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12 volt Mig welder!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dontoe, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I have a great stick welder, but want to get a Mig welder soon. A small one, as it will be for sheet-metal and other small stuff.

    Could take this one on the trail too!

    What do y'all think of this one?

    Link to the specs.


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    Features + Specifications
    • Weld steel, stainless steel and aluminum; welds 22–gauge to 3/4 in.
    • Connects to batteries: 12 V for thin metal, 24V for single–pass 1/2 in. @ 275 Amp, 36V for up to 3/4 in. @ 350 to 400 Amp
    • AC to DC power converter to supply 24V DC to the welder circuitry when connected to constant stick welding machines
    • Output range of 30–250 Amps @ 24 to 36V DC
    • Rated output is 200 Amps @ 24V DC with 100% duty cycle
    • 275 Amps @ 24V with 70% duty cycle on DC power
    • Accepts wire .023 to 3/64 in. without changing rollers
    • Five port switch with five separate range selections
    • Includes: MIG gun, 10 ft. welding cable, 1 ground clamp, 1 spool of steel flux core wire, 2 battery clamps, and extra tips and gas hose fitting
    • U.S.A.
     
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  2. 4wheelin4Jesus

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    pretty cool little welder. i do have a hard time with the claims that it welds 3/4" steel. I dont see where it can generate enough heat to give the penetration that a really thick metal needs. As for welding gauged metal, an argon co2 gas mix is the best. But, it depends how clean you want the weld to be. A bit pricy, but as a utility welder with flexibility, looks like a good choice.
     
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    Appears to me that it is nothing more than a spool gun that you hook to batteries. Notice the voltage ratings jump in 12V increments. Or in other words hook up another battery and weld thicker material.

    5 port switch with range selections.

    Is that referring to wire speed??
     
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    Yea it would make a great trail welder but for home use I would just get a 110v mig.

    That is a nice trail welder though. I see it has the quick connects for the cables and all.
     
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    That little rig kicks a$$. Someone had one at Blazer Bash in Moab a few years ago and broke it out at camp one night to do some repairs. It laid down some really nice beads. I think it would be a hassle to use at home though. Getting the batteries setup every time you wanted to weld would get old.
     
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    How long do you reckon the charge on the batteries would last, assuming you had a couple good batteries?
     
  7. Geargrinder

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    Just got one,($390 w/free shiping @ vulcan performance) and YES! It WILL do 3/4" in a SINGLE PASS :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: U need 3 batt. do do it, but it penitrates like U would not beleve :eek1: :eek1: This is a KICK @$$ little welder. I set up the dual batt. in the truck with 2 switches so I just flip 1 cable, turn the 2 switches and blamo! I have 24V @ the welder plug :D
    This thing welds rings around the little 110V Miller I have in the shop.
     
  8. steve_kibbe

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    I remember seeing that in a magizine once, can't remem ber which one though. Looks pretty good to me. Will depend on how much welding you plan on doing.

    oh, you better look into a masive alternator aswell
     
  9. dontoe

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    I've got a 140 amp alternator that puts out 70 amps at idle, and a dual battery set-up with warn quick disconnects on each end of the truck.

    Found a better one, with video instruction.

    http://store.weldingdepot.com/cgi/weldingdepot/RW10000ADP.html?id=6IPpQ8Rw
     
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