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    They trapped the Greek God of Lightning....

    ... and imprisioned him in my new welder!!!

    I was looking for another mig welder so we didn't need to transfer our Lincoln 255 between my dad's and my shop, but I found this. AC/DC HF TIG Power pack with contactor control so I'm building a wire feeder for mig. Now I can TIG alum too! Not a bad score for the price as it included a gas flow meter, W/C Torch and pedal. Only problem is I won't be able to max it out (who needs to? 400amps!!!!) as it draws 107amps on 240v Single Phase at 300amp output!
    Damn thing weighs 600+lbs, but rolls around nicely on the casters it has and stand taller then my 42's!!!



    Have't tested it yet. As soon as you power it up an turn onthe HF with the pedal connected it tries to strike an arc. The pedal needs some TLC and the cable has a large section taped up so I assume it's shorting out there.
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    i have a very similar 300A welder, i run it on 60 amps and have been able to turn it up to around 200A without issue, because i don't have an expensive water cooled torch 200 is the max you can use and are easily able to weld 3/16 aluminium

    mine cost 50$ what did you pay?

    also if you pull it apart there is probably a couple hundred $ of copper in the transformers.
    Now i have a JEEP I am getting good at fixing things lol

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    50.00? You got me beat!!! I paid 300.00 and all my research pointed to that being a good deal. I blew the 40amp supply to my shop (thought it was 60amp) welding some 1/4 alum practicing. I just turned off everything but the radio and a few lights and it worked fine after that. I'm going to talk to a friend who is an electrician and see about running a new line to the shop.

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    Great if you need to weld 4 inch thick

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    yeah i got a crazy deal, there was around 100 feet of ground / live wire, probably a couple hundred$ worth of wire in scrap.

    i did have to get a torch for it and a foot pedal.

    at 300$ you got a good deal, this thing will outlive any shitty inverter welder by decades. that's probably 30-40 years old and will go another 30-40.

    you should check your spark gap as a gap to large really can cause problems.

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    Been there when trying to diagnose the Short in the pedal. set to spec. I have a complete manual for the Heliweld I which is mid 70's and mine is a II so I put it at mid 80's. So it's as old as me!

    I'm on my 2nd invertor 3in1 machine. I can't complain for the cost of them either. But one of the selling features of this thing was that I completely understand every electrical component in it, unlike tracing 15 pcb boards!

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    was gonna ask ya about that thing when I was there Saturday...that thing is HUGE..lol
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    They trapped the Greek God of Lightning....

    Any news on welder, I'm hoping it works out for you.
    Steve

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    Hey Steve. I've already done a bunch of welding one the chassis of the jeep as my dad has my big mig so I've been working this. The arc is way more stable and easier to control then my invertor welder. I've played with the AC and got it working it's just getting myself working. I had to clean the pedal and hose the welder out with Electronic Cleaner. I'm 50% done building my own wire feeder, just waiting for a PWM board for controlling the wire speed, machine a few more parts to mate to my gear motor and Lincoln whip and it's done.

    Thanks for the welder!
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    They trapped the Greek God of Lightning....

    Your welcome, glad it's working for you...
    Looking for a smaller tig myself right now like a Miller Maxstar 150
    We are also looking for a Jeep to make some fiberglass parts for

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    got a chopped up cherokee you can have for scrap price!

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    They trapped the Greek God of Lightning....

    Looking at a Tj to mold parts for...

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    The starts of a wire feeder. I have everything just need to assemble it
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    They trapped the Greek God of Lightning....

    Any updates on feeder?
    Hey you run rod ends on your jeep?
    If so what did you use?

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