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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by KTM640Dakar, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. kellyk7

    kellyk7 Who knows

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    Thanks - I will try this . Like so many things welding seems to be one of those things that you just have to feel. and it takes time to get that feel.
  2. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I don't use my stick welding electrodes enough to keep them fresh, but I need to keep some around the shop for the rare times I need them. I currently keep them in the plastic tubes with the big rubber O-ring, but that's not doing the job. I guess I need an electrode oven, but I was wondering if there any cheaper options? If not, I guess I'm looking for a Keen K-200 oven. Anyone have any experience with this unit, or similar ones? I'll probably be storing about 5-10 different types of rod at about 10# each.
  3. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i use a old refrigerator that doesnt work anymore to store my tires, paint and welding rods. they keep the stuff pretty good in really hot or really cold temps form the different seasons. they keep the temps stable and moisture out.i have two refrigerators right now but waiting for another one to break so i have a third for storage!
  4. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    Local guy selling what he describes as a Lincoln 125 Nascar edition for $150. Pretty sure he means this unit (could also be this). Here's the pic he provided:

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    Going to look at it and a few other items tomorrow. Use would be 1/4" steel at most, would like to try aluminum, and really just start learning to weld. As such this unit sounds like a good deal. Thoughts?
  5. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    Unless your metal is pretty rusty, forget 6011 and get some thin (3/32") 7024. It has a thick iron powder flux, so 3/32" looks as fat as 1/8" 6011.

    Crank the amps way up and just shove the rod into the metal--zap, you're welding. Doesn't penetrate deeply, but the arc is very easy to start. Won't make very tough/ductile welds like properly stored 7018, but few of us need those properties.
  6. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    The Nascar welder is the red mig welder that sits next to a oxy/acetylene unit. I'm fairly sure that there is no spool gun attachment for that welder that would allow you to weld aluminum.
  7. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    Yeah, thinking about that Portatorch setup as well. Hoping someone could chime in with an exact model designation and some comments, even with the crappy photo. It appears that the Weld Pak 125 is MIG/alu convertible, while the Easy Core 125 may be (the website and instruction manual conflict each other).

    Thanks!
  8. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    Depending on the price, both the mig and the torch setup would be excellent to have around and would allow you to weld almost anything in steel. Even if one of the manuals say you can convert it over to weld AL, don't do it. Get a bigger welder if you want to do that. Anything that plugs into a 120v outlet will not have enough juice to weld AL. If it could the results would be very disappointing.

    Get those 2 setups and get started welding. You will be very happy.
  9. kellyk7

    kellyk7 Who knows

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    I started with a setup like that still have the regulators and the torch the acetylene bottle but the Oxygen bottle is too small that size 1 Acet bottle will generally last through 2 or more fills on that Size 1 O2 bottle. and around here the fill on the size 1 compared to the size 2 O2 is not much. plus it is a hassle to drag it off all the time to be filled. those are best suited for AC work where most of the time your soldering which does not consume so much O2
  10. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    Picked up the welder (Lincoln Pro-Core 125) for $115 :D. Feeling pretty good it, can't wait to start practicing. Watch out cats!
  11. small_e_900

    small_e_900 Amanda carried it

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    Just a bit of advice, you'll need a much bigger welder if you plan to weld cats. :D
  12. KTM640Dakar

    KTM640Dakar Motorsick

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    Here is a Lincoln Hydrogard rod oven. Holds 10 pounds of 1/8 rod and plugs into 120V. Part number is K2829-1 from Lincoln.
    http://content.yudu.com/A1pk9y/LinElect2011EquipCat/resources/73.htm
  13. KTM640Dakar

    KTM640Dakar Motorsick

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    If that is a Lincoln Power MIG then they make a spool gun called a Lincoln SG100 spool gun for under $200. They work good.
  14. KTM640Dakar

    KTM640Dakar Motorsick

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    Use a stick electrode called Lincoln Blue Max 2100. It comes in 3/32 inch diameter one pound tubes. It is about $20.
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    Looks great Jim.
  16. KTM640Dakar

    KTM640Dakar Motorsick

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    Those BMW racks are welded with robots. They get programmed to make a nice steady weld. Almost impossible for a human hand to make welds that consistant...almost.:evil
  17. fxstbiluigi

    fxstbiluigi crash test dummy

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    It is a good thing you added that last "almost". You haven't been aroud many experienced weldors have you?
  18. KTM640Dakar

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    Turn up your voltage. Try 200 on the wire feed and 20 Volts (approx 5) on the knob.
  19. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Timely post. I can't say what's happened but here goes. I switched out the 0.030 to 0.035 today. I turned down the gas. On 3/16"tube I'm getting great welds, g ood penetration and the popping is gone. Sounds just like the guys on tv:D

    My settings are about 6 and260 wire feed
  20. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I needed something that would hold more than 10 lbs. I found a guy selling a DryRod unit on CL for $170. I had to drive a couple hours to get it. It had been dropped and had a large dent in the back. I took it apart and reshaped it with body hammers. It seems to be a solid unit. I'm not sure why the PO had to write "No Food" on it; kind of scary.

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    It barely fits on the top of one of my shelved. It was a real pain getting it up there by myself.

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