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Thread: Hi everyone, looking for ideas how to retrofit a spool gun

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    Hi everyone, looking for ideas how to retrofit a spool gun

    From what I have learned from the internet I understand
    that one of the difficulties with welding aluminum is that
    pushing AL wire through the conduit is rather tricky.
    So, to me it seems like better choice would be a spool
    gun for this job. However my MIG welder does not have
    a spool gun connector.

    Is it difficult to add spool gun connector ?
    Is it feasable at all ?

    I am quite experienced with electronics, but welding
    is totally new to me.

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    Re: Hi everyone, looking for ideas how to retrofit a spool gun

    what kind of machine do you own?
    Miller 211
    Hypertherm PM 45
    1961 Lincoln Idealarc 250
    HTP 221


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    Re: Hi everyone, looking for ideas how to retrofit a spool gun

    As mentioned, what machine, amps, 220 volt ?? You might not have enough machine to do aluminium.


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    Re: Hi everyone, looking for ideas how to retrofit a spool gun

    There some brands of spool guns that are simple to install.

    My self I would use a short MIG gun and a nylon liner.
    I like Tweco fast changing guns.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy.i.m View Post
    From what I have learned from the internet I understand
    that one of the difficulties with welding aluminum is that
    pushing AL wire through the conduit is rather tricky.
    So, to me it seems like better choice would be a spool
    gun for this job. However my MIG welder does not have
    a spool gun connector.

    Is it difficult to add spool gun connector ?
    Is it feasable at all ?

    I am quite experienced with electronics, but welding
    is totally new to me.

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