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    Getting a 325ext off my mind. something like meeting a Girl you keep thinking about. Got to have it . LOL

    I am working on getting one.

    Anyways, I see some . but not a lot on the 325,

    For the people that has had them for a while, What do you think of them.

    Thanks for any input.

    Kent H.

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    Not sure what your top end needs are but I got the 255ext, has more power than ill ever need but also goes lower than 325. Again don't know your power needs but you'll see a need to go thin more often than need to go super thick so its something to consider. As efficient and powerful as these new machines are even at 255, Ive gone from coke cans to razor blades' on up to 1" aluminum and have not wanted for power.

    Barry

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    Well, maybe I can get this off my mind and move on, I have one coming.
    It will be here next week, Can't wait.

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    cool! you have gobs of fun ahead of you then!


    Barry

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    Thanks, How do you like that 255ext, I seriously considered the 255, but felt I would need more top end. do not want to be near the max all the time. I will be doing bigger material most of the time more then likely.
    I don't see me welding aluminum foil that much.

    How smooth is you starts with it.

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    starts are great, dial in lets you make it perfect, combined with spot timer you can do some neat stitching. Heck i use spot timer and cranked voltage to do my tacks. Set amp to225 then .5 second spot and bam all tacked up. And yeah on top end, any thick ill see is aluminum, and I have helium for that, so theoretically I have what? 344 amps for aluminum if needed.


    Barry

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    Hey,

    Tell me, please, about "spot timer". I mean, what it is actually intended for. I've got the 210EXT, which doesn't have it, and that doesn't bother me. But I'm still curoius about its intended function as a feature.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmoset View Post
    starts are great, dial in lets you make it perfect, combined with spot timer you can do some neat stitching. Heck i use spot timer and cranked voltage to do my tacks. Set amp to225 then .5 second spot and bam all tacked up. And yeah on top end, any thick ill see is aluminum, and I have helium for that, so theoretically I have what? 344 amps for aluminum if needed.


    Barry
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    Spot timers are great for tacking as well as spot welds. I am curious if the latest version of the 325EXT includes the spot timer.
    Long arc, short arc, heliarc and in-the-dark!

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    A spot timer gives you consistent spot welds and tacks so they all look identical.
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    OK, thanks gang,

    That's what I suspected, that it was a spot weld function, but without the pincering.

    So, there still has to be tight lapping of two pieces, and if the timer is set well, then the torch, from one side, will give a precise amount of burn through to the second piece, without gouging a hole, to create uniform spot welds, especially in sheet metal, if I'm following well?

    Yeah, that would be tricky getting uniform spot or tack welds without a timer feature.
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    It all depends on how consistent you are with the torch switch or pedal, then setting the machine to match that cadence. But having the onboard timer is nice, especially when you get down to below 1/2 second. There are TIG torch heads and guns made special to do sheetmetal spot welds, too.

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    Long arc, short arc, heliarc and in-the-dark!

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    Sorry to say, no spot timer or purge on this new 325ext.

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    Got it!

    Thanks, Rambozo.

    The images were helpful, as I'd never seen those kind of alumina cups before, but can tell how they'd help with precision.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    It all depends on how consistent you are with the torch switch or pedal, then setting the machine to match that cadence. But having the onboard timer is nice, especially when you get down to below 1/2 second. There are TIG torch heads and guns made special to do sheetmetal spot welds, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runon View Post
    Sorry to say, no spot timer or purge on this new 325ext.
    Boo. Makes the choice between the 325 and the 255 a bit harder. Be sure to give your take on the machine once you have some time on it.
    Long arc, short arc, heliarc and in-the-dark!

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    Omg! My love for the spot timer cannot be described! Lol I thought eh cool bonus at first but now it feel essential. Here's how it's invaluable. You only need 9 torch cause your only wrapping it 1 second at most at any amps, and you only need the thumb switch. Other day I was cobbling up square 1/8 tube, I set amp to 200 and timer .7 seconds, and one handed run around tack it all up and done. What I do is set tungsten to 1/8 with cup resting in side of tube facing corner to be tacked, cause you won't want to reposition in .7 seconds, but you don't have to! Just rest cup for perfect distance and what! Tacked and on to next corner. Everlast needs to tout this feature more cause honestly it's a huge benefit. Even if your mugging something a spot welder that fits in your hand, ya can't beat it.


    Barry

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