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    Elite Member woodlandfarms's Avatar
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    Default Long Term storage of metal working devices

    Between work, and life, I get less time with my new mig than I would like. It got me thinking, do I need to do anything special, including expendables, for the gear I have. We live in the PNW, lots of moisture.

    I was wondering if I should detension the roller in the Lincoln, then it got me thinking about corosion, rust, blah blah blah. I know about keeping rods dry as possible, but was unsure about Wire spools.

    Oxy Acet is brand new, so still figuring it out.

    Oxy Acet (new Victor)
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    Various 4 and 7" grinders
    Welding table that must sit under eaves

    Any care, maintenance, even the simple stuff you would think someone should just know would be taken with a smile.
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    Power-Trac 1850, grapple, hoe, 90" mower, 72" box blade

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    Elite Member Shield Arc's Avatar
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    Default Re: Long Term storage of metal working devices

    I always try to remember to remove the spools of wire from my wire feeders, unless I'm going to use them the next day. I place them back in the plastic bag, and in the cardboard box, then place them in a storage locker.
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    Default Re: Long Term storage of metal working devices

    Yep, what Shield Arc said.

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    Default Re: Long Term storage of metal working devices

    Corrosion Inhibitor | Corrosion Resistant Coatings | Anti-Corrosion Spray or LPS-1 METAL PROTECTOR work very well for keeping corrosion off of exposed metal. Cant speak for the WD-40 but the LPS is pretty easy to clean up once you need to restore the item you are protecting back to service.

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    Default Re: Long Term storage of metal working devices

    I am too lazy to remove my wire when my wire feeder is stored (although I know that I should do it). That said, I only use Hobart 2 lb spools. That way at least the wire does get changed out a little more often. I bought a 10lb spool once and it took me forever to use that one up so I avoid those now even though it is slightly cheaper to buy wire in bulk. Also, I rarely weld anything critical anyway so no big deal in my backyard shop for my applications.

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