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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    near Rochester NY
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    Newbie introduction

    I have been a looking for a while, and I finally signed up.
    Location: near Rochester N.Y.
    For my day job I work as an HVAC tech, some brazing & soldering.

    welding history:
    I started with an Oxy-Acetylene torch set-up that I bought in the early 70’s.

    In the early 80’s I bought a Forney stick machine, it was old and “HUGE”, built sometime in the late fifties, with multiple taps for amp control.

    Then I took a couple of smaw welding classes at the local adult education / trade school.
    What a difference there was in starting your arc on their machines, compared to the Forney. (The forney was good once you got your arc going.)
    I started looking into getting new capacitors for the Forney ($$$), but instead I gave it away.

    In the late 90’s I bought a Thermal Arc TA-270 "T-Bird" engine drive.
    It has been a great welder and I also use it as my backup electrical generator.
    With it I can do stick, mig (“Portafeed 1000” suitcase wire-feeder) and tig (air-cooled, lift start).
    The last item I added a few years back was a spool gun set-up from Thermal Arc for aluminum work.

    Looking forward to adding my 2-cents when I can help.

    Last edited by JJW; 11-27-2006 at 07:44 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    In A Nice Comfy Chair
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    Re: Newbie introduction

    there are a couple of guys from near Rochester here..
    sit back.. and enjoy!


    I am not completely insane..
    Some parts are missing

    Professional Driver on a closed course....
    Do not attempt.

    Just because I'm a dumbass don't mean that you can be too.
    So DON'T try any of this **** l do at home.

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