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Anyone who runs the core gas so if you have an NZ Safety Blackwoods nearby that would work too. 

I have the other outfit..  Ezi swap.  I just have to plan ahead to ensure I get in on a satdee morning.  Probably the only downside. Same with NZ Safety.  Your mileage may vary depending on hours open in your area. 

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22 hours ago, Shakotom said:

Anyone know where I can try to get owner Acetelyne/ oxygen bottles filled in Auckland?

 

or is that not really a thing anymore?

Tank test can do everything apart from acetylene, take the acetylene to a scrap yard and dump it, no one will fill it

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On 03/09/2019 at 07:12, Ghostchips said:

How is he using a laser capable of melting steel, on a reflective surface, and he's not even wearing glasses?

Looks more like a cross between a spot welder and a plasma cutter.

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What do you guys think an argoshield / argon mix bottle is worth?

I have one is around an E size I think, maybe a bit smaller, last fill by Supagas was 3.2m3.

It's out of test but no reason it shouldn't pass, unsure if its worth the effort to get it tested or just sell as is.

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I see a few people are rocking the Cigweld 135, are they still ticking along nicely? 

superderpauto has a sale on and I'm tempted to grab one and learn a bit of metal gluing (sill patch up and around the windscreen mainly)

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1 hour ago, Indiana_Jones said:

I see a few people are rocking the Cigweld 135, are they still ticking along nicely? 

superderpauto has a sale on and I'm tempted to grab one and learn a bit of metal gluing (sill patch up and around the windscreen mainly)

Yep my cigweld 135 is still going good but just upgraded to an inverter based mig and the difference is amazing so much more adjustment and control and having the euro torch fitting and smoother liners and easier replacement 

paid 299 for the cigweld 135 new weldsmart 200 was 500 $ on 1$ res auction from online tools trademe Nelson - also does arc and can do alloy spool gun 

cigweld is good for a starter but for a few dollars more ...

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+1 for the cigweld 135.

Have had mine a few years now and built a lot of things with it. Runs really smooth for a small single phase machine. I now run flux core wire with co2 shielding gas.

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Taken the dive and have got a Cigweld 135 on order (store had ran out, but have ordered one in at the sale price for me).

Next question, which may sound daft, where does one get sheet metal from? I see Mitre 10 and Bunnings have some, but seems very limited in gauge and material choice.

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8 minutes ago, Indiana_Jones said:

Taken the dive and have got a Cigweld 135 on order (store had ran out, but have ordered one in at the sale price for me).

Next question, which may sound daft, where does one get sheet metal from? I see Mitre 10 and Bunnings have some, but seems very limited in gauge and material choice.

Depends what you want. 

Bits of old cars and washing machines etc can be used for hacking around, but you have to clean of the paint etc first.

I've bought full sheets from Steel and Tube in the past, but you need something to cut them up. The zintec / electogalv coated steel stores better as it doesn't rust but again needs to be cleaned off before welding.

https://steelandtube.co.nz/catalogues/steel-product-guide

Last time I needed some I went to a sheet metal fabrication place and bought some smaller pieces (e.g. under 1m2) in different gauges. They were happy to help.

You probably want 18g ~ 1.2mm for car panel work. 

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I have a Cigweld 135 also. Had been using sodastream co2 bottles as shielding gas, worked reasonably well.
 

But this week I just picked up one of the Bunnings/Coregas ‘Mig gas’ bottles. Looking forward to not running out of gas so quickly! Seems to weld a little nicer too. Although I’ve only used it to make a mount for a motorcycle exhaust so far. 

Next step is to borrow some of the washing machine and teach myself to do panel rust repairs on the Austin. 

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On 15/10/2019 at 09:42, Indiana_Jones said:

I see Mitre 10 and Bunnings have some, but seems very limited in gauge and material choice.

The stuff they sell is likely galvanised stuff? Don't bother with that. You want proper stuff they use for panels, can weld it without messing around and you won't die from the galv fumes. As for thickness, depends what you are patching, most of mine is sub 1mm, but some is slightly thicker. 

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Cold rolled sheets from Steel south Auckland in wiri and all the section stuff I get cheap China stuff from Magellan imports

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