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I got myself one of these Weldsmart 200A on one them $1 res listings on  trademe for $525 and $14 shipping on the face of it it looks to be very good welder.Cant wait to try it out (no god dam 15a socket in the garage) 

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7 minutes ago, Raizer said:

Is 180amp too low for you?

https://www.boc.co.nz/shop/en/nz/boc-smootharc-multiprocess-180-welder-boc180multi-p

 

I'm going to be grabbing myself one next time they have a promo on it (last time they came with a free auto helmet, trolley, wire and other parts.)

 

180 will probably be fine. 

Just trying to get biggest/best speck for my budget.

The BOC stuff does look like a good option, as far as being a known brand?

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22 minutes ago, niswhale said:

Been looking at one of these, https://www.arcweld.co.nz/itemdetails/Hugong-Carimig-200Wd-Welder---Euro-Connect/3419.aspx  

Duty cycle looks good, also 3 year warranty. 

Anyone had any experience with this brand?

One of our guys in the heavy fab shop has a hugong something like that ad. He uses it for tig and stick. Usually wound right up. For hours at a time.

Has had a few minor issues. He purchased through duroweld in new plymouth.

The 3 years commercial warranty was the main selling point. Any issues he just takes it back and they have sorted it. 

 

 

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Toolshed own brand welders look like rebadged Hugong welders and also have a 3 year warranty.

I'm about to buy the 180 amp arc/tig. It's on special until Sunday ($329 normally $399).

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Lots of Chinese welders look similar, I get the feeling price is the only real indicator of quality or lack there of  

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Supplementary question - how much MIGing do you get out of a D size argoshield bottle? I see Bunnings are advertising $99 swap with $200 deposit. Picking up my new (to me) MIG in the weekend! 

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A lot more than you do running a tig!

If you were building a trailer from scratch get a bigger bottle,  if doing occasional odds and sods it'll last a decent length of time.

Remember to check for leaks and turn gas off at the bottle when not in use.

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3 hours ago, mjrstar said:

 

Remember to check for leaks and turn gas off at the bottle when not in use.

This is key. 

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4 hours ago, mjrstar said:

Remember to check for leaks and turn gas off at the bottle when not in use.

funny you should mention my common mistake !! went to weld up the crate on the scrub truck, and realised i done it again.

just as well the bottle was only 1/4 full, and the refill is free on the BOC Home D plan

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1 hour ago, smokin'joe said:

funny you should mention my common mistake !! went to weld up the crate on the scrub truck, and realised i done it again.

just as well the bottle was only 1/4 full, and the refill is free on the BOC Home D plan

They're dishing out home d to their customers now? 

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On 01/11/2018 at 08:47, oldrx said:

Supplementary question - how much MIGing do you get out of a D size argoshield bottle? I see Bunnings are advertising $99 swap with $200 deposit. Picking up my new (to me) MIG in the weekend! 

From memory,

D size bottle is 2m3 so 2000L, if you're running say 10 liters per minute that'll give you 200 minutes welding time. = a good length of mig weld, not so much tig.

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Yeah I have one of those. 

I’m not very good at welding but I’ve birdpoo’d a few things together with it. Seems to go fine. I’m using sodastream co2 bottles with it at the moment. 

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27 minutes ago, GuyWithAviators said:

Gross. Those are well overpriced. 

$499 gets you a 150a gas/gasless Bossweld. They’re an inverter machine and come with a gas regulator. Good welder for the money: 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/bossweld-150-amp-m150-gas-gasless-mig-inverter-welder_p08911795

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11 minutes ago, oldrx said:

Any recommendations on a auto helmet under $250?

Weldsafe Titanium. 4 sensors, tig capable, 98x87 viewing area, replaceable batteries, all the adjustments, good headgear, cheap replacement lens covers. 

Moortool have them on special for $139. Most others will be $200 or so. 

https://www.trademe.co.nz/business-farming-industry/industrial/manufacturing-metalwork/helmets-safety-gear/auction-1870266604.htm

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