unless you paid at the desk to turn them on ;)
Haha! My girlfriend wasn't even born until the 80's :D
I'm sure if you asked my relatives they would say it's natural ;) :laughing:
"Rather be a smart *** than a dumb ***" :)
You're welcome guys - I like the "cool factor" of doing stuff like that :D
Nice book Shield - I must have missed that one in the school library when I was 8 or so :dance1:
You can always bend the end in - orange peel style - it's what I would do :)
Must be why none of mine get painted :D
For each rambling story, or daily/weekly/monthly total? :D
Yep, I've repaired snowmobile trailers built with tubing fully welded at the joints.
But the screws go into the tubing, so they end up with plenty of water inside.
Some guys on weldingweb have bought them.
Good discussions on them.
Here is one thread (I don't have one personally)
Just bought an AHP AlphaTig 200x
Ah, made with my level of patience in mind ;)
Looks like that stuff works great! Very clear results.
Don't invent cubic dollars....woman already spend flat ones fast enough man...:)
I'm taking my WD Allis Chalmers next, with the narrow front and trip loader too. :D haha!
Of course I'll have to drive it backwards the whole way to keep the front from digging in a stopping me -...
Here you go: Mayberrys.com - 120 / 240 Volt Selector Switch Information
Just get a more powerful, more expensive Honda and you're all set ;)
To add a little to this.
Some 120/240 generators have a switch to go 120v only and provide full power, balanced across both banks of the generator.
Unfortunately, mine do not have a switch of...
Haha! That's awful :D
Some people just don't have a sense of humor I guess :dance1: