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goin to the welding shop tomorrow

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    I have a small welder, 110 volt. I want to get a tank for it and some gas. Could someone tell me what to ask for at the shop so I dont sound too much like the idiot I am.
    Also is there a referance chart to tell me what settings I should have it on for different thicknesses of metal?
    Thanks
    Branndon
     
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    are you talking about gas mixture? I think mine is 75% argon, and 25% oxy. Works fine for me...even though I got it more than a year ago, and its still almost full:grin:
    you will have to play with the settings to get it right, every machine is different. On the inside of my welder, there is a chart. I can take picture tomorrow if you want.
     
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    hey branndon, what welding shop are you going to?
     
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    dont know yet which shop, was going to search digital city in the morning
     
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    a pic would be great, thanks, or just type it out, which ever is easier for you
     
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    It's usually 75%argon 25%CO2

    Does your welder already have the hookups for gas?
     
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    yes it does, i've used it a few times gasless, but suck
     
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    Then all you need is the bottle. Just ask for the mxture above and you'll be fine. They rent them if you don't want to buy it. Call around for the best price. You see that there is a differnce in price from shop to shop.


    You'll also need to get some new wire. it's not the same as the gas-less flux core wire.
     
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    there is a great shop right on the corner by my yard. i believe its called california tool&welding supply.there on the corner of 1st St. and Standard in santa ana.
    i'd tell them what machine you have and what they reccomend.they know there stuff. i think some machines can use only Co2 .
     
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    opps...sorry. Thats what I meant: CO2.
    Thanks.

    I will take a picture if it works, there is too much to write:grin:
     
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    straight CO2 is cheap compared to the mixed stuff.
     
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    You get a smoother cleaner arc with the mixture as apposed to straight CO2. For a biginner I would recommend the 75/25 mixture and then experiment with a different % as you get better.
     
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    Yes, having oxygen in your mix would defeat the purpose of the "shielding" gas that shields it from oxygen! :grin:
     
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    thanks guys, i got a 55 cubic foot tank and some wire
     
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    what gas mix did you get?:cool1:
     

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