Hi all (and Ernie...),
Although I'm getting better using the Ready Welder with my TA 185 CC
machine, I'm faced with doing some body panel replacement on my truck and
I'm not confident enough with the RW/TA to feel comfortable using it for
thin steel, I just wanted to confirm something before I start looking for a
used MIG or wire feed machine. * From what I've read on this NG I think I could use my RW as a spool gun
in front of a CV power supply and it should work as well or better than the
original setup, even on thin materials, yes?
* Will the RW/TA work well on body panel gauge steel? IOW, is this just a
matter of me practicing?
Yes it will work fine.
It is a matter of dialing the machine down.
The important bit is reducing the Open Circuit Voltage.
On my Miller Maxstar inverter it is called DIG control.
After reading the PDF operators' Manual for your machine, it seems that
there is a Voltage Reduction Device built in, but it is set to OFF at
The manuals tells how to turn it on.
That should help immensely with running smaller wires on the RW.
I know I have a hot start control, but could never find the equivalent to
the Miller DIG control. I don't think I've ever read about the Voltage
Reduction Device. I'll try to hunt it down. Very cool!
I think the PDF you read was for the Arcmaster 185 which is a more recent
version of the 185TSW I have. My manual says that the VRD exists but gives
no info on how to enable/disable it. The PDF for the Arcmaster does give
that info though. I'll pull the panel off to see if the same process will
work with my machine. My manual seems to indicate that the VRD is set to
"on" as a default though.