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    Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    For those that may want to make a magnetic work lead attacher here is one a guy made DIY type
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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    I picked up a larger magnet at Princess Auto for $5 Cdn. .... pretty sure you guys south of the 49th could do better at Harbor Freight. I drilled a hole in the back of the welding clamp for it so I can use either side. Have to admit it's picked up it's share of the grinding chips though... Good idea for DIY, I'm just not sure the work is worth the effort of saving $5.
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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    I’m all for DIY but aren’t similar ones available for “like not much at all??”

    I like switchable ones as I don’t want to have a magnet drag my “masterpieces” out of position during setup for tacking.

    Plus the swarf it attracts like whtbaron mentioned.

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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post

    I like switchable ones as I don’t want to have a magnet drag my “masterpieces” out of position during setup for tacking.
    Also the switchable ones make brushing off the steel shavings and any boogers very easy.

    but they suck for aluminum....
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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    Also remember to let them cool and wear gloves when you remove them. Burnt the He!! out of my hand ones, never used it again after that.
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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    [QUOTE=Lis2323;8738264]I’m all for DIY but aren’t similar ones available for “like not much at all??”

    I like switchable ones as I don’t want to have a magnet drag my “masterpieces” out of position during setup for tacking.

    Plus the swarf it attracts like whtbaron mentioned. ] "

    Cool... never seen the switched version before... I know there's been times when I have removed mine from the back of the welding clamp because it was being a pain and attaching to things I didn't want it to. The switch would be very handy.
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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    Also the dust impact surface contact. Causing arc and poor grounding. In the field, I used to use one like lis2323 posted. It got hot and weaker. The aluminum base got a lot of Arc marks on it. Never could keep it clean, even switched off the stayed in the recesses.

    A swipe with a wire brush helps clean weld magnets it much work for the non switching grounds??

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    Also the dust impact surface contact. Causing arc and poor grounding. In the field, I used to use one like lis2323 posted. It got hot and weaker. The aluminum base got a lot of Arc marks on it. Never could keep it clean, even switched off the stayed in the recesses.

    A swipe with a wire brush helps clean weld magnets it much work for the non switching grounds??
    I agree. I’m sure I don’t do anywhere near the amount of welding you do and mine is showing the same symptoms. Not certain if the higher amp rating unit would have a longer user life or not.
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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    I found that using a stainless wire brush works great on the basic welding magnets.
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    My favorite ground clamp is a small one like on a 12 volt car battery charger. I use this exclusively for my artwork. You can use the clamp to hold the piece you are tacking . It makes a difference having a positive ground connection.
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    I recall you got a few really good deals Bob.

    Nothing I want from Magtools ever comes on sale. Plus their free shipping in continental US doesn’t do me any good either. It ends up cheaper buying from Amazon
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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    I recall you got a few really good deals Bob.

    Nothing I want from Magtools ever comes on sale.
    Yes sir, myself and many here bought the Magswitch RIDGID boomer angles. They were crazy cheap on sale and had free shipping. I'm set on Magswitch goodies but wouldn't mind getting their pivot angle.


    https://magswitch.com/product/pivot-angle-200/


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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Yes sir, myself and many here bought the Magswitch RIDGID boomer angles. They were crazy cheap on sale and had free shipping. I'm set on Magswitch goodies but wouldn't mind getting their pivot angle.


    https://magswitch.com/product/pivot-angle-200/


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    I love magswitch products, but I think This may do the same job and for much more less

    https://fireballtool.com/magic-square/




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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by precivilization View Post
    I love magswitch products, but I think This may do the same job and for much more less

    https://fireballtool.com/magic-square/




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    Thanks ,I have seen that before.
    I might just may fab my own. I have four of those boomer angles so I could remove two magnets from one of them.


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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    hmmm... I just bought a harbor freight magnet, plopped it onto the work piece/table and put my work lead clamp on the bolt it came with. It is a bugger to remove from the table though, have to slide it over to the edge.
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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by precivilization View Post
    I love magswitch products, but I think This may do the same job and for much more less

    https://fireballtool.com/magic-square/




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    I have one of those Magic Squares. I was using it today to hold a piece of aluminum at an odd angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psacustomcreations View Post
    I have one of those Magic Squares. I was using it today to hold a piece of aluminum at an odd angle.

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    Is it as good as it seemed on the video?


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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by precivilization View Post
    Is it as good as it seemed on the video?


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    Yes. Being able to set any angle, take them apart for two squares, using them standing up on end as a tall support, etc. I have used them for all that.

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    Re: Magnetic work lead attacher DIY

    I bought a set of the 8 inch cast iron mega square and 8 inch monster squares last year at fabtech. I also bought one of the magic squares at that time. These are for personal use.
    Later I had my work buy the same items plus the shim kit.
    This year at Fabtech I bought a set of the minion squares for personal use.
    I like that the mjnion squares are nitride coated. I wish the other items I bought were coated to help prevent rust.

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