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Old 02-13-2017, 03:56 AM
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Matt, there are a wealth of folk that feel like you. I've never welded with a bad anything in a shop setting. Imports included.

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Old 02-15-2017, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Ironman View Post
That is well said. I can't ever recall a nice weld with fluxcore. I think over the years he added and added weight and never checked the frame also.
Have to agree with you, I don't like it, spatter and the slag are a pain. I prefer tig.
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Old 02-18-2017, 07:06 AM
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I have been running a AHP 200 for a couple of years now. Its a great little machine.
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Old 02-25-2017, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by terry lingle View Post
A competent weldor can make a strong weld with even the chitiest welder.
It may not be a pretty weld and the weldor will hate doing it but it is possible because the weldor knows the limits of the weld he is putting down.
OTOH a $8000 machine used by an untrained and inexperienced operator may produce a truly bad weld.
Even if you have a stick welder that is so chitty that the arc keeps going out every 2 seconds no matter what due to low-quality electronics inside the machine. There is always a limit. I suppose you mean a decent chitty welder(?)
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:18 PM
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Agreed there is a lower limit but for purposes of discussion I set the lower limit at machine capable of sustaining an arc under the conditions it is being used.
I have welded with 3/4 inch 11018 how many here have a machine that could even strike an arc on that rod? We used 4 big Hobart dc machines in parallel and they were barely enough to allow 70 % duty cycle.
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