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  1. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Ok... what is the smallest rig that will weld continuously for atleast a
    couple feet without getting hot and shotting down or getting hot not welding
    well?

    I've got a little flux core wire feed from Harbor Freight, and on a ncie day
    like today, I can weld about 3-6 inches on 1/8 to 1/34 cold rolled before it
    starts to spatter. At that point no adjustment works, and if I do push it a
    little further the thermal overlaod kicks it off anyway.

    I don't really have a problem with that, except that it takes forever to
    cool down enough to weld good again.

    I need something better. Yeah, I know you get what you pay for. I just
    don't know if I can swing 2 or 3 grand for a really nice rig. I do have a
    regulator and mix bottle already, and I've tried it with this little 110
    welder. It makes a slightly cleaner weld than the flux core, but t doesn't
    weld any further before shutting down, and I use this little toy in a lot of
    places where lugging the bottle around just isn't practical. As a result I
    just leave a big spool of flux core in the unit and use it.

    Anyway, when (not if) I get a bigger rig with a longer duty cycle it will
    not totally replace the little carry box. I will still need it
    occassionally in the field.

    Heck, I'm rambling and letting my welder cool down so I can finish my
    project. So what's the smallest unit you would get if you wanted a really
    high duty cycle? Seems I weld a lot of 1/8 upto 1/4" cold rolled. Rarley,
    but occassionally 3/8.

    I've got outlets wired for 30amp and 50amp equipment in my shop, and by the
    overhead doors so I can work outside.
     
  2. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Dang. Wrong group.
     
  3. tourman

    tourman Guest

    RHC: Bob, Hobart make a professional quality MIG welder that is as
    professional as it gets. It sells for about $1100 new, but is used in
    factories extensively for up to 100% duty cycle. I have used mine for
    years and takes the place of my computerized Lincoln for most jobs. It
    is 110, and draws about 20 amps at maximum capacity. But it is
    professional quality equipment so it never overheats. It will weld all
    day up to quarter inch, but will weld up to 3/8 inch steel too when
    needed

    At the moment I am in Florida, so I cant give you specifics about the
    model etc, but it should be possible to locate it through Google.
     
  4. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    I'm looking at a Hobart Ironman 210 or 250 230 volt, but I have to consider
    price too.
     
  5. alarman

    alarman Guest

    Jeez, Bob. You weld your keypads to the wall or what??
    js
     
  6. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Nope, but I have been known to make my own antenna and camera mounts for
    special applications. Actually the project that's driving my to frustration
    right now is converting an old boat trialer into a flatbed to haul the kids
    dune buggies to the bowl so the can run around on some new ground... er and
    to haul equipment for work mostly of course. LOL. I would have been done
    already if I had a better welder.
     
  7. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Its a local ATV riding area.
     
  8. alarman

    alarman Guest

    That's what the "zonies" call the CA desert.
     
  9. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    There is a spot out in the Glamis sand dunes in Ca called "The Sugar Bowl."
    I was actually refferring to a more local spot.
     
  10. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    P.S. I'm definitely getting better. To the point when I know if the
    chicken splatters on the metal are me or the machine.
     
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