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Old 05-12-2011, 07:15 PM   #1981
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I have a small crack in the mounting flange on my R100RS side bag rack. It is chrome plated.

Do I need to get all the chrome off before hitting it with a mild steel wire feed??

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Old 05-13-2011, 04:51 AM   #1982
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Laugh Shielding gas Solenoid

My first guess is the gas solenoid is not turning on every time.

When its right, its OK, when its wrong its totally messed up.

Shielding gas

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Old 05-13-2011, 06:59 AM   #1983
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i have a different sorta welding question for thoes who are as cheap as me.... first the project- a 14' hand railing to service the main stair case in my home. some peices are bent, while others are welded. up till now i have carryed the project into the garage for the stick welding. but with each trip the project is getting heavyer. and my helper is starting to baulk about this process taking many trips into the garage n back for the next step in the assembly process. btw helper is the g.f.- so you can probably understand the stresses involved.. so i've come to the conclusion that i'll have to limit the trips by tac welding things together in place- this will help a lot with accuracy too. trouble is that there's a lot of finnished surfaces in the new welding area( i would love to avoid additional work by protecting the area). i have worked in industry and on site work they mostly use a fiberglass cloth that works well to protect- this would be my first choice, but i'm on a self imposed mandate to NOT buy anything if i can use something that i alread have on hand or can get for free.( lacking that, buy and trash as a last resort) i have a bit of cotton canvas going unused and would think that after wetting out would be good enough . i also have a few of the plastic tarps that i wouldn't mind sacrificing to the cause. can anyone suggest other mat'ls to protect ? after each bit of welding the protection mat'ls will be taken outside and sprayed with water, then allowed to dry - fire protection for sure!
You can get a weld-resistant tarp cheap at Harbor Freight.
http://www.harborfreight.com/welding...ket-67833.html
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:18 PM   #1984
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Looks like lack of gas or VERY dirty metal. Oh and one thing I consider necessary is a gas lens, my welds went 10x better after getting one.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:30 PM   #1985
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sorry if this has been answered already, this thread is getting long...

can you mig weld on a steel bicycle frame? I've seen some high end tig, but that's outta my league.

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Old 05-13-2011, 02:57 PM   #1986
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sorry if this has been answered already, this thread is getting long...

Can you mig weld on a steel bicycle frame? I've seen some high end tig, but that's outta my league.

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Old 05-13-2011, 03:45 PM   #1987
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I'm thinking about a Miller 211. any thoughts?
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:49 PM   #1988
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I'm thinking about a Miller 211. any thoughts?

I was looking into this welder as well, with the thoughts of being able to weld aluminum.

Interested in the collective's thoughts on this model too.

Or another comparable model.

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Old 05-13-2011, 08:38 PM   #1989
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I was looking into this welder as well, with the thoughts of being able to weld aluminum.

Interested in the collective's thoughts on this model too.

Or another comparable model.

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Is the torch water cooled?
What is the duyt cycle of the machine? what is the max. amperage of the machine & torch?
and finaly what thickness of alum do you intend to weld?
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:08 PM   #1990
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A miller 211 is a mig welder. You CAN weld aluminum with a mig welder, but its a bitch unless you have spool gun or a TON of patients to try and get it to go through the machine. They make a nylon liner they claim will work. All they ever did is piss me off. I use TIG or if needed a spool gun.

Its like trying to push a rope.

Don't bother with the auto set feature, learn to use the machine and settings. Almost all have them inside the cover.

Here it is.

http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...p?model=M00245


I have this one, but the older model that will not take a spool gun. Its an awesome welder, I keep .030 ER70S-6 in it with C/25 or Co2.

http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...p?model=M00197

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so, as far as mig welders go, you like it?
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I would purchase a spool gun with the 211. I'm not even gonna try to push aluminum wire through the regular set-up.

I currently have the Millermatic 130. I want to step up, but I don't know if the 211 is big enough of a step.

I can TIG weld better than I MIG, but the MIG is just so much easier and quicker.

Thickness of aluminum to be welded will probably be from .080 to .125.

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Old 05-14-2011, 04:49 AM   #1993
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so, as far as mig welders go, you like it?
I love it. I have quite a few RED welders this is the only blue one. A lot of the time its turned all the way up. I have buned up almost 20 lbs wire since I bought it in December. The M10 gun is kind of cheesy and running the machine all the way up the gun cable can get warm. A bernard gun would be a good upgrade, but its not required. I have a OLD SP100 for the smaller stuff. I keep .023 wire in that one. At first I thought the passport would replace the old Lincoln, but only if I used .023 wire. This would limit the MAX output on the miller.

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Old 05-14-2011, 01:46 PM   #1994
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I have a small crack in the mounting flange on my R100RS side bag rack. It is chrome plated.

Do I need to get all the chrome off before hitting it with a mild steel wire feed??

Marc

no. The chrome will just melt into your weld.
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I was looking into this welder as well, with the thoughts of being able to weld aluminum.

Interested in the collective's thoughts on this model too.

Or another comparable model.

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http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us...g-welders.aspx
Power MIG 140 or 180 or 216 plus

The least expensive Lincoln Spool gun for aluminum welding using a Lincoln Power Mig is the Magnum 100SG spool gun. It is about $200 (at most)

The Lincoln Power MIG 140C (110Volts)or Power MIG 180C (230Volts) or Power MIG 216 (230Volts) all use the magnum 100SG spoolgun.

I have used all of them with great sucess. The bigger the welder the thicker you can weld.
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