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    Stinger-V

    I do like high quality tools and had a look at the Stinger-V before. Searched internet if they were available in Europe. No luck.
    So I gave myself a present and ordered one in the USA. Maybe a bit over the top for a 140 amp Kemppi inverter, but what the h*ll.

    It arrived yesterday, and I must say. I like it. It looks well made, but very crude and basic, but welding with it feels very natural.
    I don't know if it's the size of that thing, but manipulating the rod feels much easier than with the small original Kemppi stinger. Maybe size does matter. I've welded with other stingers, but after only two days welding with the Stinger-V I can say that this is my favorite now.

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    Re: Stinger-V

    I have been eyeballing and coveting those as well.

    Plan to get one myself.

    How well does is grip the smaller (3/32") electrodes?
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    Re: Stinger-V

    Quote Originally Posted by SaskWelder View Post
    I have been eyeballing and coveting those as well.

    Plan to get one myself.

    How well does is grip the smaller (3/32") electrodes?
    Solid. Just because you asked about the smaller sizes i put a 1/16 6013 in it and there is no way i can pull it out by hand.
    Did the same with the Kemppi stinger and pulled it out with no effort at all.

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    Re: Stinger-V

    That stinger is made for pipeline welding......Invented by a welder out of Wyoming and His wife and him handmake them..... By the way ,they're made for using with 5's & 3's.....running on DC welders like SA's....... Don't even know what a Kempe/Ronald/McDonald welder is skippy??????

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    Pricey little bugger.
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    Re: Stinger-V

    looks like a nice bit of kit, but overkill...!

    I bought an ESAB screw-type electrode holder to replace my rubbish tongs type on my inverter. It's now my favourite. Screw out half a turn, drop electrode end in, screw half a turn tight, weld away, screw out half a turn to drop stub and repeat. the main upside of this type is that its fully insulated. you drop the electrode out and then no worries about dropping it on earthed steel. Our vessel repairers use similar holders and it makes sense for them inside a steel tank, since everything they touch is earthed!

    Last edited by Munkul; 08-02-2018 at 04:23 AM.

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    Re: Stinger-V

    I like the looks of that ESAB screw-type electrode holder, is there a dealer in the US they can be ordered?

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    Re: Stinger-V

    Quote Originally Posted by mojave_ron View Post
    I like the looks of that ESAB screw-type electrode holder, is there a dealer in the US they can be ordered?
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=esab+handy+200+electrode+holder

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    Re: Stinger-V

    Quote Originally Posted by Munkul View Post
    looks like a nice bit of kit, but overkill...!
    I know it is overkill. Said so myself in my first post. But I like the industrial look of the thing. It looks so good you can even hang it on the wall as industrial art.
    And after welding with it I certainly don't regret buying it dispite the steep prize.

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    Re: Stinger-V

    Quote Originally Posted by SmoothOperator View Post
    ....... Don't even know what a Kempe/Ronald/McDonald welder is skippy??????

    Kemppi is a good quality brand from Finland. Much used here in Europe.

    https://www.kemppi.com/en-US/
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    Re: Stinger-V

    Kemppi and ESAB are to us in europe, as Lincoln and Miller are to the US.

    Fair play, good quality gear is good quality gear, regardless of design The original kemppi stinger is the only letdown of the minarc 140. We've used our minarc for all sorts of coded repair jobs, and it's ran for days at a time inside tanks etc. Brilliant bit of kit.
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    Re: Stinger-V

    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    N2, I think you missed the "in the US" part of Mojave_Ron's question.

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    Re: Stinger-V

    Quote Originally Posted by rexcormack View Post
    N2, I think you missed the "in the US" part of Mojave_Ron's question.
    Well the first link to ebay ships to US so close enough
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    Re: Stinger-V

    Quote Originally Posted by E T View Post
    Kemppi is a good quality brand from Finland. Much used here in Europe.

    https://www.kemppi.com/en-US/
    Thanks for the link, I didn't realize that Kemppi invented the inverter welder
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    Re: Stinger-V

    I don't know anything about them but I found this one and a 400 amp version on arc-zone.

    https://www.arc-zone.com/stick-elect...o2qco3lt76olr6

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    Re: Stinger-V

    I don't like the Stinger V.... but I just bookmarked the ESAB HANDY 200!! I have one screw type holder that I like a lot, but it is pretty much falling appart. And the narrow head of the ESAB is a big plus!

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    Re: Stinger-V

    I love my stinger v. ive tried every thing tweco tong and the benard short stub. Once you get a stinger v and cut the handle down and the tong down it weighs nothing

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