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Blue fire 189


May 4, 2019, 5:10 pm

My unit runs but sounds like something is behind the fan Read more »

chip slag impacting electric tool


April 29, 2019, 8:17 pm

Hi Have lovely electrodes - Bohler Phoenix Spezial D 7016's - which normally give easy self-detaching slag. But when filling a groove, if proving anything but easy to remove. With lots of smiles... Read more »

Tig Torch Stand


April 25, 2019, 2:29 am

How important is a stand for your TIG torch? You can buy them so cheap its not worth making, and of course I have metal (and magnets) all over the shop so I could certainly make one, but will I ... Read more »

CO2 mig again


April 24, 2019, 2:24 pm

Going to experiment, have a common or garden variety regulator as used on drink dispensers etc, no flow gauge, so what pressure as a rough guide is likely to give acceptable flow rate? 10 psi? ... Read more »

7018 - E7018 - 7018AC


April 18, 2019, 5:49 pm

Do you or have you used 7018 on an AC source? Have you ever had anybody tell you should only run it on DC? I've had a couple people tell me you have to run 7018 on DC (ep). I have a box of E7018 ... Read more »

tensile breaking machine for test welds


April 17, 2019, 6:52 am

Hello all I've google searched and not found the mythical test machine I visualise should exist for API1104-type welder qualification tests. When the criterion for a welder-the-person test is that... Read more »

7016's/7018's/ Basic rods development over time


April 6, 2019, 8:48 am

Hi all A friend explained that modern dual-coat 7016's which leave the black glass slag have great user appeal (obviously) but are only made possible by modern clean steels, where in times like th... Read more »

CO2 mig versus gasless mig


March 22, 2019, 6:11 am

Tried to ask google and get nowhere (get answers comparing argon mixes etc but none answer the direct question. I have a co2 bottle and can not afford any argon mixes as Australian gas suppliers... Read more »

Preflow on MIG


February 3, 2019, 3:50 pm

I know. I know. That's not really a thing. Still I was welding up some T-handles on thread rod for some tools yesterday. I noticed that for just a fraction of a second at the beginning of the fi... Read more »

"Welding" Unknown Pot Metal


January 17, 2019, 7:28 pm

I've got a part I'd like to repair if for no other reason than to be able to do it. The value is much lower than my time. It?s a die cast mystery alu-zinc part. From what I have read the BlueD... Read more »

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Using Paintball Cylinder for MIG

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I've got a 40 cuf argon bottle with a cheap lincoln electric mig, which works nicely on aluminum, but leaves low penetration on steel. I want to make a mixing manifold for argon and co2, but I don't... Read more »

Miller Snap Start - HF-251 differences??

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TIA for any information on the following units: Is the Snap Start able to output continuous HF or is it only for arc starting? What is the diffrence between the Snap Start and Snap Start II? Are they... Read more »

Stick welder transformer questions

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Hi, I have an old Abel 130 amp welder that grunts and groans when I set it to 100 amps or more. The hum starts to sound distressed a bit like the unpleasant edge to a sound when a speaker is overloa... Read more »

welding with coat hangers?

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A colleague just told me a story of mechanics in Viet Nam fixing helicopters by stick welding using coat hangers, and that the coating on the hangers was sufficient flux to get the job done. Is it j... Read more »

Opinions on Snap-On Plasma Cutter

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Hello, I'm trolling the net looking for anyone who can offer reality-based opinions on a particular model of plasma cutter. There's a Snap-On model YA2230 for sale in my area. I know very little ab... Read more »

Lincoln Square Wave TIG 275 problem!

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Help please! My machine is behaving most rudely. It starts off fine an after a few seconds the main arc goes out and just leaves the HF arc and a hissing sound. When I start the machine cold it works... Read more »

Moving jumper tabs to change input voltage on Syncrowave 300 welder

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Gentlemen. I recently acquired an old Syncrowave 300 welder at an auction. It is currently set up for 460 volts single phase. This setting involves one copper or brass jumper tab that join termina... Read more »

water cooled TIG torch cooling alternative ?

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as the topic states , I am researching alternative ways to cool watercooled tig torches. factory cooling systems are $500 +-, someone told me that cooling systems can be built easily, would some ... Read more »

Miller MRH 5 Robot

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We have one of these robots with the C1 control sitting in our shop not hooked up, it came from an auction. Anyone out there using one of these units? We just got the manual from Miller and are getti... Read more »

Is welding a skill or a talent?

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I have wondered this. Is welding something that you can learn, or something that you just have a talent for? Galileo said, We can teach a man nothing, but only help him discover it within himself. ... Read more »

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