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    Default My 200DX arrived today!

    Sucks that I'm working through till Friday and won't have a chance to even put it on the cart till late tomorrow night.

    The consumables were all over the place in the box, but all are there and nothing is broken (small nick on the outside of one of the cups, but since it's on the outside I doubt it'll affect anything at all).

    Not liking the electrode holder, probably swapping it out this weekend for a clamp style like I'm used to.

    Machine arrived with nothing broken externally, though there's something loose inside, on the bottom. I can hear it floating around when I rock it back and forth, will open it up and take a look late tonight after work or tomorrow perhaps and get with support if it's anything important.

    Anything else I should look for when I'm inside the case?

    Hopefully I'll be tigging this weekend, though something came up, not sure if I'll have enough for a bottle just yet. Friend called with a rescued bulldog pup, snatched it right out from under animal control. They were going to take her and put her down. Looks like a couple of near future projects will be some gates to keep her out of the kitchen (no cabinet doors) and a custom doggie door to install in the livingroom wall (patio door isn't configured for one).

    Folks that found her named her Sprocket, but I'm thinking Tig... I think the universe sets things up for reasons, I'm not so big into 'signs' but I do believe there's an order to things, a plan, karma, and all that, no real coincidences.
    Trip Bauer
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    Hey, excellent news all around. New welder and a new friend. Keep us up-to-date with how you are liking the new machine and your projects. Tough being excited about something but you have to waaaaait ........
    Is it OK to want to break something just so that you can weld it back together?

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    Would love to take time off work, but... limited vaca left this year. I do have next Wed off for the 4th though.

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    Looks to be about a year old, American and possibly English mix, maybe some Boxer. Great disposition, very well behaved, damn shame someone dumped her. There are some real arses out there. They got a first round of shots taken care of, and my area has free spay/neuter/rabies programs for bulldogs and bulldog mixes. She's about 45lbs, not cropped or docked.

    I'd post pics of the welder too, but it looks like the other 200DXs out there
    Trip Bauer
    Former USN HT
    Everlast 200DX New Model
    Hobart Handler 125 MIG
    Van Norman #12
    Atlas 12" engine lathe
    '98 RoadKing - 84 Ironhead - 59 Ironhead

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    Cute dog. Hope she was well cared for before you came along.

    Yeah, there's a few 200dxs with the folks here. Great machine. You're going to love it. Bit on the big side for what I need but that is nick-picking. I'd jump on the chance to get one if I could afford it. By all accounts, it's an outstanding welder.
    Is it OK to want to break something just so that you can weld it back together?

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    Bit on the small side for some things here, but it'll do for 90% and I'll pick up a nice big MIG in the fall for the bigger stuff (I'd rather MIG those, but mine is only a 125)

    The loose rattly bit was a blob of solder, just a loose blob, 3/16" diameter, has no indication it came off of anything, looks like a drop from a soldering iron that bounced in at some point, so all good there!

    The cord only has 3 wires, I'm assuming white to one side, black to the other, ground to ground? No red wire as was mentioned in wiring up other machines. I did look through the 'manual' but didn't see a diagram. I'll read it through more thoroughly when I'm done laughing... Section IV: Description of the Erection. Well, I'm excited it arrived, but I don't know if I'm quite that excited, LMFAO.

    Guys, the welder looks sharp, the innards look well organized and put together, all the connections look great and clean soldering (I've seen some nasty stuff out of that COO) but the manual really gives a bad impression.
    Trip Bauer
    Former USN HT
    Everlast 200DX New Model
    Hobart Handler 125 MIG
    Van Norman #12
    Atlas 12" engine lathe
    '98 RoadKing - 84 Ironhead - 59 Ironhead

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    Congrats on the new pup, and the new machine! Apparently manuals are the pride and joy of the factory owner, and he can't be convinced to get a different hobby. The logistics of keeping updated manuals on the factory floor are too great to overcome, so the advice of the moderators here is to discard the manual you get in the box, and download your manual from the EverlastGenerators.com website: every page on that site has a red "Manuals" button in the upper right corner.

    Hey, I heard there's heavy weather coming your way in FL, heads up!
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    I want to re-read it in detail to see if anything tops "description of the erection" LOL

    I have my USN manuals, as well as Metals and How to Weld them, New Lessons in Arc Welding and a couple more from the Lincoln foundation, as well as the downloads from here to set me on my way.

    Weather came and is leaving, should be clear by the weekend, which would be great, TIGging in puddles sounds like less than a stellar idea. Neighborhood started to flood, a couple more hours and it would have been at my sills.

    Two storms so far this year, we usually only get run over by one a decade in the upper right corner of the state. Generator is coming out and getting a servicing this weekend for sure.
    Trip Bauer
    Former USN HT
    Everlast 200DX New Model
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    Van Norman #12
    Atlas 12" engine lathe
    '98 RoadKing - 84 Ironhead - 59 Ironhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trip59 View Post
    Bit on the small side for some things here, but it'll do for 90% and I'll pick up a nice big MIG in the fall for the bigger stuff (I'd rather MIG those, but mine is only a 125)

    The loose rattly bit was a blob of solder, just a loose blob, 3/16" diameter, has no indication it came off of anything, looks like a drop from a soldering iron that bounced in at some point, so all good there!

    The cord only has 3 wires, I'm assuming white to one side, black to the other, ground to ground? No red wire as was mentioned in wiring up other machines. I did look through the 'manual' but didn't see a diagram. I'll read it through more thoroughly when I'm done laughing... Section IV: Description of the Erection. Well, I'm excited it arrived, but I don't know if I'm quite that excited, LMFAO.

    Guys, the welder looks sharp, the innards look well organized and put together, all the connections look great and clean soldering (I've seen some nasty stuff out of that COO) but the manual really gives a bad impression.
    Congrats my friend ... I've been having a ball with mine. Haven't tried the pedal or pulse yet but everything else works awesome ... I was mistaken about the Tungsten holder sizes looks like .040, 1/16 and 3/32" I've been using 3/32" ... plug wiring ... just make sure green goes to ground ... I used a different plug ... the one I bought had instructions that showed blk left and wht right if I remember correctly. Remember when you set your AC balance it's backwards to Miller and Lincoln ... set it at 35% to start if you set at 65% like Jody says to do with a Miller you will fry your electrode, I learned the hard way LOL. I found out I need to get a bigger argon tank ... it sucks it up pretty fast ... Airgas says they will upgrade my 80 CF to 150CF for $65 so that's what I'll do. Have fun and let me know how you like you're new machine ... I'm finding it was worth the wait.
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    Talked to my LWS, small guy, not airbag, they pissed me off. He's wanting 175 for a full 80, 35 to exchange/fill. He also has a 336 for a $254 5 year rental, $90 to fill, but I'm not sure how to get it back and forth. Going to talk to my neighbor, see if he can stop by, I doubt they'd have issues loading it in a 53' trailer 4x the size for 150% the cost and half the cost of gas to fill? hell yeah!
    Trip Bauer
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    Everlast 200DX New Model
    Hobart Handler 125 MIG
    Van Norman #12
    Atlas 12" engine lathe
    '98 RoadKing - 84 Ironhead - 59 Ironhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trip59 View Post
    Talked to my LWS, small guy, not airbag, they pissed me off. He's wanting 175 for a full 80, 35 to exchange/fill. He also has a 336 for a $254 5 year rental, $90 to fill, but I'm not sure how to get it back and forth. Going to talk to my neighbor, see if he can stop by, I doubt they'd have issues loading it in a 53' trailer 4x the size for 150% the cost and half the cost of gas to fill? hell yeah!
    for those prices he should deliver it gift wrapped. look elsewhere even if it means going to someone you don't want to do business with. at least get some other numbers.

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    175 for a 80 is about our price were i live and about the same to fill
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    Quote Originally Posted by fdcmiami View Post
    for those prices he should deliver it gift wrapped. look elsewhere even if it means going to someone you don't want to do business with. at least get some other numbers.
    Beat Airgas in price by a mile... Airgas wanted $120 a year for a 220 or thereabouts, $250 or so IIRC for an 80, owner bottle. Plus, he was nice, courteous, listened to what I had to say and answered my questions. Tractor Supply wound up with me cussing out a manager as I stormed out the door and Airgas couldn't be bothered to help.
    Trip Bauer
    Former USN HT
    Everlast 200DX New Model
    Hobart Handler 125 MIG
    Van Norman #12
    Atlas 12" engine lathe
    '98 RoadKing - 84 Ironhead - 59 Ironhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trip59 View Post
    Talked to my LWS, small guy, not airbag, they pissed me off. He's wanting 175 for a full 80, 35 to exchange/fill. He also has a 336 for a $254 5 year rental, $90 to fill, but I'm not sure how to get it back and forth. Going to talk to my neighbor, see if he can stop by, I doubt they'd have issues loading it in a 53' trailer 4x the size for 150% the cost and half the cost of gas to fill? hell yeah!
    Airgas has been charging me $35 to refill plus $5 hasmat fee. I'm going to stay with my 80 for mig but the tig uses a lot more gas and I don't think a $65 one time charge to upgrade to a 150 is all that horrible almost twice the gas will save trips, trip ... but a 336??? wow! I can't even pick up a 250 ... you would almost need a fork lift ... remind me not to arm wrestle with you lol.
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