Possible? Yes. Bitchy? Even more so. The only wire you'll
through that whip is the 5000 series. 4000 series is too
push. 5000 series is _very_ smoky and messy. You use
Argon, and maybe a bit of Helium in the right circumstance.
Would I do it? NFW! TIG rules, especially in repair work.
5356 wire, a teflon liner for the gun, pure argon or argon/helium mix.
You have to keep the gun cable very straight, and clip off the wire
flush with tip every time.
For 3/64" wire use a 1/16" tip.
Smooth drive rollers are best so you don't indent teeth into the wire,
therefore increasing friction.
Drive roller tension should be set so if the wire is stubbed out it
slips on the drive rollers.
This reduces the chance of bird-nesting.
One of the main problems is the slight delay in the gas flow.
This will make a slight barf at the beginning of each weld, unless you
hardwire an over-ride for the gas solenoid in the machine so you get
It can work, but it is a hassle.
How common are rollers with teeth as I've only seen one, although I've
only looked at a few dozen MIG wire feed rollers over 25 years. The
particularly one was on a small low end MIG and was a PITA, as while I
could adjust it to work OK and not birdnest at the slightest sign of the
wire sticking, the owner couldn't. In the end just machined as much of
the tops of the teeth out of the grooves to reduce the bite and job
done, everyone happy.
I did it for a project many years ago because it was my only option.
It worked, but the first time I used a spoolgun I swore..."NEVER AGAIN".
You can rent a power supply for about $50 for a weekend, and a spoolgun
to go with it for about $75.
Plan your project to weld it over a weekend.
It worked for me for years.
I know this sounds like sacrilege , but you don't have to OWN
Ah...er....ahum......you dont? Really?
Your kidding everyone...right?
"Lenin called them "useful idiots," those people living in
liberal democracies who by giving moral and material support
to a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that
would hang them. Why people who enjoyed freedom and prosperity worked
passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us
today. Now the useful idiots can be found in the chorus of appeasement,
reflexive anti-Americanism, and sentimental idealism trying to inhibit
the necessary responses to another freedom-hating ideology, radical Islam"
Bruce C. Thornton, a professor of Classics at American University of Cal State
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