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  • Stickmate LX 235 used for TIG

    tried mild steel...failed. no biggie i can stick steel. i have some thin alum pipe i need welded..
    contacted hobart, they said i need a HF box. $1800 add-on... good lord!
    i bought a $350 welder for a reason lol

    Anyway, is there a cheaper method to acquire/build a HF box?
    i found plans using automotive coil/cap and all kinds of old school stuff.

    I would try alum stick rods... but i hear they aren't worth the hassle.

    ideas?

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    Welcome to the forum 95GTSpeedDemon.
    Did you look into AHP, Everlast or longevity?
    Lincoln A/C 225
    Everlast PA 200

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 95GTSpeedDemon View Post
      tried mild steel...failed. no biggie i can stick steel. i have some thin alum pipe i need welded..
      contacted hobart, they said i need a HF box. $1800 add-on... good lord!
      i bought a $350 welder for a reason lol

      Anyway, is there a cheaper method to acquire/build a HF box?
      i found plans using automotive coil/cap and all kinds of old school stuff.

      I would try alum stick rods... but i hear they aren't worth the hassle.

      ideas?
      Search here and the web, for home-made tig plans, and you will find lots. But, you may have trouble finding some that will supply the fine adjustment required for really successful GTAW. If it is a one off job, then it might be better, and easier to pay someone with GTAW capability to do it.
      Last edited by Northweldor; 05-01-2014, 08:23 AM.

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      • #4
        im a horsepower junkie... with a mustang... who decided that a turbo was needed...

        i bought an ARC Pig last night. hopefully this will solve my issue.
        http://www.arcpig.com/

        i will just stick weld steel with my 1/16 rods and use the tig for aluminum.
        its mostly car fabricating pieces i need done.

        no fine adjustment is ok, im not sure i could work a foot pedal at the same time without hours of practice. i will make do, especially for the $.

        the everlast looked enticing for the $, just seemed too cheap for what was there to last kinda deal. i didnt want the return hassle if it turned out to be junk.

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        • #5
          arcpig looks interesting!
          Anyone use it?

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          • #6
            I've never seen a little girl welding in her pajamas before.
            Quite steady actually, and a lefty.

            Amazing product "seemingly".
            Last edited by vicegrip; 05-01-2014, 01:55 PM.
            sigpicViceGrip
            Negative people have a problem for every solution

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            • #7
              Is this an advertisement?

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              • #8
                If you don't frequently see little girls welding in their pajamas you just are not trying hard enough.

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                • #9
                  no ad. infact im kinda pissy at the moment with this pig.

                  got it the other day, got all the quick connects so i can go back and forth to stick when needed easily. tighten the nuts on the studs for the leads to the machine... ground is wiggling around. removed cables, tightened lower nut, reinstalled cables, same problem. take the **** thing apart and the stud pulled from the circuit board... fark.

                  here is what the inside looks like.







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                  • #10
                    That is a user problem not product. I see that scene all the time.

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                    • #11
                      see how there is no nut on the bottom side of the ground stud and there is on the + side?
                      thats why it happened. there was nothing holding the ground stud in place from twisting. that is a product issue.

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                      • #12
                        they are sending me a new one. they changed the stud to stainless in a running production change. it is "slicker" and transferred more tq to the circuit board.

                        they made it right. waiting on the new one.

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                        • #13
                          update!

                          arc pig works! you hit the button and it sends voltage to the metal and if its a good connection the weld process starts. i have been able to weld steel and aluminum. the alum was old & thin, such a PITA!

                          im starting to get the hang of it.


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