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    Left the job welding the dump truck boxes up today which I loved. tested at 2 places today. Structural steel building welding at the first place running 1/16 730 core wire and did a 3/8 might have been 1/2” horizontal weld and ran about 5 passes on it. At first I was thinking 3 passes but undercut the top edge some and the weld sagged a bit so did 2-3 more passes and it came out good and it passed visual and bending but hours didn’t work for me staring at 4 am so looked on the net again and found a tig-mig job doing cab guards and tool boxes, not pro tech but even more fancy. Ran some tig on 1/8 on a dynasty 200 which didn’t have any balls like a transformer. He had it at 180 and I turned it up. Ran everything good on tig and the lead guy was happy with it and the spool gun was setup insanely fast. Ran 2’ in about 10-12 seconds about out of control but came out ok. Haven’t tigged since December welding the air tank for my chainsaw. Close to the house too. No pics since my phone is full.

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    I got a new (to me) welder. And a nice little platform job to pay most of it off.

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    Water cooled, tiptronic memories, digital control from the gun, hot start/crater fill, and advanced pulse programs that make the Miller Optima look really old fashioned. Love it!
    I'm looking forward to trying it on steel, too, once this job's out of the way.
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    Hay rake hitch, try not to laugh too hard.Second pic was the beginning, had to straighten, and decide on a course of action. Originally was goilng to box it with the tubing for support, decided not to 6010 with 7018 at about 130ish, had to move pretty fast with the 6010 . Anyway, a good laugh for all the pros, and a good experienc for me.Name:  IMG_20210511_191605577.jpg
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    Well, your screen name is accurate - nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munkul View Post
    I got a new (to me) welder. And a nice little platform job to pay most of it off.

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    Water cooled, tiptronic memories, digital control from the gun, hot start/crater fill, and advanced pulse programs that make the Miller Optima look really old fashioned. Love it!
    I'm looking forward to trying it on steel, too, once this job's out of the way.
    Nice! I like the platform too

    Perfect first job to take the bite out of the welder purchase.


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    Nice looking platform. I am not an aluminum guy. So, on your treads are they clipped in? Is there any concern about welds cracking due to flex?

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    Well done! I’d pay to take a class from you in order to learn how to lay beads like that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    What's the folded transport width?


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    Sh*t. I look at Silky’s work and I think welding is just like golf and the more I watch the Masters the more I want to quit! Anyone want to buy a welder and an empty argon tank?
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    Might need an extra.... just kidding I had the opportunity to practice on aluminum at work for months, then I had some steel. Wow what a change. I still don't feel confident with aluminum, but my steel looks much better. Aluminum is the devil, but I have heard titanium is almost worse.

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    Aluminum is awesome! Copper is very difficult to weld and brass. Copper is about twice the conductor of aluminum, that’s what makes it so difficult and it gets welded on dc and struggles to puddle. Brass can be ran on ac or dc. Copper is that way too I think but probably have a difficult time puddling

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    Nice looking platform. I am not an aluminum guy. So, on your treads are they clipped in? Is there any concern about welds cracking due to flex?
    Nah, it's all overkill, 1/4" everything and full seam welded. It's an old American design and I'm not used to working in imperial units though..
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    Quote Originally Posted by motolife313 View Post
    Aluminum is awesome! Copper is very difficult to weld and brass. Copper is about twice the conductor of aluminum, that’s what makes it so difficult and it gets welded on dc and struggles to puddle. Brass can be ran on ac or dc. Copper is that way too I think but probably have a difficult time puddling
    Copper runs easily on DC. It just takes a LOT of amps for the heat soak.
    Brass doesn't TIG weld... It has zinc in it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munkul View Post
    Copper runs easily on DC. It just takes a LOT of amps for the heat soak.
    Brass doesn't TIG weld... It has zinc in it
    I've never tried it, but apparently magnesium is the worst. There was a show on TV a while back where they were trying to reconstruct a car that was built from it, and the difference between welding and burning was negligible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I've never tried it, but apparently magnesium is the worst. There was a show on TV a while back where they were trying to reconstruct a car that was built from it, and the difference between welding and burning was negligible.
    While I haven't welded magnesium, I heard the tales of an observer in the GE factory. He talked of weld cabinets where magnesium was welded with helium as shielding gas effectively.

    In air mag burns like gun powder. It can't burn in inert gas. Edgar told of lathe fires when machinists worked magnesium, some were catastrophic.
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    There was some used at the recycling place, but they wanted just under full price for it, and the place that makes it (just down the street) wanted $10/swivel lock. So I've spent just under $100, for something I'll use often, need to finish the cement work, and I get to practice my welding skills in the process.
    I made this today, to be able to drill a centered hole in the round rod for the locks:
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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Quote Originally Posted by motolife313 View Post
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    Yes you can get away with brazing brass, TIG is too hot really for it but you can get away with it some times as you've found out. O/A brazing would be the normal choice for brass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I've never tried it, but apparently magnesium is the worst. There was a show on TV a while back where they were trying to reconstruct a car that was built from it, and the difference between welding and burning was negligible.
    I've never tried magnesium alloys... I don't want to either!
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    I made a couple of “stop pins” for my forks today.

    Didn’t have any heavy washers so I had to cut my own out of 3/16” plate. Under one minute arc time. Now we know why a bottle of gas lasts me a couple of years. LOL.





    I’ve been doing without (forever) but this will be a little safety measure when using lifting straps or the slip on boom...



    7/8” bolts btw.


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    I have wrapped chains to get the same effect

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    Howard is another of my extra sons (no DNA in common) He is 25 years younger than me, but astounds me with his skills & his ability to anticipate. Here, common belief is that OSHA will condemn forks drilled for stops. He carries short chains to limit travel of anything hung from forks. Truth is, I like yours better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    I made a couple of “stop pins” for my forks today.

    Didn’t have any heavy washers so I had to cut my own out of 3/16” plate. Under one minute arc time. Now we know why a bottle of gas lasts me a couple of years. LOL.





    I’ve been doing without (forever) but this will be a little safety measure when using lifting straps or the slip on boom...



    7/8” bolts btw.


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    I purchased a forklift a few years ago, prior to a set of four mono stringer stairs. Had some slings. Put my sling on the fork. Lifted a set of stairs. Went to set them down. From the cab i watched the step contact the ground, but the sling stayed erect the flopped off the fork. Then the step crashed to the floor. Nightmare. ... I must have been in disbelief because a few moments later, I dropped a second set, though I had wrapped sling around the fork a few times.

    That job had touched 3 calendars years and was nearing completion.

    I finally made a lifting loop. Next 2 were lifted successfully.

    Mono stringer treads dont.stay straight when dropped them from 4 feet.

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