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  1. Bad Sport

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    Sounds like a reasonable deal.

    Keep in mind, IF it isn't set up for gas and he just has the kit with it, some things need to be changed to run the gas as opposed to flux wire.

    At least the one I have did, if I remember correctly I had to change the polarity.

    Just something to keep in mind.
     
  2. diymirage

    diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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    Thanks for the heads up Bruce
    He said he had it hooked up to argon, and I asked him to hook it back up for me so I can try it out when I go to look at it tomorrow
     
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      I think you will like the eastwood its a decent little welder.
       
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      I would just buy a new welder
      And get a cylinder of 25/75. I don't think you will be happy using flux core wire. Just my humble opinion.
       
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        I have three welders. An old Lincoln arc welder, a cheap Campbell Hausfeld wire feed and now a Esab Rebel. With the gas and small wire the Esab does a great job. Check out the videos on the Esab. Yes it is pricey but don’t you deserve it?
         
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        Looks pretty decent for the price...…
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        I'm planning on getting a bottle aswell...at some point

        I'm not really wanting to pay full price for something I'm not hardly ever going to use
        Right now I have 3 projects lined up (four, if I can get a deal on subframe connecters) but I just don't see me using it enough to justify buying new
         
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        • knote72

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          Yeah if it's in good condition and has a regulator then I don't see why not. Standard price currently you're lookin at almost $400 after shipping for a brand new one
           
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          With a welder, you can make you own subframe connectors from $30 worth of steel.
           
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          diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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          got a link or a print?
           
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          • diymirage

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            allright guys
            i picked up the eastwood 135 for $170.000
            i will probably buy a roll of fluxwire for now, and then get a tank of argon when the tax return comes in

            thanks for all the advice guys

            now...what should i look for in a welding mask?
             
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            • SGBARRACUDA

              SGBARRACUDA ROY FABO Gold Member

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              Yea, almost 7 months and 5 page thread, you bought one! Can't be accused of being impulsive. lol
               
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                diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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                well, i didnt want to buy junk, and i didnt want to spend a ton, i think i managed to stay in those parameters
                 
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                  Make sure you get the right gas. 75/25 mix works well.

                  For a welding helmet, I like Speedglas. They're not cheap though.
                   
                • red67gts

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                  whichever helmet you get make sure it is auto darkening. I have several but tend to use the cheapest one I own. The bigger the view works best for me. Less than $50
                   
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                  • diymirage

                    diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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                    Thanks
                    Is there a certain reaction time I need to look for in a auto darkening helmet?
                     
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                    I don't know if there is a measurement time wise. But mine is solar powered and I will set it out in the sun a hour before I am going to use it. I will test it before I start welding with a Bic lighter or a torch striker. To make sure it is charged and working.
                     
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                    I keep a cheap Harbor Freight led light near the work when working in low light. I can use it to test the helmet and also shine it on the work to help in seeing before starting the Arc. I am using a Harbor Freight helmet and have had no problems. Sign up for there coupons which usually gives you 20% off one item and most times there is a coupon for a free led light. I have them all over my boxes and the shop.
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                    I have the HF auto helmet.

                    It's actually pretty nice.

                    It's from when they were $29 if that tells you about durability, although I don't weld much.

                    ..and I ran over it with the lawn mower and it still works!
                     
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                      Here’s is a good video about flux and gas shielded. I suggest you check out others. If you do body work welding definitely use gas and be patient. Many videos about this on line. Getting the work too hot on thin metals will cause warping and more work.
                      Solid Wire Versus Flux-Cored Wire: When to Use Them and Why | MillerWelds
                       
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                      something i noticed in this video i hadn't before, when using flux core wire, the guy doesnt have the nozzle tip on the gun
                      is it common to leave that off when flux core welding?
                      (i under stand its main purpose is to direct the shielding gas, but if that is its only purpose, i guess it really doesnt need to be on there for fluxcore)
                       
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                      Personally I would not weld without the cover unless trying to get into a tight spot. Everyone has different styles of welding that has developed very the years. My thoughts have always been “if it works and gets the desired result then do it.” That is until something better comes along.
                       
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