17 years ago
We have a bunch of novices who need to do some aluminum fab.
Most of the stock will be 1/8" wall sq tube and 1/8-1/4" bar stock used
to construct 20'x10" trusses.
Will we be totally frustrated and wasting our $ if we try the Clarke
185SG dedicated spool gun? ~$600
Has anybody out there actually used this machine?
Or: Should we just buck up and get a Miller 210 with a 3035 spoolgun? ~$1700
I've searched old messages here and found mentions of the Clarke
welders, but no actual reports of performance.
Are there any other machines we should consider?
Whatever we end up with will only be used occasionally in pretty short
spurts, so duty cycle isn't a really big deal.
We are currently using a Hobart Handler 140, but it doesn't seem worth
it to try to retrofit a spoolgun.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
University of Minnesota
College of Architecture
W.L. Hall Workshop