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Posted December 11, 2011 - 01:22 PM

Argon is the gas you are using to shield the weld as it solidifies, Milli-seconds for this to happen. You can use a 75/25 CO2-Argon mix with mild steel welding. 100% Argon is more expensive and not needed for mild steel. I run 100% Argon only when I am welding Aluminum, but others might have different ideas for you. If you get into welding Stainless Steel, I use a Tri-Mix gas Argon, CO2 and Helium mix.

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Posted December 11, 2011 - 01:26 PM

ill consider it when my bottle runs out, it lasts a while as i dont weld every day. i only use it for personal use and the occasional favor. welding stainless seems way above me but in the future i might.

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Posted December 11, 2011 - 01:58 PM

I just use 100% CO2 cause it is the cheapest and I only really weld mild steel. It also gets the best penetration but argon or argon mix does a cleaner weld.

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Posted December 11, 2011 - 03:34 PM

is mild just thin? i only plan on going welding 1/4 to 1/4 tops for right now.

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Posted December 11, 2011 - 06:01 PM

Great trailer, I love to see a homemade trailer build that goes well.

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Posted December 11, 2011 - 08:16 PM

Nice job on the trailer build. And you didn't waste any time putting it to use, looks like it should work well!

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Posted December 11, 2011 - 08:36 PM

is mild just thin? i only plan on going welding 1/4 to 1/4 tops for right now.



No, mild steel is the most common type of steel regardless of thickness. It is a low carbon steel. Higher carbon steels have the ability to be tempered to make it harder for knife blades, make it more wear resistance and stronger. Also the increase in the carbon content reduces melting temperature. Cast iron has I believe, the highest carbon content. I don't know much about it and others with more knowledge hopefully will pitch in with a better and more thorough explanation.

Edited by Lovintractorin, December 11, 2011 - 09:11 PM.


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Posted December 11, 2011 - 08:49 PM

oh, well than i honestly dont know what im even welding, the stuff i make is always out of scrap i have, the only thing i had to buy for the trailer was the coupler.

another thing i keep forgeting to add, the trailer had 22 medium-large billets in it the first time i unloaded it. the little tin trailer i was using for wood before i built this would only hold 4-5 of those billets without breaking or bending the sides. this is waaaayyyyy more efficient.

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Posted December 12, 2011 - 01:01 PM

Thanks for sharing your story. Looks like you built yourself a fine wood trailer. Welcome to the forum!

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Posted December 12, 2011 - 01:24 PM

Very nice and it was free. Thanks for taking the time to share all the nice pictures




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