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01-01-2014 10:17 PM
timothale
plasma tracer

I snapped some picts of my drive motor of my home made pattern cutter> Mine is similar to the one rotten leonard sells. An old windshield wiper that I made a new longer knurled shaft , I hold the nurled shaft against the wood pattern with 2 fingers, I don't know if a speed controller that wood workers use for a router would work.
12-25-2013 07:49 AM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com Way back. I had a Miller stick welder. The Sears surplus store had a high frequency TIG conversion unit. So being the tool freak that I am. I bought it and hooked it up to the Miller..
First job was an aluminum canoe that was ripped almost in two about 1/3 back from the front.. The setup worked. Not like the big square wave at work, but it worked. Next was an airplane fuel tank. Then fabricate the auxillary fuel tank for the Sloan museum entry, a 32 Chevrolet roadster, for the Great Race.
Then I decided to go big time. So I sold the setup to a friend and bought a real TIG welder.. Loved it. But at that time such a welder was about half the size of a Volkswagen beatle..
Glad the new stuff is so much smaller and better.!
12-25-2013 06:53 AM
deadbodyman back when I was taking the welding course the teach said I could build a tig using the big lincoln dial arc 250 (stick welder) I bought from the school when they bought all new machines...I must have had this welder over five years and never used it once. I was thinking about using it for tig welding but have no idea how to do it...It would probably be best to just buy a cheaper one and get used to it before doing anything with the ole Lincoln.
BTW,I'm really loving my new P cutter its everything you guys said it would be...I went with the cut-40 for 400.00....and it was instrumental in getting this job done I could not have done it without the P cutter,weld cutters and drill bits just keep burning up before one hole is done...it works great to blow out one layer of a spotweldonce the panels are separated I simply use the uni bit to make the hole round it looks just like I used the weld cutter bit ..I've been playing with it a little too, cutting aluminum and using a guide to make straight cuts...my next toy will be the pattern tracer...
12-24-2013 12:34 PM
INXS2 They have a 3 year warrenty, if any problems, call tech support, they don't respond well with emails.
12-24-2013 10:53 AM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
You do have a mean streak, don't you? LOL. Merry Christmas!

John
What you talkin bout, Wilson ?? I said you could use it....

It's here.



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I think you'll like it. I've got the Eastwood AC/DC 200 Tig and it works very well. I couldn't afford the Lincoln 225 that we have at work, AC/DC 200 Tig gives the same results. I also have they're Mig 175 and really like the performance. The 40 Amp plasma cutter works great, when you learn how to use it!! You'll be happy with it. The only thing I did different was I bought a flow gage and put it on instead of using they're regulator.
Good to hear someone on this site has actual experience with one. I read the reviews and they were mostly favorable, so I figured for half the cost of the Miller I was looking at, I would give it a try.
I have a Miller Auto 180 Mig and Hobart 60 plasma. This should fill out any welding/cutting chores I come up with. I still have an old Lincoln stick welder and a torch too. Pretty much got all the bases covered now...

The wife was sitting here and giving me dung about all my "stuff". She is a quilter and threatened to buy a long arm machine for quilting large projects. I told her to go ahead...
12-24-2013 10:33 AM
INXS2 I think you'll like it. I've got the Eastwood AC/DC 200 Tig and it works very well. I couldn't afford the Lincoln 225 that we have at work, AC/DC 200 Tig gives the same results. I also have they're Mig 175 and really like the performance. The 40 Amp plasma cutter works great, when you learn how to use it!! You'll be happy with it. The only thing I did different was I bought a flow gage and put it on instead of using they're regulator.
12-24-2013 10:25 AM
John long
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My TIG will be here today.
Merry Christmas to ME...
You do have a mean streak, don't you? LOL. Merry Christmas!

John
12-24-2013 09:08 AM
Too Many Projects My TIG will be here today.
Merry Christmas to ME...
12-24-2013 08:18 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by timothale View Post
I have an old Airco AC-DC High Freq that was used at the college. The welding instructor retired and they closed down the program. Amps is set with a handle on the front of the machine. I kept it because I can stick-arc weld with the hi freq, I like that feature when doing a dirty quick repair on old painted farm and construction equipment with 6011 rod. My lincoln 255 tig is a few years old big and heavy but also can stick weld, It has a water cooled torch with thumb control. It has a pulse setting where I can set it so It has a higher amperage then pulse down. and the time interval is adjustable. That allows high enough amps to light up then automatically ramp down so you don't burn thru. then pulse again so the fire doesn't go out. On some of the new inverter machines you can also adjust the frequency.
Tig Welder Settings Made Simpler
I get a free weekly welding video from jody at
Welding tips and tricks,
Tig Welding Equipment knobs and Buttons for Pulse
Jody used to be a welding instructor, sells a couple things but tests and explains a lot of new products from various manufactures.

since this all started about Plasma here's jody's plasma video

How Does a Plasma Cutter Work?
Excellent site. I am going to enjoy spending some time there. Thanks

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Thats a cool site Tim ,they even let me join up.. I guess they arent too picky about who joins....I watched that plasma vid and learned a few things too..
You are right Mike. Apparently they will let anyone join. I am excited about finding a source for a bit of a TIG education.

John
12-24-2013 05:32 AM
deadbodyman Thats a cool site Tim ,they even let me join up.. I guess they arent too picky about who joins....I watched that plasma vid and learned a few things too..
12-20-2013 07:06 AM
timothale
more new features.

I have an old Airco AC-DC High Freq that was used at the college. The welding instructor retired and they closed down the program. Amps is set with a handle on the front of the machine. I kept it because I can stick-arc weld with the hi freq, I like that feature when doing a dirty quick repair on old painted farm and construction equipment with 6011 rod. My lincoln 255 tig is a few years old big and heavy but also can stick weld, It has a water cooled torch with thumb control. It has a pulse setting where I can set it so It has a higher amperage then pulse down. and the time interval is adjustable. That allows high enough amps to light up then automatically ramp down so you don't burn thru. then pulse again so the fire doesn't go out. On some of the new inverter machines you can also adjust the frequency.
http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/...-settings.html
I get a free weekly welding video from jody at
Welding tips and tricks,
http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/...ent-pulse.html
Jody used to be a welding instructor, sells a couple things but tests and explains a lot of new products from various manufactures.

since this all started about Plasma here's jody's plasma video

http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/plasma-cutter.html
12-20-2013 05:07 AM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by John long View Post


Mike, I am not smart enough to know exactly what we need. I believe we need a good high frequency square wave machine that will operate at a low enough amperage to handle 24 gauge trim material. There have been several knowledgable folks who have tried to explain to me but most of it is over my head.

John
a high frequency........awe crap ,my head just exploded.
12-19-2013 07:14 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
The only plowing I do anymore is my own 440 ft of driveways. No "for hire" business.

If I move south someday, I may have to get this agent info. For now, I'm stuck here. It would be a MAJOR PITA for me to find another place that could accommodate all my "stuff" and have it moved...
There is still land available in this part of the country but I can not guess what it would cost to move a collection of cars and a shop full of equipment......A small fortune I am sure.

John
12-19-2013 06:40 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
LOL, My mother always said house guests were like fish. She really loved them but thought they began to stink after about 3 days.

I can, however connect you with a good real estate agent. You do realize your snow plow business is going to suffer badly if you come.

John
The only plowing I do anymore is my own 440 ft of driveways. No "for hire" business.

If I move south someday, I may have to get this agent info. For now, I'm stuck here. It would be a MAJOR PITA for me to find another place that could accommodate all my "stuff" and have it moved...
12-19-2013 06:08 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
You want to come borrow mine ??

I would bring it down but you probably wouldn't get rid of me until April...

I HATE winter !
LOL, My mother always said house guests were like fish. She really loved them but thought they began to stink after about 3 days.

I can, however connect you with a good real estate agent. You do realize your snow plow business is going to suffer badly if you come.

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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
see that I learned something else ..I thought 450 sounded too cheap.
I'd want the option of welding different materials too if I ever got one..
Mike, I am not smart enough to know exactly what we need. I believe we need a good high frequency square wave machine that will operate at a low enough amperage to handle 24 gauge trim material. There have been several knowledgable folks who have tried to explain to me but most of it is over my head.

John
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