Howdy im in the market for a spool gun set up for a miller xmt 300
cc/cv machine. Normal its suppose to take a Miller 30A with a W-24
controller,direct plug in, but mega bucks here at over $1200 for the
both especially for a hobby welder.
I am thinking about the Ready Welder, read good things here, but would
prefer a more durable or "regular" spool gun since I have constant
current already. any way to spooge in a off brand spool gun like a
http? seems to be a lot of brands out their for around $500. only
problem i see is hooking up the wire feeder motor wires to the 14 pin
amphenol plug on the welder.
one word of advice i already have is ANY spool gun will work I just
have to find the right pins in the amphenol 14 pin connector on the
machine to plug into to drive the motor in the spool gun.
is this about right? thanks eric
Wayne Cook is right...be careful of voltage issues between models.
Also, they have different pin counts sometimes too. Right now the guy
at Zena welding is developing a better (more user friendly) power
supply for hooking the readywelder up to CC & CV machines. I hope to
have a prototype to test in the next few weeks. If this things works
like I'm hoping it will...it will perform as good as the 30A...at a
much cheaper price (no need for a W-24 control module either)...and
will allow anybody with a garage arc welder (or professional shop
equipment) to MIG / FCAW!!!
I'll let you guys know how the test comes out.
ok, i will pay attention to that,..... its funny how a miller 30A spool
gun and controller equals the cost of a complete mig welder thats
commercial quality. I am kicking myself in the arse now. I wish i had
bought a miller or hobart mig with 200 amp output or so. but live an
clutch do you work for zena? or is your prototype your own work? i am
curious to know how it goes.
I don't actually work for Zena. I do some photography & video work
on the side (I'm doing some for zena now & just finished some for
readywelder), as well as some consulting for companies seeking to do
buisness with the government. As someone who spent 25 years in the
military welding and machining I know what soldiers need & how to get
it to them. I helped bring the readywelder into the army several years
Before my retirement in September I began looking at
alternator/welders as a cost effective alternative to expensive field
welding equipment. What I found was truly remarkable...zena...premier
power welder..& mobi-arc all do a GREAT job of burning a 1/8" E6010 or
E7018!!! The zena & the premier both also do a great job powering the
readywelder as well.
I posed the idea to the owners of zena & readywelder that an easy to
use & effective spoolgun that will hook to ANY welding machine...CC or
CV has a very real place in the market (civilian or military)...as long
as they can keep the cost down. The guy at zena assures me it's no
problem & I expect I'll get something the end of next week to try. I'll
do pictures & let you folks know how it goes.