reply to ALL you guys :-)
Bob Engelhardt said:
> I saw the video showing the wire feed parts, and you don't need to
> parts if you just use some .035" or .045" wire.
> The parts definitely look to be in good condition, barely used.
thanks bill. I actually have about nine dip-pak welder related vieos
'up' on youtube now...
> Get a keyed sprocket hub at TSC Tractor Supply Co, or other source, which
> fits a 3/8" shaft.
> Chuck the hub (or a 3/8" shaft) in a lathe, and turn the hub to the same
> diameter and width as the existing part, then cut one groove for
> one for .030".
great idea, and I actually thought of it myself, earlier. and of,
alternately, using a lovejoy coupling half, or a spur gear. *however*,
the main stumbling block with all those items is the setscrew bore being
.. "right where I don't need one". I'm actually also watching 3/32nds
keyway broaches, collars, and .375 reamers, now, on ebay...and
> Finding the drive part manufacturer isn't likely going to do you any
> since they finished that parts production run a long time ago.
righto, but, then again, maybe not. "bubba can always hope", or he also
hopes someone here might KNOW of, perhaps, another MIG that uses 'simple
keyed bore' mig feed rolls that ride on a .375 shaft...
> I know that the MIG feed assemblies have changed significantly over the
> years because I own an older Solar/Century, and a newer Hobart, and
> no resemblance in the feed assembly parts.
I'm not 'style or year' picky; I'd use ANY feed roll from ANY maker
that'd fit my shaft (turning the OD's is far less hassles than reaming
> You'll also need to get a MIG gun cable assembly if it's missing (all
> was the ground lead), and you'll probably need to machine the end
> fit into the wire feed assembly.
I have it all, bill (less the extra feed rolls I'd like to obtain). mig
gun, front to back and end to end, connectors, cables, owners and parts
manuals, argon regulator and flowball thing, hoses, all of it.
see it here (still pix):
or on youtube "dip-pak mig", nine hits, ALL my movies:
YouTube - dip-pak mig
> You'll also need some contact tips for the .030" wire and .025" too,
> use it.
actually, I also bought a new bernard outer nozzle, and about twelve
tips (longer, real bernard, 'right sized' for my new 030 batch of wire,
on ebay, just after buying the welder)
> Those are easy to make, too.
actually, for my bernard, they're cheaper and easier to buy NEW than try
to make. they 'screw into' the diffuser by an eccentric-twist; they're a
> FWIW, changing over from the .035/.045" wire to .025/.030" will likely
> require swapping the gun cable assembly liner for wire size changes.
right :-) I'm just about to order a new 030 liner, and some spare outer
nozzles, and a few spare tips too. found a place that sells genuine
Bernard stuff for LESS than the big online "welding cloneware" dealers
sell their "crude equivs" for...
> The last thing you'll be needing is some luck, as in; lucky if the
> produces a stable arc.
um, yeah. seller assured me it does. and he DID make good on a bum reel
of wire he sent me (same seller, same day, different purchase)-sent me
the correct and NEW spool. however, I recently discovered my 'new'
welders' wire spool HUB brake is "far more draggy" from about 7 to 8
o'clock position than it is elsewhere when turning it by hand - then
found (by chance) a slightly angled drive spool stud (and related
previous bad repair, directly behind the same stud), causing the 'very
uneven spooldrag' problem...(see the movies I posted about it - 'it gets
a bit involved').
the short version is: sometime in the past the big reel center stud fell
out, and got brazed back in, but not exactly straight and 90 degrees.
it's angled downward and forward a bit...makes the brake drag quite
uneven. that, I'm sure, will cause me some grief in the 'wirefeed
smoothness' arena, so, I'm looking into cures for it now...namely,
either remaking the spool-stud mount 'complete', or changing what's
there for the better, and reinforcing it substantially)
> You would be wise to obtain a manual with parts list before even starting
> with a project like this, so you would at least have some reference part
> numbers and descriptions to search for.
yeah, bill, have those. searching for those part numbers, or even for
any airco parts, numbered or not, 'pretty much gets zip'...unless a guy
likes paying 'through the nose' or 'stumbles over' some ol' source...I
persist in my searches, though, meanwhile...craigs, ebay, classifieds
site, other sites, day in, day out. it'll happen, eventually.
> I dunno where you'd be able to find a manual, eBay maybe.
ESAB e-mailed me one. couldn't help me with any parts, though.
unfortunately. and yeah I DID ask :-)
thanks bill :-)
gunner said (paraphrased)
>did you call those guys in southern CA I told you about?
not yet, sir, but I intend to FIRST thing monday morning :-)
so *THANKS* again gunner, wild bill, bob, and all you guys :-)