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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    I see you are a Yanmar fan. My first tractor was a Yanmar 4220D with 4 WD and FEL. I loved that powershift. That is almost as good as a hydrostatic drive. I also purchased a HOWSE bush hog with it.
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    Fixing bucket, straightening bent cutting edge and welding on a new one.

    Just bring it by my welding shop and 15-20 minutes will have it fixed up.
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Charge him like a welding shop would for your work and he wont be back.
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    how fast can you move?

    Peanut butter I have used, but never heard about using coffee. Do you mean coffee beans or do you put a tiny cup of coffee with a tiny sweet roll?
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    Aluminum Jon Repair

    If you were using TIG you could preheat with the torch, alas, not possible with MIG. A minute(of less) of preheat saves several minutes of rework. LOL
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    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    I got my sign up on the fence right by a bunch of equipment that I need to sell: 8 foot landscape rake, 6 foot box blade, TG-72 King Kutter tiller and a 2 row cultivator. Anyone nearby interested in those items let me know.
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    So true, every homeowner should have some type of welder just for small repairs like that. Just one repair done by the owner rather than hiring it out will pay for the welder. It doesnt have to be a thousand dollar welder either. A small 120v machine will do a lot of work if it is an...
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    Basement door into basement project.

    One or two of those pressurized struts like the ones that hold up your car hood would assist in raising the door. I think I would go with aluminum frame on the door with a stainless steel frame on the deck (no rust that way and plenty strong. Diamond plate the door and forget about adding the...
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    No gas welders?

    Once preheat temp is reached, you dont need to keep heating. Put down the torch and pick up the MIG gun and get going. I would just heat till the water vapor goes away from the area to be welded then heat the start point of welding to 400F and then no more heating should be needed as long as...
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    Should I buy this deal?

    You could negotiate a lower price with the seller. Likely he is just as ignorant of the value as you were, then again, some folks really value their stuff and think it is greater than new. I have seen lots of stuff for sale on Craigslist that is listed for more than new price.
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    Aluminum Jon Repair

    The soot is from contaminates and has nothing to do with your Argon flowrate. Actually you can get so much flow that it pulls air into the weld area just like a venturi . If inside and no fan blowing cut back to 15 CFH. Clean the area with acetone immediately before you weld. Aluminum...
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    No gas welders?

    I would think that a hand held propane torch would give you plenty of heat for that. If you really wanted to heat it fast, a Harbor Freight weed burner would do the trick but it would heat a large area. I would just use a Coleman with 1# bottle of propane. You can warm the whole area to drive...
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    PrimeWeld 3 in 1

    I have always used the red (2% Thoriated) but I suppose anything but pure tungsten would work just as well.
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    New floor for my backhoe

    That thing is looking almost like new. Are you going to replace the side window?
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    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    I need to put up a sign and do some local advertising and then see what happens.
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    how fast can you move?

    There is no longer a mouse in the house. I woke up this morning to a scratching sound in the bathroom and there that big mouse was, stuck to a glue trap that I had baited with dog food. Needless to say, I didnt set him free outside but I did give his head a good rap against a steel post. It...
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    Aluminum Jon Repair

    How much flow are you using. 15-20 CFH should be plenty as long as you are not in a strong wind.
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    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    I have used them on Liquid Argon tanks to hook up two double flow meters and they work great for that two. Those big chunks of brass are likely a bit of $$ now. Back then the company was paying so it wasnt a big deal.
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    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    One regulator will definitely run 2 flowmeters. I used to put them together like that for my TIG welders when I was a welding supervisor. One gauge, one bottle and you had the torch and a purge meter to use. I once had a nice double set up with Smith flowmeters. They were a lot more durable...
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    Aluminum Jon Repair

    You are definitely getting better at aluminum welding. Are you preheating?
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    Should I buy this deal?

    Check with your welding supply to see if they will fill them. All my LWS requires is a statement by owner that he owns the bottles. They dont care who has a stamp on them. New bottles are minimum $300 each for 125 CF if larger much more. MY LWS wont sell 240 CF because they cost too much...
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    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    Well you did get a good welding machine, capable of making solid and nice looking welds. I have all this nice welding equipment so I have been thinking about advertising my services as a welder /fabricator (I did that as a journeyman and managed a fabrication shop a couple of times in my...
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    how fast can you move?

    The wife keeps a tray of dry food out for our German Shepherd to snack on whenever he is hungry so I think that is what attracts the mice to the house. They are smart enough to hide close to the door and run in when it is opened. The dog can open the door also to go in and out and they have...
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    how fast can you move?

    Sure did and she went in and put glue traps all over the closet and bathroom. I have a smart mouse in my shop eating into some Styrofoam packaging. I have put trap and glue traps and failed to catch him. Today I put more glue traps and baited them with some dog food pellets. I placed them...
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    how fast can you move?

    Come on guys, you havent lived till you have had a rat tickle your balls.
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    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    Actually with solid wire you can weld either way without much difference in appearance or fusion when welding in the 1G. I equate the welding with solid wire to TIG welding and it can go either way if necessary, FCAW is more like stick welding and can also go either way. IF going Vertical...
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    how fast can you move?

    I was doing my morning business on the pot when suddenly something started scratching my privates. Back had been bothering me for several days but man I came off the pot so fast that I didnt even feel any back pain. After I got up, a rather large mouse jumped out of the commode and just sat...
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    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    Decreasing the wire feed speed will have the same effect as lowering the amperage when stick welding. If you are burning thru, drop the feed speed down 30-50 IPM and lower the voltage 1 volt. If you can play with the dials while you weld, you can get it tuned in quickly. My Titanium also has...
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    Harbor Freight MIG/ FCAW wire

    I guess it could have been the hole size was not accurate, off by a thousandth or so. They are just copper so that should not be an issue
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    Land Planes for road maintenance

    I hear you on the growth factor. I mowed my yard Sunday and looking out my bathroom window this morning, it is 3-4" tall already. Some of the problem could be because I put out 400 # of 13-13-13 fertilizer the same day and it rained Monday all day.
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    Harbor Freight MIG/ FCAW wire

    I had that happen one time. Mostly I just arc out the tip but the wire doesnt fuse to the tip. I do take a oxy-acetylene torch tip cleaner to the contact tip sometimes to clean out the carbon build up and that makes it feed much better. I also chuck up the tip in my drill and then sand the end...
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    Bat

    Cool! Now what will you do with it?
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    Quick mig welder fixes, that save time

    Same here. I had been using self tapping screw to anchor the T-post to the corner galvanized post but they never held for long. Now that I have welded them, I dont think they will ever move again. I had been wanting to do that for 10 years but didnt have the equipment to remotely weld.
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    Quick mig welder fixes, that save time

    I thought about selling my Titanium 125 since I now have the Titanium 170, but yesterday I use the 125 to weld up some bracing on my corner fence post. It only weighs about 10 # including the MIG gun and all cables. It ran well on about 100 feet of extension cord. I think I will keep it around.
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    Quick tow hitch

    You better rig up a flag stand on that hitch ball to warn of knee knocker situation. I can guarantee that you will hit that several times before your knees get so sore that you remember it is sticking out so far. Even worse, the wife hits it and you will catch hell for that then.
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    Quick tow hitch

    Now put one on the front also. Really handy there when moving a trailer around in tight quarters.
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    Harbor Freight MIG-180 upgrade

    I used my Titanium 125 this morning to weld some braces on my yard fence corner post. I had to stretch out about 100 feet of extension cord but it worked fine. I drove some T-post in the ground at an angle then welded them to the galvanized post. Didnt even have to remove the thin galvanized...
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    Tools making tools...

    If I were attempting to roll it around with a lot of weight on it, I would make it a 4 wheel stand. I still get goose bumps every time I think about riding those old 3 wheel ATVs that were so unstable with only 3 wheels that the government outlawed them.
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    Harbor Freight MIG/ FCAW wire

    I finally got the one roll of Chicago Electric wire to feed and weld but it spatters and sparks a lot. You likely loose 20% minimum of the weld metal due to spatter with that wire. Other than that, it seems to produce a solid weld. The Vulcan wire does much better but none is as good as the...
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    Harbor Freight MIG-180 upgrade

    You guys are so lucky at finding bargains.
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    Millermatic 200 vs Hobart handler mvp210

    I was looking at an Eastwood MIG 175 with spool gun for $549 (good price) but when I saw the weight, I had to pass. Weight was listed at 89 pounds. I would have needed some help just to get it out of the box and onto my cart. I went instead with an inverter machine from HF the Titanium 170 at...
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    Millermatic 200 vs Hobart handler mvp210

    Well the TIG torch can be bought for around $70-100 depending on the model, a flow meter I bought online was $30 and it works well. I think the foot pedal controls are around 100-150 so you can go from there and price a new model that comes with everything .
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    Harbor Freight MIG/ FCAW wire

    I keep the spools that I am not using in ziplock plastic bags. One could also put some desiccant in with it . I have no idea how you would keep the spool on the machine from absorbing moisture. I think I read somewhere that the wire is good for about a year after opening the package. I dont...
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    Tool stands from scrap

    I know what you mean, I think we could have shop as big as a Walmart and it would eventually fill completely full. I bet Jay Leno's garage is also full. LOL
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    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    Hey Guys, Yomax sent me some Welcote .030 flux core wire and it is the best I have used. Low spatter and good penetration. If you can find some, give it a try. I think it is better than the Lincoln NR211. It also produced a really smooth weld bead
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    Tool stands from scrap

    I built a 30 x 30 shop to play in but after we got the house built with a 30x 30 double garage, I bought a Kubota RTV and it gets parked in the garage, so my truck took up one bay of my shop. Now I also have a Goldwing motorcycle parked in the other bay so my work space is getting tight also...
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    PrimeWeld 3 in 1

    I was welding some Titanium once using an IdealArc Lincoln machine. Just playing around my buddy and I bet who could weld the thinnest material. He did weld the coke can thing and then it was my turn. I used the foil from a pack of cigarettes, tacked two pieces of that together. It wasnt...
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    PrimeWeld 3 in 1

    If my chart is right, 20 gauge is just .032" thick, he is going to need lots of practice to weld that. I tried a piece of thin gauge, dont know what it was, but very thin (it was the case frame of a microwave) and even at 40 amps it disintegrated. The smallest wire I have is 3/32" and I really...
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    PrimeWeld 3 in 1

    When I used to weld TIG as a pipe welder, I liked to use 3/32" for most of my work. It was easier to sharper than 1/8 " and would carry 150 amps ok without burning. Any thing more than 150 amps, I went to 1/8". The 1/16" stuff was just too small for more than 40-50 amps. Cup size also needs...
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    I posted some photos in a couple of threads using the Welcote wire in my Titanium 170 Mig . I...

    I posted some photos in a couple of threads using the Welcote wire in my Titanium 170 Mig . I like it. It welds so smooth with very little spatter and hardly any sparks thrown off like the Vulcan wire does. I was using 19.2 volts and 300 IPM wire speed.
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