There are some topics in this world and a few topics in the 4x4 world that I know a bit about. When asked I give my thoughts and experiences.
When there are things I do not know about, I ask, admit my lack of knowledge and ask for help. I did that with this when considering a welder. Closest thing I have ever done to welding is mixing water and flour to make wall paper paste.
You guys came through again. In addition to the responses on this site I have gotten personal e-mails and have talked on the phone with interested parties. Thanks to all.
It's a done deal. I bought a Hobart 175 Handler. For $587.90 I have the following being delivered to my door.
1) Hobart Handler 175
2) Jackson Shadow 4.5"x5.25" helmet with at least one filter plate and maybe two.
3) 10 lb roll of wire without flux
4) pair of genuine leather welder gloves
5) the stuff that comes with the HH175 - another roll of wire etc.
They had a genuine welder extension cord - 25 feet - for a bit over $90. I respectively declined. Went to Home Depot and now have 30 feet of 10/3 extension (had to put it together myself) for a bit less than $50.
Oddly enough the welder itself is coming out of a Houston depot where it would have cost me a bit over $700 plus tax had I gone there to buy it.
Thanks to your help when I talked to the "knowledgeable" sales person where I got the welder for $529, and he explained to me that the welder gun would handle all wire, all sizes and all conditions, I was able to say, "Hummmm, what about running too small a wire in the gun and having it kink up and not feed????" "Wait a minute. Let me check on that." Me, "Hang on just a second. Find out too about running aluminum wire in a liner formerly used for steel." Him, "Well, uh, uh, ok, hang on just a second." .....second...... "Yes, sir, we do offer a Teflon liner for that gun. It is designed specifically for aluminum. Oh, those welder's gloves you wanted?? How 'bout if I throw those in for free??? and we can get that welder to you day after tomorrow too, if you like."
Thanks guys, it's been fun. In the next few days start looking for "how do I weld" questions on this BBS. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
Doug '97 TJ
Creator of the CBrack