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    Default Everlast Argon regulator mod

    Hi all. Not sure if this belongs is this forum or not, but I will start here. I bought a 250EX at the end of last year, what a great machine. So much better than my old 225LX.

    Anyway, one thing that I have never liked was the water hose that comes with the welders for gas line. Using a standard hose is not really possible with the regulators that come with these machines. After looking for an adapter and not finding one, I made an adapter.

    Here is what I did:

    I started by removing the soft Everlast hose off the regulator fitting.
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    The second needed part is a standard CGA fitting, I forget what is was called but it is the standard gas hose to 1/4" pipe.
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    I started by removing the pipe thread off the CGA fitting. Then I just enlarged the hole with a drill bit, I can't remember what size, but I opened it by about 0.04". It is important to leave as much wall thickness as possible on both the barb (see below) and the CGA fitting. I drilled the hole about 1/2" deep. If you drill the hole all the way through you will mess up the CGA sealing surface.
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    This next shot should be of turning the barb down so it is nice and smooth, but I forgot to take a pic of that step. I turned it down to about .003" smaller than the bore in the CGA fitting so it was a nice slip fit. This left about 1/16" wall IIRC.

    The shot below is after machining both parts.
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    This shot is after cutting the barb side down to about 5/8" to insert into the 1/2" deep hole.
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    Here it is all soldered up.
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    And the money shot, an adapter from the metric regulator to CGA!
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    I love the mod. What I probably love the most is that the huge gush of shielding gas when you first step on the pedal is almost gone. I am using a really nice Radnor hose now (Goodyear).
    Last edited by mcleod; 06-14-2015 at 06:04 AM.

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    Nice job on the fitting, and welcome to the forum.
    Lincoln A/C 225
    Everlast P/A 200

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    My new reg. from buying my MTS250S is sitting in a box on a shelf for this very reason. I have no clue why the industry standard fitting is not used but it is not worth my time to mess with it. So on the shelf it will stay. Fotunatly I had several extra regulators, most of which are 30 years old and still working perfectly. I am glad you were able to fix it up to be usable. Nice job.
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    Thanks guys!

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    The regulator fitting is most likely an oxygen B Size fitting, at least my Chinese princess auto one is, It took me for ever to figure out what it was.

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