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I have one of those. I haven’t done a huge amount of work with it yet, but is going well with 1.1mm panel steel. I did have to fix a gas leak where it goes into the machine though.

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I also have one of those, I'm happy with it. Works well for both MIG and arc welding.

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3 hours ago, Sunbeam said:

Still happy with your purchase?

I used it exactly once, for the job I needed it for (which was a panel repair on my Mini) and then it went into the basement. It did the job no fuss, even with flux core wire. I would need to get a regulator and use gas if I were to actually use it, or just keep plugging away with the roll of flux core I have.

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Anyone had anything to do with Weldpro? Been eyeing up a Weldtech as some of you are running, then I stumbled on this one from an outfit in Nelson. Seems good value https://www.onlinetools.co.nz/products/weldpro-digital-mig-205-migarctig-gasgasless-spool-gun-ready

or a combo deal mig and plasma cutter for under $1k  https://www.onlinetools.co.nz/collections/welders-1/products/weldsmart-combo-mig-200-inverterplasma-40-two-machines-freight-free

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Just now, Sunbeam said:

Anyone had anything to do with Weldpro? Been eyeing up a Weldtech as some of you are running, then I stumbled on this one from an outfit in Nelson. Seems good value https://www.onlinetools.co.nz/products/weldpro-digital-mig-205-migarctig-gasgasless-spool-gun-ready

Yep they are good to deal with - keep an eye out for their regular $1 reserve auctions 

I have a weldsmart from them looks like they ran them out and are now branding weld pro - happy with my purchase at 300 less than listed price on 1$ reserve so I added the spool gun and got both for the price of the welder 

Functions well smooth and very adjustable - the weldpro seems same features but digital adjustment 

 fast shipping have bought helmet wire and tips from them 

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They still do weldsmart. Seems like a sort of 2 tier thing. The weldsmart has 12 month warranty, the weldpro 24 months. Good to hear of your experience.

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I have never understood how to keep track of duty cycle,  what would 50% work out at?

on my big ARC I burn 3 rods then go off and talk to people for 5 mins 

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5mins on 5mins off.

Its pretty much the percentage of time it can opertate in a 10min period.

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26 minutes ago, Nominal said:

Any thoughts on Plasma Cutters?

 

This is on sale for $600 right now

https://www.thetoolshed.co.nz/product/3139-toolshed-plasma-cutter-40-amp

i just brought that same one haven't used it yet but it looks like junk straight out of the box, may return it for the boc one for similar price, the hand piece on the tool shed one looks really chinise and the consumables look rubbish. but the tool shed one does come with a 3? year warranty 

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I reckon it wouldn't be hard to make to make a HF plasma cutter from an old shitty mig welder, 

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I kept waiting for the tool shed branded cut 40 to go on special and it never really did so I bought a “hero cut 50” from AliExpress for $235 nzd delivered on sale ...smaller box  more steel than plastic 

 goes very hard for what it is std pt31 torch with cheap consumables from anywhere - cuts 6mm steel clean as and 10-12mm gets a bit more rugged but does the job 

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Just now, Transom said:

I kept waiting for the tool shed branded cut 40 to go on special and it never really did so I bought a “hero cut 50” from AliExpress for $235 nzd delivered on sale ...smaller box  more steel than plastic 

 goes very hard for what it is std pt31 torch with cheap consumables from anywhere - cuts 6mm steel clean as and 10-12mm gets a bit more rugged but does the job 

This type?

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32849248540.html

I don't need one desperately, just lockdown window shopping.

 

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Yup that one - will try to find seller - it was dhl delivery for free too 

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Actually that is same seller - does not ship to nz - maybe he lost money on mine ... 

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There are other sellers with herocut 50 s on there for 359 + gst with  free shipping still 

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To add my spam...

I run one of these TiGs (bought from local welding shop), owner there said they've always been popular and ended up reviving the model (was planed to stop) due to demand

https://www.machineryhouse.co.nz/W1103

Also, does anyone use glass TIG cup?  Seeing as a run a glass company I'm thinking of starting to manufacture them.... $30 from the shop for a few cents of glass and an oring seems just silly to me....

9PCS For WP-17/18/26 TIG Welding Torch Stubby Gas Lens #12 Pyrex ...

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