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14 hours ago, Guypie said:

Oh, follow up on this. Got the BOC smootharc 180 multiprocess. I really like it, welds very nicely and the cooling fan only comes on when it needs to so its silent most of the time. 

My Unimig 185 the fan goes on as soon as I turn it on lol, otherwise really impressed with my unit

How does the none adjustable voltage work?

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It selects the voltage and amperage to suit the wire feed speed you have chosen and you have +/-20% for the voltage and inductance. For general fabrication I have set it to +10% on both and that works mint, the weld beads were a bit nuggety on the default setting. for panel/rust repairs I set it to the lowest feed speed and -10% voltage and that worked mint too.

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You probably already know of this setup, but mine is incorporated into the regulator. No gas adjustment on my welder either, I imagine it's usually done at reg but you obviously got supplied a reg without one which seems a bit shit. 

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So i got given a mig welder yesterday 

Migstar 155 turbi combo

When you plug it in the fan goes

But when u pull the trigger the relay for wire feed clicks but no wire feeds.

When you take the cover off. The feeder isnt turning.

I pulled some wire thru and pulled the trigger, no arc either 

 

 

Any tips??

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1 hour ago, felixx said:

But when u pull the trigger the relay for wire feed clicks but no wire feeds.

Pull the relay out and see if you can pop the cover off and inspect the contacts. Maybe use a multi meter to check that the relay is doing its relay-ing. Also, inspect any electtrical boards in the machine for obvious faults. Capacitor popped open, or burnt component, that kinda thing

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On 03/01/2021 at 09:02, Benno said:

Where in NZ sells butt welding panel clamps? I ordered some of these a couple of months back, still haven't shown. Ideally would prefer to pay less than $50 for four from machinery house or restospares.

https://a.aliexpress.com/_mt49Yeh

 

Probably too late to the party, but they are pretty easy to make yourself from scraps and some wingnuts from mitre10. I used 5mm rod instead of square stock though as too lazy to make square holes.

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On 03/01/2021 at 09:02, Benno said:

Where in NZ sells butt welding panel clamps? I ordered some of these a couple of months back, still haven't shown. Ideally would prefer to pay less than $50 for four from machinery house or restospares.

https://a.aliexpress.com/_mt49Yeh

 

Hobeca in Auckland do them just got a few sets from them. You'll have to open an account though.

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On 19/02/2021 at 17:27, bryck said:

Waitemata hydraulics has the Weldtech 160A MIG/ARC/Lift TIG welder on sale until the end of the month for $349+GST

https://www.waihyd.co.nz/weldtech-160a-mig-inverter-welder-10-amp-plug-mig-tig-mma-1433314

That is a fucking good price.

I've a weldtech mig- not quite so flash as that (not blingy lcd screen- just two knobs) Same as what @ThePog has (the welder that is - not the fact Dylan only has two knobs...in fact I believe he only has one and its not that impressive - or at least that's what @sidewaysickness mum said)

Its been great and has done a huge amount of work for our business. Fantastic on car panels- very smooth (even with poverty spec co2)

Greg at proline welding in Nelson is the owner/importer of weldtech.  Good dude has great back up service.

 

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6 minutes ago, yoeddynz said:

That is a fucking good price.

I've a weldtech mig- not quite so flash as that (not blingy lcd screen- just two knobs) Same as what @ThePog has (the welder that is - not the fact Dylan only has two knobs...in fact I believe he only has one and its not that impressive - or at least that's what @sidewaysickness mum said)

Its been great and has done a huge amount of work for our business. Fantastic on car panels- very smooth (even with poverty spec co2)

Greg at proline welding in Nelson is the owner/importer of weldtech.  Good dude has great back up service.

 

 

Its not the size, its how frantically you masturbate with it.

+1 for Weldtec, I cannot fault mine and it has had some proper usage.

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Anyone got any recommendations for a good DC TIG machine? Have been wanting to learn for a while, I assume lift arc at least.
Already got a Lincoln MIG so no need for a combo setup and probably not much use for AC at the moment either, basically just something I can have a play with doing small jobs.

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6 minutes ago, kicker said:

Anyone got any recommendations for a good DC TIG machine? Have been wanting to learn for a while, I assume lift arc at least.
Already got a Lincoln MIG so no need for a combo setup and probably not much use for AC at the moment either, basically just something I can have a play with doing small jobs.

https://www.strata.co.nz/shop/TIG+WELDERS/EZITIG205DC.html

I have a slightly earlier version of this, again i cannot fault it.

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I too need to get another tig. My ac/dc machine is fantastic for most welding but not very smooth on really light settings to weld thin steel/stainless - its just not designed for that.  I fancy a small dc tig with a nice lightweight compact torch and shall invest soon.

Those strata welders are also specced and imported by Proline I think.

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12 minutes ago, yoeddynz said:

I too need to get another tig. My ac/dc machine is fantastic for most welding but not very smooth on really light settings to weld thin steel/stainless - its just not designed for that.  I fancy a small dc tig with a nice lightweight compact torch and shall invest soon.

Those strata welders are also specced and imported by Proline I think.

Have you tried doing down to a smaller diameter tungsten? And grinding to a very sharp point. 

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Yeah I've done all of the various tricks etc and it still struggles at really low settings. Plus its hard to get it to stay at the chosen low amps. After speaking to the importer plus a few other owners of the same machine it is a problem. I very rarely use the full grunt of the machine either but it's handy when I need it and it works great for alloy tig.  

 

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