Originally Posted by ndsgr
A few months back, a neighbor of mine gave me this welder before he moved. He mentioned that it was temperamental about when it would work and when it wouldn't.
Yesterday, I figured out the problem. Turns out the contacts in the handle were dirty and just needed a little love. It runs like a champ now, but I have a few questions.
-How do you turn the power up? I read somewhere that it could be a safety feature that the power knob doesn't click higher (make sure you have a dedicated circuit). Also, using the power knob for "off" has to be held and will click back to "1" when let go.
-Are there standard gas fittings that go with the tiny gas line attached? I could probably rig something, but was curious.
-Can I use CO2 from my kegerator bottle and at what PSI should I run it if using standard "MIG" wire?
-I bought flux core for now. I would eventually like to make a 2 or 3 tier brew stand with it. Is flux core suitable?
Pic of welder:
I'm a complete newb when it comes to welding and have done some research, but it seems like the welding forums out there don't have a lot of newb-friendly resources. Thanks in advance!
The power, or amperage I'm assuming your referring to is the "coarse" amperage adjustment switch with the OFF,1,2,3,4
To increase the amperage you just turn the switch to the desired number.
By coarse I mean you have only 4 choices of amperage.
Higher end welding machines have a dial that gives infinite control over the amperage adjustment.
Yes you will want a dedicated circuit, but as long as no other appliances are running while welding you will be fine. It should say on the machine how many amps it requires to operate. I would guess 15 to 20 amp circuit.
Without a pic I couldn't tell you which fittings you need. Take it to a weld supply and they will set you up with the right fittings.
If you bought flux core you won't need a shielding gas, and no CO2 won't work properly. You'll need a blend of 75% Argon 25% CO2 if welding with solid wire. For welding of carbon steel you'll want ER70S-2 mig wire