Free welder, $462.  


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2018-12-29 14:45:47  

Someone wanted to trade me this, in exchange for a nice guitar I had $30 into.

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I asked him to plug it in, his Father's house was close by and had 240 nema 6-50R.

When tested... NO wire feed (otherwise all good on DMM) ..... hmmm... time to renegotiate HAHA NO DEAL! 😛

(better yet) "What are you gonna do with a broken welder?"  🙁


It came home with me, free.

I didn't have the right receptacle, the board is SMD (work of the Devil) and  I ALMOST threw it out (minus salvagables) but couldn't bring myself to.

Next to the Lincoln Tombstone it sat, we ALL have better stuff to do than swap cords on a broken welder.

Someday.... those SOMEDAY projects... and one day that red box started calling my name. "John, it's probably and easy fix!" it would say.

"NO! I have actual work to do!" I'd think "No ADD-wannabee-welder-technician for me today!"


Then, one day, last week, I slipped.

I got weak, and the siren song reeled me in, "Probably an EAaaaaaasy fix Baaaabbbby... yeah...."


IMHO 90%+ of SMD is pure rubbish, get a new board or replace the item.

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But I poked around, again, and came back to the same relay for the wire feed motor, no clicky.

Mini ice-cube smd junk,  but I had a bad idea 🙂

We've all beat on a stater motor when the solenoid failed, well, MOSTLY failed. Unless you hit it with a hammer;-)


Armed with a pencil eraser and automatic center punch, I attacked the little icecube, PING PING PING PING from every angle!

3-4 clicks and FIXED!  Relay un-stuck and all works as it should!


I ran through 1Lb of flux core to ensure function, then bought the stuff to convert.

Tombstone went down the road for $200, easy sell with a dryer plug on it LOL!!!


$40 HF auto-darken helmet

$90 100ft 10/3 Rigid Cord and NEMA 6-50P

$100 HF cart, upgraded rubber tires and larger casters.

$170 aluminum OWNER CO2

$12 Linde L-Tec reg (ebay scrounging)

$25 Asco Red Hat Solenoid 230/60

$35 10Lbs .023 Inefil mig wire

$25 Misc

For a free welder...




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There you have it, the world according to John.

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2018-12-29 16:11:07  

While wasting all that hated flux core, I was practicing (and wasting stock)

Besides simply wasting wire (and stock), I managed to cut apart (gut) and butt weld together a .030-ish chainsaw muffler.

23ga? Heck I poked a stick through the car fender once  while messing with the helmet!  .030 is a BIG improvement!

But flux core is so ugly, the splatter is enough to turn me OFF welding.

Hence, no pics.


After the saw muffler I feel confident enough to weld tubing, starting with a cage to protect regulators on this oxy/acet rig. I'm scared of that stuff, boom!

K oxy 244cf, $20 at a rummage sale, out of hydro. FULL.

Acet is 145cf, $20 at rummage sale, out of hydro, full of gas (weighed) Hydro is $25 ea here.

Hand truck is HF $40 with coupon, but positively worthless due to rearward axle offset. Almost perfect for bottles though!

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Feels like a couple hundred pounds for sure, balance is good, can pull backwards smoothly with loop on slab, no need to even lift the shoe.

Needs a gage cage and maybe some trimming.

3 straps are doubled and tied, don't hate. Chain your own, end of conversation.

Next week I'll have hoses, you NEED hoses if you're gonna be catchin stuff on fore! (intentional miss-spell, please pronounce it my way!)

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There you have it, the world according to John.

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2019-05-18 17:57:43  

Maybe you should have given the guy a 30.00 gitar for the welder.

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2019-05-20 06:58:26  

LOL I forgot about that part... Tom did eventually receive a guitar as payment,  but not the one he originally wanted. That one is locked in a case now.

He is an acoustic player, but had ogled a red/white chinese strat, my first guitar, the one  I'd started learning/practiced  luthiery on.


Guitars from China can be a lot like spring guns from China, all the parts are there, but substantial tuning or even re-work is needed.

I only had $25 and time into that unit, and it was ugly, but played AWESOME.

He's completely satisfied, and frankly I feel lucky to play guitar tech for someone so talented.





There you have it, the world according to John.



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