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Old 03-10-2020, 09:42 PM
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I went to town to do battle with United Parcel Smashers and finally said fuck it, I'll get my money back and you can have the package you won't deliver.
So I was on a black mood and went to pick up a fresh Oxygen cylinder from Praxair.

I have a Miller Wire feeder with a Miller Roughneck gun. Now Miller quit making the Roughneck about 2012 if I am correct, but swore up and down they would continue to service their products.
Last time I bought wire, I asked for a 40lb roll of .035 and when I finally used up the .040 wire I had and switched to.....0.30. I had bought 035 tips for this changeover and was forced to use that, but whenever the wire stuck in the tip, it birdnested in the feeder. Somebody screwed up and sold the wrong wire and billed for .035.

So I'm trying to do the right thing and tell my guy the sad tale and he says, "There is a reason they are called contact tips. Lets see what is in my tickle trunk"

So we go into the office and he pulls up his briefcase and opens it up and it is full of Bernard shit. He explained that now that Miller owns Bernard, I can convert my gun. The last guy told me that to convert I had to replace everything from the wire rolls forward.

Mr Praxair said, here take this, unscrew your Miller gas diffuser and screw this Bernard converter in, install the tip and gas shield and you're good to go.
Here's all the parts you need, 0.30 tips, no charge for any of it.

I thanked him and I said, Too bad you aren't running UPS, and he was puzzled.
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Old 03-10-2020, 10:06 PM
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Old 03-11-2020, 05:50 AM
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:18 AM
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I like Bernard's front end (threadless contact tips) and the handle on mine has the slotted entry to allow some conduit flexing.

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Old 03-11-2020, 12:43 PM
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For some reason I never developed a real liking for Bernard guns. Just a personal preference thing, I guess because I'm sure there's nothing wrong with them.

For years we used nothing but Tregaskiss guns but for the last ten years or so we've used Tweco equipment, mainly because that's the brand our LWS specializes in.

Tregaskiss made a full line of equipment but they became very big in the auto industry supplying a large part of the robotic equipment used in the manufacture of cars. When Miller bought Bernard and Tregaskiss they focused Bernard on the hand-held guns and continued to develop and improve Tregaskiss equipment in the automatic welding field.

However you can still buy a full line of hand-held Tregaskiss guns if you want. They're just harder to get because they're not carried by a lot of the local stores. We should really be using them though since they are still 100 per cent Canadian made...
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