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Old 03-26-2012, 06:13 PM   #2626
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For all of you experienced welders out there, what would be the recommended type of steel for building some side-racks to mount my dry bags to? I have access to generic "weld steel" from a number of hardware stores locally, or can order some from the steel distributor(s) in town. These will basically be knock-offs of Wolfman's racks, but I hate to pay for something that I could fab-up in a weekend, especially when I just dropped $200.00 on the bags . Looking at using 3/4" hollow, round stock. Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Old 03-26-2012, 06:38 PM   #2627
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For all of you experienced welders out there, what would be the recommended type of steel for building some side-racks to mount my dry bags to? I have access to generic "weld steel" from a number of hardware stores locally, or can order some from the steel distributor(s) in town. These will basically be knock-offs of Wolfman's racks, but I hate to pay for something that I could fab-up in a weekend, especially when I just dropped $200.00 on the bags . Looking at using 3/4" hollow, round stock. Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Old 03-26-2012, 07:09 PM   #2628
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I need a butt-kicking TIG welder that can weld up a small crack radiating from a small pilot bearing hole in an MC crankcase. Gotta keep the hole round so that I can press in a new pilot bearing after the weld.

The hole is about 10mm wide. He will need to V-out and weld the crack I guess.

Know anyone good as this sort of stuff?
Do you have a picture?
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #2629
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For all of you experienced welders out there, what would be the recommended type of steel for building some side-racks to mount my dry bags to? I have access to generic "weld steel" from a number of hardware stores locally, or can order some from the steel distributor(s) in town. These will basically be knock-offs of Wolfman's racks, but I hate to pay for something that I could fab-up in a weekend, especially when I just dropped $200.00 on the bags . Looking at using 3/4" hollow, round stock. Thanks in advance for your advice.

J.D.
Mild steel. The majority of steel stock you'll find at the hardware store and the steel supplier is mild steel. You do not want galvanized or any other coated steel. If you need something that's tougher, you can go with stainless, but that's probably really unnecessary.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:05 AM   #2630
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Thanks for the reply Pablo, I will take a look around and see what wall thicknesses are available in the mild steel.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:01 PM   #2631
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Do you have a picture?
I'll take one.

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Old 03-27-2012, 09:52 PM   #2632
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So I bought an el chepo Chinese auto sensing helmet.
It worked OK initially - a bit sensitive to strip lighting and no adjustability but OK for this noob.

Now it darkens and stays dark for way too long.
I thought it may be flat battery from lack of use so I left it in the sun for a while then layed down a couple of 6 inch beads for practice and a dose of high energy to the solar cells - no change.

Is this the sort of behaviour to expect from the cheapies after 3 months?
It was always going to be a spectator/assistant helmet once I got onto a better unit but is it worth doing a warranty replacement on or should I just eat the loss and know better next time.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:01 AM   #2633
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I have had good luck with harbor freight helmets. I only had one go bad because I flooded it with sweat. They replaced it for free.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:55 PM   #2634
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I am sure it is very confusing to those who have little or no trouble seeing while welding to understand the problem we are dealing with.
Not to me it ain't.

All I can see while I'm welding is the puddle, and while I have laid down some pretty beads, I have trouble with them meandering aimlessly too often.

Next time I burn some wire, I'm going to adjust the shade darkness (should be called the "Haphazard Reduction") and hopefully I can become a little more predictable.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:12 PM   #2635
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How rusty can steel be before it is too rusty to weld with O/A?


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Old 03-29-2012, 06:23 PM   #2636
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How rusty can steel be before it is too rusty to weld with O/A?


I have not welded with OA in years. I grind most everything clean before I weld even if its the mill scale.

It looks better when I am done.

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Old 03-29-2012, 06:40 PM   #2637
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How rusty can steel be before it is too rusty to weld with O/A?


It needs to be clean shiny steel. No rust, paint, or other contaminates.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:14 PM   #2638
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My budget is low ($200ish), but I'd like to get a feed welder for small jobs. I found a couple on craigslist (Hobart 125ez, Lincoln Weld Pack 100) within my price range, but I also noticed that Harbor Freight has its Chicago 170 Mig 220V on sale for $200 and a friend claims he has a coupon for 10% off anything in the store.
http://www.harborfreight.com/welding...der-68885.html

I know the going recommendation is a 220V Hobart/Lincoln/Miller if I can get it, but I can't find any in my price range. Really if I need to weld something thicker, my brother is nearby and has an old Lincoln 220V stick welder I can use.

My planned projects (so far)
garden hose hanger
motorcycle crash bars
clothing racks for garage sales
fix wife's vanity stool (3/16" rod frame)


What do you recommend oh wise welding gurus? Should I get a used Lincoln or Hobart 110v, the Chicago 220v, or wait and save up more cash?
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:43 PM   #2639
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Save up some more money. Trying to get good results with a cheap Chinese welder is a bit like trying to paint a turd....................
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #2640
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Save up some more money. Trying to get good results with a cheap Chinese welder is a bit like trying to paint a turd....................
Does that include a recommendation to bypass the Hobart and Lincoln 115v models I found on craigslist? I know that part of my post was easy to overlook.
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