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    These are tools that help me in my job that I have found along the way, I hope you can benefit from some of this stuff the way I did.

    This first shot is of the vise I got from Home Depot, and you can still get them. They are 36 bucks! So if I break it, no great loss.

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    These little babies I made, aid in erecting pipe jobs, like hand rails or any where you need to hold a pipe before you weld it in place.

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    • #3
      These are clamps I like to use. I have many of each one. You can never have enough clamps!

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      • #4
        These are corner clamps. You need four, and they really speed up making frames.

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        • #5
          This is also handy for heliarcing small stuff. All our production weldors have made one. Sorry I did'nt give you anything to judge scale by. I think it's 3" angle and you can use it any number of ways. Turn it over and you have a small table.

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          • #6
            corner clamps

            Rocky where did you purchase your corner clamps at?

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            • #7
              I know Dan will like this. It's a purge block. the top is porous bronze, inside is a manifold to diffuse the argon gas you put in the tube that is sticking out. You can weld a lot of different types of joints and have perfect purging. Great for inside corner joints, or butt welds. The porous bronze is heliarced on with silicon bronze rod.

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              • #8
                A close up of the purge block.

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                • #9
                  This is my heliarc torch, any body else using this style?

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                  • #10
                    Hey Rocky D nice tig torch Do you like it with that big of a cup and a stub end looks a littel unbalanced . Do you do any field work (scratch start) I noticed that your torch had no flow control?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rocky D
                      This is my heliarc torch, any body else using this style?
                      I use a similar style at work but the gas lense assembly is not as large in comparison to the torch body. Mine is a 125 amp torch. Is this a 100 amp torch or smaller?
                      MigMaster 250- Smooth arc with a good touch of softness to it. Good weld puddle wetout. Light spatter producer.
                      Ironman 230 - Soft arc with a touch of agressiveness to it. Very good weld puddle wet out. Light spatter producer.


                      PM 180C



                      HH 125 EZ - impressive little fluxcore only unit

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                      • #12
                        Re: corner clamps

                        Originally posted by gnewby
                        Rocky where did you purchase your corner clamps at?
                        San Diego Welders Supply or the US distributor is Morton. The clamps are Bessey clamps.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JPCWELD
                          Hey Rocky D nice tig torch Do you like it with that big of a cup and a stub end looks a littel unbalanced . Do you do any field work (scratch start) I noticed that your torch had no flow control?
                          The machine is a Syncrowave 300, and has built in solenoids, and high freq start. We do have a field machine on a cart that has a remote rheostat on the handle, that you operate with your finger as you weld. Most all our torches are water cooled HW-20's

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dan


                            I use a similar style at work but the gas lense assembly is not as large in comparison to the torch body. Mine is a 125 amp torch. Is this a 100 amp torch or smaller?
                            This is an HW-20 water cooled, I don't remember the amp rating, but I can run a 1/8" tungsten at close to 300 amps for a short time. I have welded 1" aluminum without a preheat with it, before. As far as balance, you get used to it real quick, and the coverage is great for titanium. In maintenance, I use a 3/32" tungsten, and production, I use 1/16".

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                            • #15
                              This is a 18 gauge mild steel fillet welded with my HW-20. It is as-welded so you can see the colors. This is most likely what you would be doing at home, I thought,

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