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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-23-2005, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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ATTN RRich- Regulating a Ready Welder

RRich, I saw your post in the plasma cutter thread, but didn't want to hijack it. I'm thinking about buying a load tester just for this. Have you had any problems with it burning out? How long have you used it? How thin of sheet metal have you welded using it? I love my ready welder, but boy does that thing weld HOT. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

I'm still using flux core right now, but I'd like to get a gas regulator and tank, for cleaner welding as well as thin sheet. I have some panels to weld on the jeep, and would like to make it come out as sheet instead of warped panels and globs of molten metal. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

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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.
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Re: ATTN RRich- Regulating a Ready Welder

I agree with you on the knob being too easy to turn. I don't notice much difference in it until it gets cranked up all the way. I have welded 1" to 3/8" with 24 V and it penetrated very well. I want to get a MM 251- we might be able to get away with a 210 but I'm sure my dad will have some heavy things he'll want me to weld- and this machine will live in his shop for at least the next several years. I'd like to have a MM 135 for thin stuff, but I'll probably just get the tester for now. We don't have power in the shop and won't for some time. We do have a 110/220 generator... hehe.. thinking out loud here [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

I think I'll order the 500A tester, get a gas regulator, bottle, and some .023 and .030 wire and see how that works. This will be sheet metal on the jeep- and some 16 or 18 ga that I'll be using for splicing in new panels and floorboards. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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