Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Southeast Iowa
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Re: Is the millermatic challenger 172 a decent MIG welder?
[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Is that a 110V machine, Tim? Are you using gas or flux? 76 pounds isn't much. Ditto on the stick electrode. Right now I am without a stick machine, since everything I had at the shop was three-phase Motor-Generator DC stick or big portables....hardly Jeep project grade machines, and impossible to use without three-phase power. I have been thinking that what might make sense is to buy a real good welder-generator.....like a Miller Bluestar....and that way I'll have it for our future Iowa farm as a welder and as a standby generator. Run it on propane. Yeah, there are times that I worry about not having a stick around for that ONE weld that cannot be made by wire. Stick A/C I'm not too crazy about....A/C D/C would be the way to go. And I wouldn't be afraid to buy one used....just look inside and see how much dirt is in there, that'll tell ya.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]Speaking of cutting, Tim.....get this....we got a bunch of stuff from the gas company at auction,...lots of good welder lead and elecrode holders, connections, etc....and in the stuff we got was an AIR ARC setup. It was just like a giant electrode holder with an air supply too. You used a non-consumable(reltively) carbon rod, and what you did was dig the rod into the weld that you wanted to scarf out and turn on the air which blew the deposit right out. It is a HUGE shower of sparks, and we had to use a "WYE" and put both of our D.C. machines on it at once, but it would really get in there and remove material. We used it for reclaiming flanges. Anyone want a good used air arc[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]? You pay$50 and shipping and it's yours, including the wye and the twist-on connectors.DO NOT USE THIS AT HOME.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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