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Old Yesterday, 08:14 PM   #611
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MIG? Looks cold but likely to hold... still, try grinding a shallow bevel, and turning your volts up and wire speed down.

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Thats my 115V flux core welder (refurb mega cheap model). Somethings wrong with the power path, as it won't keep a steady arc. Usually it welds 10 gauge just fine, but about half way through it crapped out on me. I need to buy a decent MIG unit for the subframe anyways.
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Old Yesterday, 08:23 PM   #613
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My Everlast PowerTIG 200DV unit has been really solid. Their lower tier 200 amp dual voltage tig/stick unit, but still has ac/dc/pulse/arc force, with a reasonable low end.
It won’t go low enough for razor blades, or burn a 6010 cellulose rod, but for $1200 I’d buy it again. I bought it for aluminum and stainless steel projects around my sailing club.

Their multi-process machines continue to get good reviews, though it’s been six years since I’ve shopped welding machines.

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Yeah, the build is pretty high, mostly cause I slowed down to get more heat. I will grind them down before painting, and do another pass if needed. The other issue is that somewhere during the first weld, I popped the breaker. Apparently the cheap-ass electrician who wired the garage decided to use a single 15A breaker for all the outlets... I need to hack a 220x20A circuit pair into the panel, so I can connect the yet-to-be-bought welder. Just need to make sure I don't turn the dryer on at the same time I am welding and then turn the oven on... Pretty sure my line breaker might go...
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Sorry if i missed but, what transmission cooler will be used?
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Same in my garage - the whole thing got shared with my daughter’s bedroom.
Table saw + hair dryer = tripped breaker.
I had room to come off the main panel at 50 amps, but too many conflicts to bury anything so just left an outlet on the wall of the house for the welder, and use a 75 foot extension cable. I also made adapters for 30 amp dryer and 50 amp stove plugs for use at the sailing club. I like to avoid pulling the stove out but the clothes dryer is easy to reach.

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Some have said that these rectifiers will help out a cheap harbor freight type AC machine.

They aren't terribly expensive.

https://www.amazon.com/Baomain-Bridg...gateway&sr=8-1
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Sorry if i missed but, what transmission cooler will be used?
I am using the sprinters factory transmission cooler. It is integrated with the radiator.

User Calbiker did some extensive temperature logging, and determined that the cooler built into the radiator was very effective.
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A bit off topic - but since you are working with square tube - I thought this was an interesting technique for making "bends" without the conventional miter box methods.

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I am using the sprinters factory transmission cooler. It is integrated with the radiator.

User Calbiker did some extensive temperature logging, and determined that the cooler built into the radiator was very effective.
I have the WK Grand Cherokee one , integrated also in the AC condenser, is pretty big and probablly will do the work, but i was curious if you guys found better sollutions

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