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Old 08-27-2007, 03:15 PM
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Diy Tig

Wow, I haven't been back here in ages!

Just wondering if anyone as been able to build a working copy of my machine???


mine still works good
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:19 PM
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Well I can say for sure that I have not. Mostly because I don't understand the theory or the how to. I Guess that I will have to wait till some one comes out with a detailed diagram and plans.

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Question for Travis

Travis-
Did you ever get around to make your welder do aluminum?
-George
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I've come back and read that thread multiple times and I agree. Its not that I don't understand the theory, but I don't really understand the build. A schematic would be nice. I'm not even really good at reading wire schematics, but it may be easier than trying to read the nine pages of that thread trying to sort it out.

Anyhow, Thanks for the great info. I really wish I could make it work for me. I have alternators and electric motors laying around, just need to understand this better.
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I just got done reading the 9 pages. I feel like I bought a winning lottery ticket and just have to attempt to build this idea to collect. I agree with ca180, a scematic and instructions made up would be much simpiler to follow, although I will be saving the whole thread as well. ( if you do put something out just remember that not all of us are knowledgable at electrical as you and some of the other guys) is there any electrocution risk at the tig torch? ex- welding without gloves and sticking the tungsten with the rod while touching the table? this has got me pretty excited. I also want to thank you for being generous as to share this. thanks -Mike
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did you come up with a high frequency start or do you have to scratch start?
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Not really any electricution risk here once it running...

Well not more than any other tig setup.. I rarely use gloves and have been shocked alot. and it's not much more than sharp jolt and a strong tingle.. It's usually when the tungstan touches the filler rod while my bare arm is touching the table.
Just adds to the fun I think Phwaaap!!

Mind you if you have a pacemaker, you better get a more healthy friend to do the risky stuff.

However while building it and testing there is a alot of risk.. so be carefull!!!

I've just become a custom to using scratch start, so I haven't bothered with HF yet.. Allthough I may mess around with it some more here in the future.. possibly work on some sort of AC for Aluminum as well.

Anyway here is my savage attempt at a schematic.. hope it helps..

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Old 12-16-2007, 02:33 AM
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Dayyumn!

Remember, I am no electrician or an an engineer.. Just a cheap hippy/ Redneck that likes to learn and experiment..

I just looked at that schematic for the first time since I built this.. and by first look I dont even understand it.. I would have to do some research again to be able to build another one.. But I know it is right becuase it works, and when I drew it I was fresh with the knowledge...

Good luck guys, I look forward to seeing some more diy machines running!
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Thanks! :)

Any way I could get you to repeat what you did to the regulator and the rectifier in simpler terms? I have a father-in-law that is an electrical engineer. I think with his help and knowledge, my parts, and your schematic I should be able to get one going soon. I love my mig, but I want the clean welds of a tig.
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No but my ching chong meow meow tig still works both 110/220v, and still stick welds and plasma cuts with the best of them at the flick of a switch and a hose+torch/stinger change.
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by the time you buy all the parts, or spend the TIME getting them for free. and then TRY to get it working. you could just do side jobs, or get a part time job, and buy a real welder. (just because it can weld, doesn't make it a real welder)
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Yeah, but sometime there is the fun of building something.

I'm sure you can understand that...
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by the time you buy all the parts, or spend the TIME getting them for free. and then TRY to get it working. you could just do side jobs, or get a part time job, and buy a real welder. (just because it can weld, doesn't make it a real welder)

Just like a hot rod, do you want to build your own or maybe just buy one?
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Diy Tig

Yes Travis I built a tig welder but the strange thing is I built it before I saw yours on this forum. The only thing that is indentical is how it is driven ( belt with electric motor) most of every thing else is different.
I learned of your welder form my brother-in-law(a professonial welder by trade) a co-worker told him about this welder he found on this car web site and gave him the web address. He came to me to get me to look it up and thats when we discovered it was a tig unit. Well he could not believe that it would weld and I said sure it would as I had built something similar many years ago using a lawnmower for a remote stick welder to do some welding at a hunting camp that I was a member of.
Well you know what happened I wound up building another one only useing a electric motor to run this one and a higher amp alt.
My brother-in-law still has the welder out in Texas, it still works and he loves it.
I think that I still have pics and a wiring diagram of it and if you want I will see about getting them posted.
My cash out lay for this unit was $14.84 for a v-belt and some terminal lugs I had every thing else.
Let me know
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Yeah, but sometime there is the fun of building something.

I'm sure you can understand that...
not only fun, but accomplishment. yes, i do understand that.
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