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    Default Project 2 from ShaneJackson. Category: General Welding repair

    I am almost ashamed to post this but oh well..... everyone has to start somewhere. This is a wheel of a wagon from lowes. My father gave me the wheel to find a replacement for him (no one sells one like it locally) or "fix" it for him. I have been meaning to take it to my father in laws shop and MIG it, I just keep forgetting to. So this was a great opportunity to give my new welder a go...

    This is my first welds with my PA140ST and first TIG weld. I was using a 3/32 2% thoriated with a #6 cap. Amperage was around 60... sometimes up to 75. Filler rod was a 1/16 ER70S2.

    The first thing I did was tried to clean the rim with my sand blaster..... FAILED. Damn that power coat!!! Of course I dont have the kind of tools here I needed so I ended up "Grinding" the power coat off with a drill press and a hole saw bit. After that I washed the parts and lined everything up. I fired up the 140, set it to 80 amps, set the argon to 15cfh, grounded the part and started to go. I was worried that starting the arc would be tricky... it was actually very easy. But I did have one problem..... I forgot to cut the argon back on!!! Yep started out right.... LOL. After saying a few words to myself I cut the gas on and tried again. Once again it was easy to start the arc but the problem this time was I started burning holes in the metal... Yea I knew this wasn't going to be as easy as everyone makes it look! After turning the amperage down to 40 I quickly realized I needed to go back up some on the amperage. 60 amps seemed to be a good setting to start with. Things got a little better until the metal heated up enough to start burning the powder coat. Then I got to enjoy the smoke coming right in my face.... I was not having fun at all..... After tacking a few spots and burning holes in other spots, I added a big washer to the mix to strengthen the wheel, in reality it was probably the only thing that saved me from totally destroying the wheel. It was a lot easier welding the thick washer to the thick metal of the wheel (center). Once I had that fairly well... "attached".... I proceeded to the back to work on the thin metal.... It was a little easier since the washer helped from cutting holes.... After a while I said... good enough.... I should have said BAD enough.....

    If anything this should give everyone a good laugh.

    Next time I think I am going to practice on some scrap metal first.

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    Everlast PowerTig 200DX
    Everlast Supercut 50P
    I need a MIG.... which one to buy:
    I-Mig 160, I-Mig 200, or a MTS 160

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    try this place they have a huge selection https://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.a...EN=20&PageNo=1
    EVERLAST 250 EX , EVERLAST I-MIG 205 , EVERLAST spool gun NOW have 2 EVERLAST POWER PLASMA 50 plasma cutter's , LINCOLN 175HD MIG WELDER , VICTOR TORCH SET and many more tools to many to list

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    Shane, back the argon down. If nothing else will save you some cash (or delay parting with it)
    Mike R.
    Email: admineverlast@everlastwelders.com
    www.everlastgenerators.com
    www.everlastwelders.com
    877-755-9353 x203
    M-F 12 - 7PM PST
    FYI: PP50, PP80, IMIG-200, IMIG-250P, 210EXT and 255EXT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodsmachineshop View Post
    try this place they have a huge selection https://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.a...EN=20&PageNo=1
    Thanks for the link... should I translate that into... "man just buy another wheel and throw that thing away"
    Everlast PowerTig 200DX
    Everlast Supercut 50P
    I need a MIG.... which one to buy:
    I-Mig 160, I-Mig 200, or a MTS 160

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    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    Shane, back the argon down. If nothing else will save you some cash (or delay parting with it)
    I was wondering if I was too low or too high. What are the signs to look for to know if you are too low? I actually took the tank in after welding this and exchanged it. I borrowed the tank from my father in law and it had a little less than 400lbs when I hooked everything up. After playing around I was down to 100 or so and I knew I would run it out rather fast at this rate and wanted to have enough gas for labor day.... It was $80 to exchange a 125cf tank..... I was quoted $61 last week..... I will probably check and see how much it is to lease a 330 (probably from a different company as well.....)
    Everlast PowerTig 200DX
    Everlast Supercut 50P
    I need a MIG.... which one to buy:
    I-Mig 160, I-Mig 200, or a MTS 160

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaneJackson View Post
    I was wondering if I was too low or too high. What are the signs to look for to know if you are too low? I actually took the tank in after welding this and exchanged it. I borrowed the tank from my father in law and it had a little less than 400lbs when I hooked everything up. After playing around I was down to 100 or so and I knew I would run it out rather fast at this rate and wanted to have enough gas for labor day.... It was $80 to exchange a 125cf tank..... I was quoted $61 last week..... I will probably check and see how much it is to lease a 330 (probably from a different company as well.....)
    I pay in the $60-$70 range for 250+ I you get to load you will see a soot or something extra on the metal and weld.

    I run 8-10 lpm normally, if thicker metals I go up.12. Real think you can run up to 20. But normally 8-10.

    http://www.everlastgenerators.com/fo...on-and-Mix-gas
    Mike R.
    Email: admineverlast@everlastwelders.com
    www.everlastgenerators.com
    www.everlastwelders.com
    877-755-9353 x203
    M-F 12 - 7PM PST
    FYI: PP50, PP80, IMIG-200, IMIG-250P, 210EXT and 255EXT.

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