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Old 02-02-2023, 01:07 PM
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I would not worry about deleting anything. As long as you continue to participate in our forums and maybe come around more often, and not just when you need help. Participation in helping other out when they need it counts for a lot.

Looking over your site a bit, it looks like you might be about to help others here with some of your experience.

As for me, I work in a hydraulic repair shop as a machinist making parts as needed to repair cylinders mostly. But in my home shop I do welding and fabrication for a few select customers. But I am starting to work with 3-d printers, so am learning CNC in that aspect. Someday I have it in my brain that I will build my own CNC plasma table, mainly just to say I did it.


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Building CNC contraptions is a lot of fun, to me anyway. I can design vector format files in my sign CAD program, export them to a CAM program, and machine the aluminum on my ShopBot router accurate to within a few thousandths of an inch. But after I get the plasma setup, I will be able to cut steel as well as aluminum, maybe not as accurately, but close enough for what I need.

As to 3D printers, you can purchase a very nice kit, on Ebay, for less than 200 bucks which prints by extruding plastic filament. I recommend getting an Ender 3 kit. This is a copy of a Glock 19 frame I was printing on mine. I don't have a photo of the completed print on this computer but it did very well. I would like to do a couple more in other colors when I get time.
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Old 02-02-2023, 01:23 PM
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Well, thank you sir. in that case, I'll just delete that last sentence. Times are tough and I could use all the business I can get. Signs, CNC work, attachments, first born child, I'll sell anything for a buck right now lol. I raise sheep too; want to buy some? The prices of feed and hay have skyrocketed along with everything else so, I'm about ready to sell the whole herd. https://www.facebook.com/millstonefarm85/
A lot of us already have children, the last thing we want to be doing is buying more of them
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Old 02-02-2023, 01:26 PM
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I'm always willing to help with whatever little I know. Unfortunately a great many forums have "trollish" individuals. I had just joined one site and experienced that so I didn't stick around and joined here. I even cringed just before clicking the "submit" button when posting about buying the "PrimeWeld" Chinese made machine. Some people are snobs about that sort of thing. I was very relieved to see that folks here don't seem to treat others that way. Thanks very much!

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Old 02-02-2023, 01:28 PM
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A lot of us already have children, the last thing we want to be doing is buying more of them
HAHA Mine are all grown anyway; all moved out and made me a grandpa. But I would NEVER have parted with any of them.
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Old 02-02-2023, 01:42 PM
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Well hotdiggity, My welder is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. I just called tech support about the size breaker it needs and got an answer about 30 seconds from the first ring. Impressed so far. 50 amps. I will pick one up tonight.
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Old 02-02-2023, 03:38 PM
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Yes sir, I bought the PrimeWeld MIG285 and some .045 flux core E71t-1. Bought 2-10# spools on Ebay for $68 shipped. At least it was way cheaper that those $20 2# spools of .035 I've been buying at Lowes, Tractor Supply, and Harbor Freight.
Wire is always less expensive per pound the bigger the spool. 10lbs is a good compromise between expense of 2lb-ers and having a 30lb spool that goes unused and gets rusty.

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As far as consumables go, I have sometimes found that at the big box stores, Amazon, etc, they are not always as cheap as you can find at your local welding supply store.
I don't have a "local" LWS. I have to travel to Airgas about 1/2 hour away. Especially since I use Miller consumables. I DO have a charge acct. with them and a tax ID. And they will deliver gas for a fee which saves me time and effort (I "own" all my cylinders but not any particular one as they get swapped out). I can always order online but they take care of me in the store.

With your machine, I would suspect you use Tweco consumables which are available at the stores mentioned by Brian. My local ACE Hardware also has them.

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As to 3D printers, you can purchase a very nice kit, on Ebay, for less than 200 bucks which prints by extruding plastic filament. I recommend getting an Ender 3 kit. This is a copy of a Glock 19 frame I was printing on mine. I don't have a photo of the completed print on this computer but it did very well. I would like to do a couple more in other colors when I get time.
Join the subReddit /fosscad. I have had a couple laser engravers but a 3D printer is probably the next device--maybe... There are a number of links to programs and whatnot there. I need to update about my experience with the engravers...

There is a "Firearms" category in the "Members" section here you can feel free to post in.

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I'm always willing to help with whatever little I know. Unfortunately a great many forums have "trollish" individuals.
I'd be lying if I said I will never "bust your balls" but most of us grew up with a mentor(s) who would "keep us on our toes" and therefore made us less apt to cry when someone hurt our feelz...

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Impressed so far. 50 amps. I will pick one up tonight.
Keep in mind it is not usually as simple as popping a breaker into the panel. You have to make sure your conductors are sized to the task. If you want to elaborate on your needs, distance, etc. I'm sure someone will be able to advise you. You don't want the conductors to be the "choke" point for current. That is the job of the breaker...

This is my weld chart. It is also in the lid of the welder but I printed this out from the manual. I use a spoolgun 90% of the time... The values they give you are just starting points--you may have to tailor your settings to get the best results. Nothing beats arc time for learning/getting better at welding.
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Old 02-02-2023, 04:58 PM
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Wire is always less expensive per pound the bigger the spool. 10lbs is a good compromise between expense of 2lb-ers and having a 30lb spool that goes unused and gets rusty.



I don't have a "local" LWS. I have to travel to Airgas about 1/2 hour away. Especially since I use Miller consumables. I DO have a charge acct. with them and a tax ID. And they will deliver gas for a fee which saves me time and effort (I "own" all my cylinders but not any particular one as they get swapped out). I can always order online but they take care of me in the store.

With your machine, I would suspect you use Tweco consumables which are available at the stores mentioned by Brian. My local ACE Hardware also has them.



Join the subReddit /fosscad. I have had a couple laser engravers but a 3D printer is probably the next device--maybe... There are a number of links to programs and whatnot there. I need to update about my experience with the engravers...

There is a "Firearms" category in the "Members" section here you can feel free to post in.



I'd be lying if I said I will never "bust your balls" but most of us grew up with a mentor(s) who would "keep us on our toes" and therefore made us less apt to cry when someone hurt our feelz...



Keep in mind it is not usually as simple as popping a breaker into the panel. You have to make sure your conductors are sized to the task. If you want to elaborate on your needs, distance, etc. I'm sure someone will be able to advise you. You don't want the conductors to be the "choke" point for current. That is the job of the breaker...

This is my weld chart. It is also in the lid of the welder but I printed this out from the manual. I use a spoolgun 90% of the time... The values they give you are just starting points--you may have to tailor your settings to get the best results. Nothing beats arc time for learning/getting better at welding.
Thanks for the weld chart!
Most of my 220v outlets are either 20 or 30 amp. I have a 220v planer, table saw, edge sander, two 220v 2hp exhaust fans (it gets hot and humid here)and a 220v outlet for regenerative blower on my CNC router table's vacuum hold-down, with an electronic phase convertor converting it to 3 phase. My 7.5hp single phase 29cfm air compressor runs on a 40amp on #8 stranded wire. Everything else is on #10. I will be making a dedicated circuit for this welder using a 50 amp breaker and #6 stranded CU conductor.

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Old 02-02-2023, 05:33 PM
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Oh yes, this is another one of my builds; a 6.5 Grendel, 24'' fluted barrel, 80% lower and all, (photo taken before I installed the 2 lb drop in trigger). I built the bench too. How does one become a "member"?
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I've never shot a 6.5, but it looks like it should work.....and the table look to be solidly built.

...a member of what?
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Old 02-03-2023, 05:35 AM
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I built the bench too. How does one become a "member"?
If you are posting with a handle, you are already a member as Dubby mentioned after he "approved" you. If you did not log in as a member, you would not be able to see the "Members" section below with a few other sub-forums. If you love guns and hate the current "president", you will probably get along fine here...
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