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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:16 AM

Haven't taken the time to order that spot welder yet, but did get myself a new helmet. I figured it was time to retire
that 40 year old POS.

I got an auto darkening one. WOW, what a difference. All I can say, is, if you're still using anything other, you're missing
out. So much easier to get good welds, and less clamping time, because you can hold the part.
I actually enjoy using it so much, I'm starting to dream up welding projects.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 11:03 AM

Thanks for the testimonial on the helmet Will. It's nice to hear from someone who has switched over.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 11:46 AM

At that price I like that spot welder as well. Has anybody used one yet?

I use a Miller auto-dark and changed the battery once in the last 10 years. I will never go back.
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Posted March 01, 2012 - 01:16 PM

I got an auto darkening one. WOW, what a difference. All I can say, is, if you're still using anything other, you're missing out. So much easier to get good welds, and less clamping time, because you can hold the part. I actually enjoy using it so much, I'm starting to dream up welding projects.


I use a Miller auto-dark and changed the battery once in the last 10 years. I will never go back.


I have had an ArcOne Visions auto darkening hood at work for several years and have really loved it. I looked into one of them for home, but they were cost prohibitive. Just picked up a Matheson hood the other day. It has a Miller Auto Dark lens assembly in their build of a hood. Haven't had the chance to use it yet, but I'm sure that I will like it!

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 06:03 PM

At that price I like that spot welder as well. Has anybody used one yet?

I use a Miller auto-dark and changed the battery once in the last 10 years. I will never go back.



We bought an Auto darken helmet about 10 years ago. I was never really happy with how it was slow to respond
and couldn't really see all that well with it.
As with all things, technology has come a long way, fast.

It would be interesting, Ducky, if you could get your hands on a new helmet, and compare to yours.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 06:19 PM

I also use a Auto-Darkening helmet, got mine from Princes Auto, cheap one but it works.
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 05:40 AM

Haven't taken the time to order that spot welder yet, but did get myself a new helmet. I figured it was time to retire
that 40 year old POS.

I got an auto darkening one. WOW, what a difference. All I can say, is, if you're still using anything other, you're missing
out. So much easier to get good welds, and less clamping time, because you can hold the part.
I actually enjoy using it so much, I'm starting to dream up welding projects.

Will, What brand did you buy? And why did you choose it? I'm still a little ansy about them, but they sure are slick.

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Posted March 02, 2012 - 06:12 AM

I have 3. A Huntsman, Miller, and Hobart. I use the Hobart the most.

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Posted March 02, 2012 - 07:29 AM

Will, What brand did you buy? And why did you choose it? I'm still a little ansy about them, but they sure are slick.



This is the one I got.
http://www.buyweld.com/w4011800.html

I choose it, because where I live, I don't have many choices. That's what they stock in town. They agreed, that
if I didn't like it, they'd be getting it back. That can't have it back. LOL

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Posted March 02, 2012 - 01:08 PM

Here is something I think you guys may like.
Very good information.


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Posted March 03, 2012 - 09:23 AM

When I have a few minutes, I'll have to watch both of these. Thanks, ducky!

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 10:57 AM

I watched both videos and thought they were very good. Thanks for posting them ducky.

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 11:07 PM

Here's a table I am using to keep things flat when welding:


You can clamp the parts down on it and tack so they don't 'pull' when welding. ..
I like the desk part of this as I can sit down and relax for small stuff. The table will spin a full 360 degrees.


That's a great Idea!! I hate having to bend over something while I'm welding it... I carry a few extra pounds in front and the ol' back screams at me at the end of the day...

Speaking of welders, here's one I just bought at auction out of Wyoming.

Miller Welder FRT.jpg Miller Welder LH.jpg

It's an old Miller portable, engine-driven welder that puts out 200 amps. This one also has 115 & 230 Volt AC, and 110 Volt DC. The engine is an Onan CCKA... when in generator mode it puts out about 5,000 watts and runs at about 1800 rpm. It runs up to about 2800 rpm when welding.

The ad said the welder worked and the engine ran, but it needed a tune up. I paid $450 for it, and another $280 to get it shipped to the business where my buddy works in North Salt Lake--they have a forklift and could offload it (the thing weighs over 500 lbs).

I just got it home this evening. I checked the oil--full up and clean.. ditto for the oil in the oil bath air cleaner. New spark plugs; fresh gas in the tank....hmmm

I pulled the plugs, put a squirt of oil in it and cranked a few times, then I checked the compression... 120 psi in one cylinder and 125 psi in the other... I thought, "This is looking better all the time."

I put a squirt of carb cleaner in the plug holes, reinstalled the plugs and cranked it over. It fired right up and runs as smooth as a sewing machine... It has 40 pounds oil pressure at idle and 50 pounds at top speed...

I haven't tried to weld with it, yet... I need to get some welding rod, but I'm excited about it!!
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Posted June 22, 2012 - 05:21 AM

Congrats on the Miller! Glad it runs great, have fun with it!

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Posted June 22, 2012 - 07:35 AM

That's a great buy, you'll find all kinds of stuff to do with it.

Just don't tell all your neighbors & buddies... Otherwise you'll be trucking it all over the place.




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