Michigan 140A arc Tig welder.Congrats on the new machine, what did you pick up?
If you haven't messed with stick on inverters, just keep in mind that most won't run a 6010, so just go with a 6011 for those applications.
I ran across this ridiculous toy at a pawn shop and had to give it a try:
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It's probably smaller than a 50lb box of electrodes. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but I maxed the setting and tried it out using a heavy 100ft extension cord from a crappy generator and it still maintained a decent arc on 3/32 7018 and 1/8 6011. With that setup I think a 3/32 6011 would've been right in the sweet spot.
I currently have two trucks, with most of my tools and the multi-process machine in one, so that little guy rides in the non-work truck.
Aluminum prebuilt components you would need to add the railsAnyone build steps out of steel? I'm looking for idea on design and material for job trailer steps. They want them light enough that two people can lift them into the trailer. 4' wide and 4 steps total and I have to have removable hand rails.
They said use steel so that's what I'm doing. The boss said 1 1/4 square tube and expanded metal to cover the steps. It looks like with 14 gauge tube that it will be about 130 lbs. Not ideal but they should be able to tilt it into the trailer. We shall see. I was looking at the bar grating last night thinking it would be better but oh well, I won't be lifting it.What sized men need to lift them? Out of steel is fine for permanent but shitty for portable. They make the perforated treads that are already stamped with grip texture on top. That will be your lightest option
If it was me, I would have bought steps. With material and labor involved, this really doesn't make sense to me. I looked up some that we could have bought pretty reasonable. Not the first time I have seen this by bigger companies.The ErectaStep units can be easily moved by 2 men. Very light, and very strong.
Bolt together, so no hot work required.
Damn man, those came out great. Very clean job.The start of my steps. I think they will be fine without a stringer in the middle. There is very little flex with me bouncing on one bar and I'm 200 lbs. I will test with a couple people tomorrow when I finish it up. I am buying a carbide blade saw after this, finer wheels flex more than I like on the angled cuts even going slow.View attachment 7089021
Thanks, I'm pretty happy with it. The chop saw type with a carbide blade. I have the Milwaukee metal circular saw, bought it last year. It's what I used to cut the work bench top on the last project I posted. I love that tool.Damn man, those came out great. Very clean job.
On the saw, are you looking to get a cutoff/chop saw or a metal-cutting circular saw?
I just bought the Milwaukee a few weeks ago and haven't had a chance to use it yet but I have high hopes. Right now I'm cutting sheets and plates with a Metabo, so it's got to beat that.Thanks, I'm pretty happy with it. The chop saw type with a carbide blade. I have the Milwaukee metal circular saw, bought it last year. It's what I used to cut the work bench top on the last project I posted. I love that tool.
The name Harbor Freight sends chills down most spines. However their 4x6 horizontal metal band saw has a cult following. Just search the googles and you see what it can do. I have been super happy with mine with some variable tooth bi metal blades (get a few tho). Yes it will be slower, but slow is (more) precise, and clean.
But im a CICU nurse by trade and do metal fab as a hobby so my advice is worth a little less than you paid.
Thats 1 hell of a chunk of steel on that! Saddly my projects never require anything that massive.
We ran a few of those for a while, they are better for some things than an abrasive saw, and more jobsite portable than a horizontal bandsaw. They come pretty rough from the factory, i ended up turning new bushings and pivot pins for both of the ones we bought. They will also eat blades like crazy if you are cutting angle or channel. You have to feed them super slow into any sharp edge or it will chip teeth off and trash the blade instantly.Bogey, I clamp a straight edge down most of the time and it makes a perfect cut with the circular saw. I want a Bailaigh cold cut saw but I have am waiting to see how the job goes since I've only been there a few weeks. Here is the saw I am looking a to get me by, it is either this one or the Fien slugger. I want a true cold cut saw because of how easy it is adjusting the saw to cut angles. Here is yesterday's project, a bumper for a machine that was hit by a drunk driver.
The Evolution EVOSAW380 steeling cutting circular saw. The mild steel blade can make 1000 cuts before a replacement blade is required*. Ideal for cutting steel plate, square tube, angle iron, pipe, tube and metal roofing.www.evolutionpowertools.com
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We ran a few of those for a while, they are better for some things than an abrasive saw, and more jobsite portable than a horizontal bandsaw. They come pretty rough from the factory, i ended up turning new bushings and pivot pins for both of the ones we bought. They will also eat blades like crazy if you are cutting angle or channel. You have to feed them super slow into any sharp edge or it will chip teeth off and trash the blade instantly.
If you have a shop there is no substitute for a good bandsaw. Keep an eye on craigslist, they come up for sale pretty often depending on how big a saw you need. If you can't dedicate the shop space for a permanant bandsaw like a Hyd-mech, take a look at the Ellis. They're sort of portable, only about $2500 new, and will will cut an 8" wide flange beam.
Just a guess here but I bet the rheostat needs cleaning.Excellent point about the different welders, half the battle for a lot of people is setting a machine. I still fight one every now and again, the stick welder at work is one but I think it is the welder. One day I weld with the dial at 3 o clock position and the next time it won't strike an arc or keep it lit. It will have to be in the 7 o clock position with the same 3/32 rod. Weird thing is the 1/8" rod is about 9 o clock. It has no numbers left on the face of it, it's an old dial arc. I'm about to take my xmt 304 in there so I have enough power to use my air arc with a decent size rod. Fuck trying to torch welds out or use a cut off wheel.