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11-08-2005 02:49 AM
IanRiordan I use a Lincoln 210 single phase 240v mig and the craftsman I get to do my alluminium welding uses a 3phase Miller TIG with a water cooled core. If you're welding 1/4 plate good luck.
11-08-2005 12:40 AM
523100
re: My first post and a welder question

In the meantime, buy a spool of aluminum wire and load up your son's 155 and see what it will do. Might answer some of your questions.
11-06-2005 11:50 AM
Bugs Thanks gcrmcc, I will check around and see what I can find, my daughter asked me yesterday what I wanted for Xmas and I told her a 100% argon tank, I'll have to wait and see what happens with this ,by xmas I should have my shop built, then I will get really serious with the welder
11-05-2005 05:17 PM
gcrmcc
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Looks like I have a lot to learn before attempting to learn to weld aluminum, there's a lot more to it than I thought, my buzz box is A/C only, so you are saying it can be converted over to tig? That is if I can find a high frequency arc stabilizer, this is all greek to me every time I contact a welding supply company and ask questions I get the same thing, "All you need is one of our Blah,Blah Blah welders and you can weld anything", sure, thanks for your help on this
I found my high frequency/arc stabilizer on ebay about 2 or 3 years ago. You must use an A/C welder with high frequency for aluminum so you are o.k. with your Lincoln A/C buzz box. Of course you need the TIG torch, Regulator and Argon gas to make it all work. I paid $300.00 for my high freq unit, 200 amp air cooled torch and regulator as a set. I have had no problems welding different types of alloys with it.

gcrmcc
11-03-2005 11:20 AM
Bugs Looks like I have a lot to learn before attempting to learn to weld aluminum, there's a lot more to it than I thought, my buzz box is A/C only, so you are saying it can be converted over to tig? That is if I can find a high frequency arc stabilizer, this is all greek to me every time I contact a welding supply company and ask questions I get the same thing, "All you need is one of our Blah,Blah Blah welders and you can weld anything", I know there is more to it than that, the time to make a choice is getting close, the appraiser is comeing the first part of the week and I will have the money in hand within 10 days for the welder and my shop, as soon as they get my shop put up I will get really serious about the welder, I am hopeing I can squeeze out enough for a plasma cutter also, this will depend on how nice I can be to the wife I guess

My plans are to build poleing platforms for some of the members in the fishing/shrimping club I belong to so I will mainly be welding fairly thick tubeing, also I want to be able to make repairs on aluminum boat trailers and such, again mostly thick aluminum, but thin welding will come along too ,I am sure, thanks for your help on this
11-02-2005 09:17 PM
46chevyfleetline Just remember you need high freq. to tig alum. and thats where you get into some big bucks no whamies.If you want just a plane ole tig and you don't have a dc arc look into millers back pack welder. this thing is the best. 110/220 and on 220 it will burn 7018 1/8 rod all day. Smaller than the monitor your lookin'into right now
unless you got a flat screen.
11-02-2005 07:54 PM
gcrmcc You might try checking some pawn shops or ebay for a high frequency arc stabilizer to use with your Lincoln buzz (A/C?) box. I use a century 230ac/140dc welder with a Century high freq/arc stabilizer with my tig torch for aluminum and it works real well for me.

gcrmcc
10-10-2005 07:20 AM
Bugs
Hmmmm

Thanks Don, This is why I asked for info on this forum,I am kinda in the dark on this and I like to hear other folks comments before I went and bought a welder, this makes sense on the welding thin aluminum, my son has a mig at the place he works and he can do a fair job on thick but he won't even attempt thin stuff,says he burns it right up,
I don't forsee me ever haveing to weld real thin stuff but I am sure it will come up sooner or later, I guess I had better look into a Tig as well, Thanks
10-09-2005 05:02 PM
Don Meyer Better rethink using a mig on alum. The weld looks terrible compared to tig,You will find it nearly impossible to weld thin alum. This a recommendation from one who is certified in both MIG & TIG. The mig is used mainly for thick alum.

I own a Millermatic 200 & a miller sycrowave 250 Tig & have been welding for 40 yrs.
10-09-2005 03:51 PM
smoke Well that is good to know Bugs. Thanks for the info.
10-09-2005 03:25 PM
Bugs Hi Smoke, The sales lady I talked to about the 155 Daytona Mig tells me that a spool gun isn't nessesary for this welder as long as you have the teflon liner, she also told me that she would be happy to sell me a spool gun for this welder but it cost as much as the welder it's self So I hope she is right , if not I will have a good welder for steel anyway Just have to pick me up a Tig later on
10-08-2005 09:54 PM
smoke You could get a spool gun for your mig welder for aluminum.
10-08-2005 05:35 PM
Bugs
Argon

Thanks Larry, I will try the straight argon on the steel too, hope it will do OK , save on haveing to mess with two bottles, I will get going on this soon and let you know how it goes Bugs
10-08-2005 05:21 PM
crazy larry keep in mind your going to need two sheilding gasses. a co2 argon mix for steel, and argon for aluminum. let us know how you like the mig on aluminum.

actually, you could probably use the straight argon on steel, I really don't know.
10-08-2005 12:04 PM
Bugs
Thanks Guys

Thank you for your replies, I think I will go with the Daytona Mig 155, they build this welder themselves and stand behind it, unless there has been a price change I can pick it up for under $700.00(plus the cost of an argon tank?), getting an extra liner to keep back for welding aluminum only is a very good idea Fast Orange, I sure didn't think about this, Thanks again, I will let you know how it goes
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