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    Re: Tips for fluxcored?

    I would respectfully disagree with this statement.

    Flux core guns do not have gas nozzles.

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    Re: Tips for fluxcored?

    Remember to change your polarity to DCEN for most shelf shielded wires.

    This video may help you out - good luck and have fun :)
    (He uses a small welder in this one, but some good info in it.)
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    Re: Bale Spear Build

    Haha! :)
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    Re: Bale Spear Build

    Man go buy you a used stick welder for $150 and have some fun with welding!

    Sooner you start, the sooner you get to practicing. :)
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    Re: Bale Spear Build

    You forgot to ask for $100 so you could mail him a certificate ;)
  6. Re: Splicing a small I beam together

    I don't see too much heat as a problem - as long as you don't leave undercut or any other flaws.

    If that's happening, it's either too hot, or too hot for your technique.
    (not sure which caused...
  7. Re: Splicing a small I beam together

    I've said "I want to finish before dark" more times than I care to think about....and then pulled out the big lights because I didn't make it :laughing:

    Then it becomes "I have to finish this...
  8. Re: Rebuilding homemade wood splitter

    Personally, I love old equipment so I'd fix it.

    But if you want to go with your PTO, then two pulleys and some belts will get it spinning fast enough to pump enough fluid.

    Just size the two...
  9. Re: Update: Video of the Power iMIG 140 E 120 Volt MIG welder from Everlast

    Personally, after owning and liking high quality inverter stick welders (and I really like big old monster transformer welders) I think inverter migs are a game-changer.

    I will like getting more...
  10. Re: Welding extension question 110v

    I was running 135 amps on the maxstar 150s. Ran really well. I tried it at max to see what the genny would do - it was fine with that load too.
    It's listed to draw 21.6 amps, 240v, welding at 150...
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    Re: Century 5 Star AC/DC Welder

    Hey Bob - I have two additional digital manuals for the Century 5 Star with the HF box that is sometimes attached to them.
    It is for this welder:

    Model 110-119 Century 5 Star 295/250 AC/DC
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  12. Re: Welding extension question 110v

    Hey Gary, mathematically that should work out fine, but when I've tested it, surprisingly it didn't (for my welder/genny combo).
    After researching the matter it came down to the high inrush current...
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    Re: mig gas usage ??

    I was taught this way as well (in the 80's) but found out it is no longer necessary on high pressure valves/tanks and hasn't been for years.
    (I hate it when I'm taught the right way and then it...
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    Re: Test welds / failure comments

    Split it...how about $5.50 ??
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    Re: Test welds / failure comments

    I was thinking I saw the same thing....but figured my screen was playing tricks on my eyes.
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    Re: Fixing a bushhog...

    I really like 7014's :)
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    Re: Fixing a bushhog...

    An old guy told me to do that many years ago with 7018. :) (at least 20 yrs ago now....yikes...)
    One time a buddy was over using my shop and said "what the heck is wrong with these rods, they start...
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    Re: Test welds / failure comments

    He was pretty quiet about the whole experience ;)
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    Re: Test welds / failure comments

    The new one had to be welded on :laughing:
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    Re: Test welds / failure comments

    I don't know the particulars of this incident - but a trailer coming at me from the other lane would suck!

    When I use to drive a propane truck, the boss was in front of me with the tank trailer -...
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    Re: Solar AC/DC Welder

    That's the exact same welder I bought in the mid 90's :)
  22. Re: Results 120v MIG on 3/8 with bevel

    I didn't know jinman but appreciate your post and it's message.
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    Re: A gift for your angle grinder

    Sodo - is there a particular reason you like opening threads with insults and half- insults directed at other members?
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    Re: mig gas usage ??

    Sounds like a 60 Cu.ft. tank. A setting on 25 CFH would get approx 2.4 hours of trigger time.
    It's probably listed on you receipt if you don't remember how big it is.

    When it was full your high...
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    Re: Using mig wire to tig

    I think you'll find it an interesting diversion - my son said he would dream about watching the arc while sleeping after practicing tig aluminum :)
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    Re: Using mig wire to tig

    Maybe not fun exactly, but certainly interesting and useful :)

    After the first 100 hours of practice it gets a lot easier.
    Not cheap to learn when figuring filler and scrap for stainless,...
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    Re: MIG, TIG and a new helmet...

    Yep that's tough welding for sure :)

    Thin rusted crap sucks no matter how it's done.
  28. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    Good advice - I popped a diode in my old stick welder while running wide open and not paying any attention to duty cycle.
    Fortunately the problem was obvious, and not expensive.

    My old 120v mig...
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    Re: MIG, TIG and a new helmet...

    Yep Mark, I like mig wire to tig too. This week I had a mower engine cover that cracked bad at three bolt holes.
    (now that's some glamorous welding - LOL)

    I only keep 1/16", 3/32", and 1/8" tig...
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    Re: MIG, TIG and a new helmet...

    Here's one I'd like to try :)
    I can think of many times it would haven been great - tight spaces - or no fogging from my breath.

    Servore arc shield-513

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    Re: unknown rod

    It may help you to post a pic over at weldingweb too - I've seen several guys get fast results on "mystery rod" questions.
    As I recall, usually with a pic of someone having the exact same rod.
  32. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    Hey don't forget MAG - metal active gas :)
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    Re: Using mig wire to tig

    I like to use left over mig wire twisted together, feeds through my hand really nicely :)
  34. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    You're doing just fine man :)

    I would have gotten pissed by now and stick welded it :laughing:

    When I was at my brother's place, his Miller 130 kept getting too hot, I'd wait and put my hand...
  35. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    Machine cooling when I was just welding for myself didn't bother me too much - but it sure was a patience tester ;)

    But when I started welding for money it made me crazy! LOL So my hats off to...
  36. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    Yep, test plates are a good way to learn what works and what doesn't (and what kinda sorta works but can get better).

    As for posting welds, feel free to browse my welding (good but never perfect)...
  37. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    I had a feeling you were gonna break out the big guns after the root :)
  38. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    I'm not a pipe welder, but likely because of a knife edge root prep.
    Notice he only said he did the root that way - root pass uses less amps.
    (Arc weld, feel free to correct me if I guessed wrong)...
  39. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    I understand where you are coming from - you needed a machine and bought one. I'd bet many guys start the same way.
    Your last paragraph seems to indicate pro welders don't give insight on when to...
  40. Re: 120v MIG weld on a 3/8" thick (bevel 60deg)

    Although the welded area predictably (in this experiment) ended up not as strong as the parent material, it's still an interesting and instructive test.

    Good post for discussion in my opinion.
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    Re: Miller warranty

    Your LWS store is in error - explain it to them and I'm sure it will work out.

    My local store has been stellar - though I've not needed any warranty work done, I've no complaints on them helping...
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    That's what the M-16 instructor told us too - all of the female recruits did just fine the first day.
    Some of the males had to re-train because they didn't listen the first time - even though the...
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    I like it - it's a reminder to myself really. I've found it really sucks when I "know" something that turns out to be false and then have to unlearn it.

    As a result, I try to be very careful...
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    In my experiences a "stitch weld" is like this.
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    It's a very normal style of welding.

    But the "triggering" that's being shown is just overlapping tack welds - as I noted earlier, I only...
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    Re: Ute fuel tanker

    Your tank mods sound like a good idea to me :)
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    I'm also in favor of continuous beads vs tack-tack-tack.

    Although I do use that method on occasion for rusty sheet metal repair and thin auto-body type repair.

    Excellent fit-ups will largely...
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    I think .023" is a little more forgiving - I had a fresh spool of .030" in the drawer, but was too lazy to change the roll for 3 hours of welding :laughing:

    Yesterday I had some 1/4" so it was all...
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the wire, last week I was running .035" on 18 and 16 gauge tubing.

    I welded it with straight weld, used a slight weave to keep a little more heat on the side of the...
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    Re: What's the point...

    To be honest, after nearly 3 years now I don't regret going tig - it's awesome and has paid it's way including all the money spent on practice.

    I only paid $225 for my Airco 300 (my avatar), which...
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    Re: What's the point...

    Yeah, it's just scratch start and whatever tap is plugged in is all you get. :)

    Aluminum down around 1/16" is very hard - but 1/8" and above is no problem.
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    Re: What's the point...

    Yep that's a miller HF-15-1. It works great and will throw a spark a foot long if cranked up too high.

    It just has two input studs for ground and stinger, and two outputs for ground and tig torch....
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    Re: What's the point...

    That's a cool old Forney Big Barn :)

    Here is one we have in the other building - it's an F225 and tig welds aluminum very well - nice soft arc.
    It runs 6013 and 7014 really well.

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    Re: What's the point...

    Holy cow - that's the the most random looking collection of "welder" parts I've seen to date! - LOL :D
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    Re: What's the point...

    I'm jealous - I haven't stumbled across a carbon arc torch to try yet. I have the rods, as I understand it uses my carbon arc gouging rods?

    I went to high school in the 80's so they weren't part...
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    Re: What's the point...

    I have to admit, I have a soft spot for the AC Lincoln "tombstone" buzzer. My first welding/fab job was for a cheap septic pumping/wrecker business and it was the only welder they had. I used that...
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    You're very welcome guys - hope the info helps :)
    After a while, a guy tends to make the small adjustments kind of automatically just based on how the puddle and arc are behaving themselves :)


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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    I don't think I would put it that way - lowering wire feed speed lowers the welding amperage and lessens the penetration.
    I'm a firm believer in adjusting volts and amps for the proper balance.
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    That's looking pretty good - almost fused the whole root. :)
    It gets mostly second nature to watch for the root to fully fuse while you weld.
    When it's fused like that, without visible straight...
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    Re: What's the point...

    If I were Shield Arc I would have tired of the bickering as well.
    He is a regular on weldingweb and seems to get along fine.
    Just my $0.02
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    Sodo - looks like you dialed it in pretty darn good for your machine.
    Were you able to get the knife edge to fully melt or did a straight line remain?




    The very short version:
    Voltage sets...
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    Re: who woulda thought

    Awesome story :D
  62. Re: small dc welder for scratch start tig

    ESAB MiniArc 161 LTS is a nice option as well.

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  63. Re: small dc welder for scratch start tig

    I bought one of these little century inverters on a whim once just to see what they would do.

    $100 new in the box. Stick welding was ok, nothing great, but ok.
    But when I clipped a tig torch to...
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    Re: 7014 rod

    A small point, but the flux picks up moisture, the hydrogen disassociates in the arc to introduce hydrogen to the weld.
    I'm not strong in chemistry in any way, that's just how the technical papers...
  65. Re: The only tree felling video you will ever need

    Yikes, that was close work! :)
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    Re: 7014 rod

    If I misunderstood, apologies to Gary.
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    Re: 7014 rod

    I would respectfully disagree with part of this statement. All rods need not be stored in an oven. 6010, 6011 are specifically not to be stored in an oven.
    Storage temp for several rods is well...
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    Re: 7014 rod

    Gary Fowler - you are the first I've seen bring up an issue with mild steel and hydrogen cracking. I researched it further to locate a reference.

    Here is the only one I've found so far, but it is...
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    Should be afraid...the world will likely end now in ....3...2...1.......... ;)
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    Re: 7014 rod

    Glad to hear it's working out for you - I like using them :)
    The run smoooth and pretty in my opinion.
    Yeah, fans and ventilation are a must for all stick welding in my opinion - I'm only 44 and...
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    Re: 7014 rod

    Not really, good rule of thumb: As long as the rod is smaller than the thickness of the metal being welded, you're good to go :)

    Or put another way, never weld something thinner than the rod...
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    Re: 7014 rod

    Just curious, is that a typo on rod size?
    80 amps is about the bottom of the 3/32" 7014 range.
    1/8" 7014 range is typically about 110-150 amps.
    I'm generally in the 125-140 range (AC or DC+)
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    Re: 7014 rod

    For mild steel welding, 7018 do not need an oven. Mild steel is not susceptible to hydrogen assisted cracking (there are other names for it too).

    However, they do run really nice just out of the...
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    Re: 7014 rod

    7014's are great, drag the flux right on the plate and take a nap :D

    The flux makes a cup that sets the arc gap for you - if you have to run a gap, then the amps are too low.
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    Re: Bigger than I ever thought...

    Congratulations and good luck on your new job :)
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    Re: Improving your welding?

    ...and why do we drive on the parkway, but park in a driveway? :)
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    Re: Improving your welding?

    Dragoneggs - I like formulas, simplifies my thinking and comparisons :)

    Force = (mass)(acceleration)
    Momentum = (mass)(velocity)

    Nothing wrong with a little physics and/or math mixed in with...
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    Yep, I repaired a Mac 130 mig welder for a neighbor and the gun was tiny and light :)

    But for speed, you can definitely see why an impatient guy like me had to upgrade! :D
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    Re: 120-Volt Mig welder.

    Nice test Shield Arc - I'm with you on how slow they go with the low amps. :)

    I'm not super surprised the little welder made it through that test, but I sure wouldn't want to do it often.
    I...
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    Re: Need help welding hooks

    Totally agree - pound on test welds with a hammer, not the actual part.
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    Re: Need help welding hooks

    ArcWeld - I'm not going to say 7018 isn't a great rod - it clearly is. May even be the best choice for the hooks as well.

    I'm going to respectfully disagree that 7014 won't work for dynamic...
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    Re: Need help welding hooks

    I'm a 7014 fan :)

    I use all of them really, 6010/11,6013,7014,7024,7018, but I've always liked 7014 :thumbsup:

    (Most of the reason I use them all is I get free rods on occasion and just use...
  83. Re: Bending Thick Metal - What Oxy-Acetylene Tip?

    Yes, the rosebuds are also different, I have played around with an acetylene rosebud on propane, but it didn't work very well.
    I use the cutting tips for heating (usually my biggest one).
  84. Re: Bending Thick Metal - What Oxy-Acetylene Tip?

    Yep, my vote as well - I use propane for cutting and heating instead of acetylene.
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    Re: Wilton All-Terrain Vise

    Women and liquor being the two most expensive :)

    ....tools make money or I'd count them #2 - lol
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    Re: Wilton All-Terrain Vise

    $200 with mount from what I see.
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    Re: Old tanks

    I've seen these discussions before and some cylinders have the markings before Germany adopted it.

    As a result, tanks may, or may not, have the mark associated with Nazi Germany depending on the...
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    Re: What would you do with this ?

    Awesome :D
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    Re: What would you do with this ?

    I also vote mailbox post - sandblast, paint, and definitely some big warning stickers :)
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    Re: What would you do with this ?

    Haha!! I use that quote some times and almost nobody gets it until I remind them :)
  91. Re: Help choosing 240v generator for MIG welder?

    Likely true of many inverters, I think the Miller Maxstar can be run that way since it has power factor correction built in.
    That's only a guess, but I think that's why.
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    Re: Old tanks

    Wouldn't bother me any :)
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    Re: Old tanks

    I say get new hoses, have your local welding store check out your regulators condition and fire it up :)

    Tanks are expensive to buy, and re certification is not very much money, I'd keep them and...
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    Re: Good news and a dilemma?

    Lots of good advise here - I agree with being honest and polite - no need to go into detail.

    Good luck on your new job and congratulations :)
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    Re: Sod cutter for FEL

    Exactly my experience when I tried this about 15+ years ago.
  96. Re: Help choosing 240v generator for MIG welder?

    If I owned a 12kw genny, I'd sure try it since those tombstones can be had for as little as $50 :D

    I don't know about the Everlast units, but the Maxstar I have is rated for general "dirty"...
  97. Re: Help choosing 240v generator for MIG welder?

    Greg, generators to run your Lincoln buzz box have to be big - to run an inverter they can be much smaller.
    I run my Maxstar 150s inverter off a 5000/6250 generator for example.

    But here is what...
  98. Re: What inexpensive welder should I look for to run off a "dirty" generator?

    +1 - since you have enough power, a used transformer welder should work fine.

    Another option, my inverter stick welder, Miller Maxstar 150s, runs just fine on my crappy old Generac 5000/6250....
  99. Re: Scale Cat Twenty Two Dozer Ride On For My Son

    Wow! What a cool build! :thumbsup: :D
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    Re: Yard Rake Home Made

    Ah, they are short top links for a compact tractor?
    Nice solution :)
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