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5 minutes ago, kws said:

Right, so time has come to get ready to chop the Marina up. Looking to convert my Weldtech WT160 to gas, am I on the right track with the below items?

Gas - https://www.bunnings.co.nz/coregas-trade-n-go-gas-size-d-mig-shielding-gas_p5910386

Regulator - https://www.bunnings.co.nz/bossweld-argon-dual-stage-regulator-with-flowmeter_p0035679

Wire - https://www.bunnings.co.nz/bossweld-0-6mm-5-0kg-mild-steel-s6-mig-wire_p6330058

Im hoping Bunnings will do Lvl3 contactless pickup on the gas, but we will see I guess.

Also, where do I buy sheets of metal for bodywork repair? I believe i want about 0.8mm for panel repair, maybe 1.2mm  for the inner sill?

I've bought part-sheets of steel from these guys when they were in Newtown.

https://www.kiaorametalindustriesltd.com/

I'd go with 1mm for panel repairs, and the inner sill is probably the same - check the what's left of the original.

You can get full sheets from steel and tube etc, it's not terribly expensive. This was my last order early last year.

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15 hours ago, Nominal said:

I've bought part-sheets of steel from these guys when they were in Newtown.

https://www.kiaorametalindustriesltd.com/

I'd go with 1mm for panel repairs, and the inner sill is probably the same - check the what's left of the original.

You can get full sheets from steel and tube etc, it's not terribly expensive. This was my last order early last year.

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Perfect, thats what I needed to know thanks. Looks like a couple of places in Wellington that can do cold rolled sheet, but probably cant get any until level 2, which is fine.

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17 minutes ago, Goat said:

Has anyone had experience with the BOC Raptor Tigs?

https://www.boc.co.nz/shop/en/nz/boc-raptor-180-acdc-tig-welder-raptortig180acdc-p

Can anyone see any red flags? I'm pretty keen on one of these.

No experience on those/TIG in general really, but one thing I will definitely be looking for on my next machine when I buy an AC/DC TIG is pre/post flow control for the argon and foot pedal control. It does have up/down slope control which is neat and somewhat compensates for the lack of foot control. 
This may adjust the pre/post flow based on the material thickness/type if I am reading the manual right, which would be good. Mine seems to just send it especially for post flow, which is a pain if you are tacking things as it uses way more argon than necessary.  

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On 16/09/2021 at 11:37, Goat said:

Has anyone had experience with the BOC Raptor Tigs?

https://www.boc.co.nz/shop/en/nz/boc-raptor-180-acdc-tig-welder-raptortig180acdc-p

Can anyone see any red flags? I'm pretty keen on one of these.

Wish I had seen this a week ago. Locked it in yet?

EDIT: https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/marketplace/business-farming-industry/industrial/manufacturing-metalwork/welders/listing/3266379839?bof=QecdUlNO

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I was going to buy the one on trademe cos its 200 bux cheaper. Hah.

Havent bought it yet. Trying to find more info about them. Can't seem to find any reviews etc. 

But $800 with a 2 year warranty, cant be that bad?

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9 hours ago, Goat said:

I was going to buy the one on trademe cos its 200 bux cheaper. Hah.

Havent bought it yet. Trying to find more info about them. Can't seem to find any reviews etc. 

But $800 with a 2 year warranty, cant be that bad?

UI looks shit but has all the features you'd want for casual use, sounds like a good deal at $800, i'm tempted!

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9 hours ago, Goat said:

I was going to buy the one on trademe cos its 200 bux cheaper. Hah.

Havent bought it yet. Trying to find more info about them. Can't seem to find any reviews etc. 

But $800 with a 2 year warranty, cant be that bad?

There's a cheaper one only says dc, the others say ac/dc

It also doesn't have aluminium in the description and the others do

Don't get that one lol it's about 500

 

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On 20/09/2021 at 17:43, Goat said:

Doesnt seem to support foot pedal. How often do you tig welders use a pedal. 
I've only ever welded with a pedal, but i can imagine that it would be a right PITA for 90% of welding jobs.

I can see why you would want one for more specialist jobs but have lived without it for the last 6 years. I think if you get to the point where you are wanting a pedal you would upgrade to a grunter machine as well.

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59 minutes ago, kws said:

Im going to try pick up a bottle of gas from bunnings this weekend, are there any special requirements for transporting it? I figure it probably shouldnt be rolling about in the boot?

Only had one store insist on taking it to the Ute and checking

different cabin and tied down iirk 

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9 hours ago, kws said:

Im going to try pick up a bottle of gas from bunnings this weekend, are there any special requirements for transporting it? I figure it probably shouldnt be rolling about in the boot?

Bunnings porirua wouldn't let me take a bottle in a hatchback. That was a few years ago though.

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I use a pedal only because the torch seems to have been designed for midget hands putting the button in an awkward position.

I have also used a welder where the pedal gave proportional control and it was the tits just not at a price I can afford at home.

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11 hours ago, kws said:

Im going to try pick up a bottle of gas from bunnings this weekend, are there any special requirements for transporting it? I figure it probably shouldnt be rolling about in the boot?

they have a pamphlet on the trade desk, if they give you any issues point to where it says passenger vehicle and not rolling around. IRL you will walk to the bottle cage, you will take it and theres no further interaction

 

 

as long as you dont smash the valve off/have it fly around in a crash

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22 hours ago, kws said:

Im going to try pick up a bottle of gas from bunnings this weekend, are there any special requirements for transporting it? I figure it probably shouldnt be rolling about in the boot?

Threw one in the back seat today. He had to leave it outside for me to pick up cause he couldn’t bring it inside for some reason. 

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