Dan-Mig update

I swapped tanks today at the local welding supply (PraxAir) and got a tank of 25/75 per the suggestions of the welders here.
As I mentioned some time ago, I managed to scrounge an old Dan-Mig mig welder. 220 vts, 200 amps...Model 140/200, that had not been used in a number of years. It is filled with a big assed spool (30 lbs?) of wire. Previous to this, my only experience had been with a Harbor Freight flux core machine..with which I had one unforgettable bad welding session (blush)
Anyways..to make a long story short....OOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thats a welder!!! Jumping catfish! This thing makes even me look good. I must have burned at least 200 feet of wire today, just noodling around with the machine. I would weld, then try to test to destruction with a hammer.
I made thin welds on thin stock, fat welds on big stock, weaves, runs, fillets, I even managed to weld two string bean cans together. The wire is .035, so I couldnt get down too fine in amps and still get an arc going, but I managed to weld those two cans together and it looked pretty damned good (for me anyways).
I butt welded two pieces of .05 sheetmetal and didnt burn through! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I intentionally burned through, I was able to cleanly fill the hole. I figured out Stitch Mode and its way cool for some things.
I remembered what folks said about first getting the puddle going, then listening to that sweet frying bacon sound. IT WORKS!!
The only down side is I think the CFMH dial gage is f*cked up as it will not go below 30. I scrounged a flow type gage with a little ball bearing in it some time back, and Ill try to plumb it in and see if it does the job. The guy at the welding supply suggested 15-22 CFMH, and I had to putz with the flow rate to get a consistant arc and the gage shows about 31 CFMH. but does not go much lower.
The little HF flux core machine got stuffed away in a corner, never to be used again.
I think this Dan Mig machine is made by the same folks who make Airco, as the hardware is very similar, and the data inside the cover is in English and what appear to be Danish.
Im just pleased as a new pup and had to tell somebody. When I told my wife, she simply looked bored and said "Thats nice, could you take out the garbage?"
Humph! Women!
Now my next project is to see about the Big Hobart I scrounged. It starts up, fans run, (I had to change it to 220 from 480). I was told that it will not stick weld without either the foot pedal hooked up or a jumper plug installed (which I dont have) and the foot pedal attaches to the Plasma Torch control, not the Hobart itself.
Hobart said it was made in the mid 80s, before Hobart sold to Miller and the manual is $30. I guess Ill have to bite the bullet next month and order the manual..cringe.
Gunner "By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia', the 'security' of the nation, and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms', our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason, I believe the Second Amendment will always be important." -- Senator John F. Kennedy, (D) 1960
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calmly ranted:

I've been waiting for that. The first time I used the Miller at work (in another life), I was stoked, too.

Impressive! Kudos. (OK, so I haven't done any welding for awhile and I'm easily impressed.)

It's a shame MIGs don't work on lips sometimes, eh? ;)

Check online first. Many are available a lot cheaper there.
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Kinda' like your first girl, but even more usefull.

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I fear for your haelth if you ever get in front of a decent TIG welder......
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nation, and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms', our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason, I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."

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How so?
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I may be speaking out of turn here but what I believe no-name is trying to let you know is that if you got this excited over the mig-welder you might go into cardiac arrest over the performance of a good Tig. Dick
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Ah! Indeed <G>
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