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    What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    I found this on a local craigslist site. I'm not sure just what one would use it for. It seems the $400 price tag is awful high for 5 welded pieces and a copy of the test.

    When I first saw it, my thought was that one could substitute these when applying for a cert. That would not work, right?

    AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET - $400



    The five-piece set is designed for training structural welding inspectors and welders. The samples include: 2 fillet-welded lap joints; 4-piece bend sample set; groove-welded butt joint. The variety of discontinuities exhibited includes: undercut, overlap and porosity. In addition, measurements of reinforcement and fillet weld size can be readily made.

    It is recommended for those preparing for the Practical (Hands-on) portion of the AWS Certified Welding Inspector examination. It is also excellent for other weld examination training programs requiring hands-one experience.
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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    Includes a copy of the test?

    Not entirely ethical, but the test samples are interesting. If the samples help pass the test, and ROI is relatively quick, it would be worth it I guess.
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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    They are for measuring discontinuities and determining if they are allowable by code. It's part of the CWI test. The ones they give you on the CWI test are plastic. It would let you get familiar with measuring undercut and pinholes and such.

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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    I have seen this ad before and my own "personal" take on the offer is that it is an over-priced scam. I believe that the un-informed individual will bite and waste a lot of hard-earned $$$$. But that's just my personal opinion however. Best regards, Allan
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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    Well, I wouldn't spend my money on it, but there is a market for it. I knew a welder once that had worked at a company where all he did was weld up coupons with flaws in them for trainee inspectors to practice on.

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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    Hello TimmyTig, I am not saying that I don't see the need for this sort of thing. I am saying that $400 buckaroos for those samples is certainly over-priced, as you essentially stated. If you want to see "discontinuities" just take a trip over to your local high school or college welding/vocational/skills center etc. and you'll find any number of specimens that you can judge and critique and for a whole lot less money. Not disagreeing with you but definitely not buying into this particular offer. Best regards, Allan
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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyTIG View Post
    I knew a welder once that had worked at a company where all he did was weld up coupons with flaws in them for trainee inspectors to practice on.
    I know a few that could apply for this job.

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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    I would and have just made my own samples for training
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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    sell 'em for $400 ?

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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    Those are from AWS, and can be bought new from AWS. They cost about $430 new, so there you go.

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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Supe View Post
    Those are from AWS, and can be bought new from AWS. They cost about $430 new, so there you go.
    Does it come with a copy of the test?
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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    It most certainly does not.

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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    When I did my level II UT we used some welded specimens with specific defects, these were bought from a company that specialized in them and cost a fortune.
    Some guys offered to try and produce some specimens with intentional defects.
    None of them managed to do it. I mean it is easy to produce a defective weld but if someone asks you to make a weld with sidewall lack of fusion 10mm long at a depth of 3mm from the back of the plate this is when it starts getting tricky.

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    Re: What is a "AWS CWI SWRI-1 5 PIECE SET REPLICA WELDING SET" used for?

    Quote Originally Posted by aevald View Post
    I have seen this ad before and my own "personal" take on the offer is that it is an over-priced scam. I believe that the un-informed individual will bite and waste a lot of hard-earned $$$$. But that's just my personal opinion however. Best regards, Allan
    that's my take on it as well.
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