Re: ATTN RRich- Regulating a Ready Welder
Not sure how thin, but like floor or fender material, maybe even a little thinner.
The RW running on 24 volts with .030 wire I think is about 240 amps or so. HOT! Thinner wire cuts that down a little, but it's still HOT!
1/4" work is OK if you are careful - but even then it's HOT! Tried it with 36 volts - Wow! But it's easy to start.
Since the HF load tester is supposed to handle 500 amps it should do the trick. But remember, testing a battery is only for 15 seconds. So continous would be less.
I've only used it for short welds on the trail, at home I have better welders. Don't know how it'll be on a long weld. Keep an eye on the Carbon pile - watch for overrheating.
Mine was taken out of an old Allen scope I had - think it's probaby about 500 Amps too. I mounted it in a separate small box - space in a Jeep is at a premium.
Tried something - worked great - before I had the carbon pile. I hooked the Ready Welder to a Premier welder (on the trail to fix a thin stock tie rod) - The Premier is a high frequency welder. Normally the Premier is a stick welder, we wanted to use the Ready welder's spool gun. The Premier is controllable, so we cut the current down. The combination of the two did a great job. It took a little getting used to the high frequency pulsating DC instead of pure DC, but it did great.
One thing that I don't like on the RW - the feed knob - it keeps getting bumped! I think a big O ring under the knob would help. It should be in a different place.