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Old 09-05-2017, 08:12 PM
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What would a steel plate be ?
Starts at an inch and goes up...
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:42 PM
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I have an older handler 210 (before they were multi-voltage). It has had a lot of wire run through it and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It's your 187 with a bit more juice. I've welded everything from 18 gauge to 3/4" (multiple pass) without issue and have never missed the infinitely variable voltage. That said, if I were n your spot, inverter versus transformer would make me ponder which one to buy.

Any differences in spoil gun support?

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Old 09-05-2017, 10:01 PM
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Any differences in spoil gun support?

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Both take a spool gun, I've read that the Miller spool gun is better quality. Although if I had any real amount of aluminum to do, I couldn't see myself doing it with a spool gun. I'd then step up to something bigger with a push pull gun, or just TIG it with the syncrowave.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:03 PM
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$5000 and it is yours, I will toss in a bunch of extras, including a 90/10 330 cubic foot cylinder, wire, consumables. You are on your own for a spoolgun.
Holy shit! I'm moving my shit down to your place if it GAINS value as it ages! Lol

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I used to say, "I weld to earn money, not practice."
I like that - I really like that.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:14 PM
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I've welded a few broken pieces for 2 friends who live next door to each other two blocks south of me. Next thing I knew, some of their friends were dropping by to ask me to weld things for them. One guy wanted a 3 piece flagpole for his yard. I explained to him that, a. I had no way to lay it out in a way to keep it straight and, b. I had no liability insurance & don't intend to buy any.
He was nice about it but tried to argue. I declined to argue.
So I decided to squelch the rumor that there was a cheap weldor in the neighborhood.
Since "NO, I don't want to." wasn't good enough I set a $200 minimum.
That seems to have stopped the arguing.

Then one of the 2 friends wanted to make a "Texas Wok" llike Photomask got started a few years ago. I gave him a plow disk & loaned him a grinder with a wire wheel. About a month later he brought it back after knocking off the worst of the rust & said he'd find something to make the handles & get back to me.
A year later he was still talking about finding the time to finish it. I finally gave him one that I made in 2008 or 2009. When he offered to pay me for it I told him no but if anyone asks, tell them I charge $200 for them too.
He flinched but grinned & said "Okay."

Truthfully, that one was fully blasted and flapdisked, all mill scale and rust removed & finished with twisted half inch bar handles.
I wouldn't make another one like it for $200 but I won't need to worry about it.
As always, your insight and experience is appreciated. I have a very small, close circle of friends that I will do things for. It's almost a competition to make sure one does more for the other.

I would be happy to do work for small contractors, but I know what market price is, and I have no intention of being undervalued.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:46 PM
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With my hearing impaired to the point that any background noise is significant, I'd pay the $300 just for Fan-On-Demand.

My HH210, the first generation, is still going strong though. There are no issues with having 7 taps.
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I like that - I really like that.
Also I had a sign up for awhile...

You can have it done...
- Right
- Fast, or
- Cheap
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...I have a very small, close circle of friends that I will do things for. It's
almost a competition to make sure one does more for the other.
I have a few friends like that too. Mike left today with about 16 new taps M6
and M8 Walter form taps. I kept 2 of each. I rarely use metric when building
things. He has a production job he needs them for. Ira borrowed a tool from
me a few weeks ago working on his trucks. He damaged it and replaced with
a new tool of equal quality. They both have keys to my shop, as I do for
theirs. Chad bend some tubes for me the other weekend. I am sure I will be
repaying him down the road. Ira helped Mike get his CNC lathe up and
running over the weekend. The list is long.

A small group of like minded friends are always good to have.
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:03 AM
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Holy shit! I'm moving my shit down to your place if it GAINS value as it ages! Lol.
Think of it like a Babe Ruth homerun baseball.
Because I owned it and used it, it is worth more money...
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:52 AM
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My vote is for the Miller. That 40lbs difference will come in "handy" as in easier to handle. I think the lighter weight will make it more portable should the need arise. And even if you just put it on a cart, it will roll easier...

The Lincoln 180 I just picked up is 70lbs (I weighed it) with a spool of wire in it! This would be called portly-able...

Did you try a new liner in your old Hobie?
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:54 AM
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Think of it like a Babe Ruth homerun baseball.
Because I owned it and used it, it is worth more money...
ahem! (cough cough)


I did finally use up both rolls of wire. I think. hmmm, there may still be some .045 left, I'd have to check.
I don't usually need it 'cause I don't weld on many ships, you know?
I have had to buy a few more rolls of .035.
But I've never needed to buy any more tips or nozzles. Or welders, for that matter. lol
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