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Just bought a new mig welder

Discussion in '<a href=http://www.lawnsite.com/buttons/jump.php?i' started by Mike Nelson, May 3, 2001.

  1. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    Well after 12 years,we finally bought a mig welder.It is a Lincoln 200 amp.Our little Miller buzz box stick welder can now take a brake.

    We are building a body for our new sealcoat truck so we decided to take the plunge on the new welder.

    When we get done I will post some pictures.

    Mike Nelson
  2. Deere John

    Deere John LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    I'd be interested to hear how you like this welder Mike. I understand that I can hook a similar mig to my Ranger 8 to give me mig-in-the-field capabilities.
  3. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    I will keep you posted.

  4. Pauls Mowing

    Pauls Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    I had a lincoln SP 150 a few years ago, one of the biggest mistakes was selling it when I moved out west.

    Good luck with it Mike!!

  5. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    Mike - the MIG was money well spent! You guys will be glad you bought it.

    John - seeing "Ranger 8" in your post reminds me of a project (one of many, actually - I was there for several weeks) I did when doing work for one of our aggregate company customers a couple of summers ago. They had a new Ranger 8 welder and wanted a skid frame with a lifting lug built for it. Apparently, not too long after that one of their guys had it sitting on the deck of a 5-ton flatbed and drove off without tying it down. You guessed it, first corner :eek: ! There was a happy ending: The lifting lug was mounted on a hoop which went around the centre of the machine, and it acted as a "roll cage" preventing total destruction of the welder!

    Have any of you done much MIG work in the field as John mentions? My only experience with that has been some crusher buildup - NOT fun!
  6. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    The guys in the shop are really excited and tell me once I use the mig I won't want to use anything else.

    It is something that we needed,now the next step hopefully by fall is a plasma cutter.

    Makes me want to play in the shop again.

    Mike Nelson
  7. Deere John

    Deere John LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    The last big field job where we used the mig attached to a gas-powered Hobart was in rebuilding shark-fin scarification barrels. They are used to turn up the ground in recently-cut areas to promote access for tree planting. The barrels are made of 7/8" pipe, 24" in diameter and loaded with concrete for weight. The barrels have "shark fins" welded to them in a concentric pattern to aid in parting the debris. The fins are about 1" thick, 10" by 12" and about 16 per barrel. 4 barrels to a set. Lots of stick changes if using a stick machine. The mig here worked great - we took turns to keep the machinery working and give us a break, since it was 85 plus degrees in the cutovers, with no shade.

    Question: I use my Ranger 8 to power my shop. As well, I have a 3200 watt portable generator to use there for power when we don't need the power capacity of the Lincoln (like drinking beer by the woodstove with the lights and radio on :D ). This winter, I made a boo boo and backfed 3200 watts of power from the small gen set into the Ranger 8 through the shop's electrical system. The breaker tripped after about 3-4 seconds. Did I do any long-term harm to the Lincoln? It welds fine now, but I'm wondering what may show up over time?

    I have started to use 0-W-40 oil in all my portable equipment, year round. I figure the high detergent oil will reach the bearings etc faster on startup, and provide 40 wt. protection while warmed and running. This is contrary (not mentioned) in any of the owner's manuals, but I do and I'd like to hear the thoughts of others.
  8. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    Plasmacutter, fun toys. I can highly recommend the Hypertherm products, owned a Powermax 600 for a few years and haven't had any problems. It's always performed above expectations as well ......
  9. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 416


    Our local welding shop carries Hypertherm.He quoted me around $1,650. for one that can cut up to 3/8 steel.

    Well I better start saving some more pennies,cause that looks like a cool toy.:D

    Mike Nelson
  10. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    The best thing about a plasma cutter is, it's not limited to steel.

    Just the ticket for things like: stainless steel mudflap weights (no more rust - ever! :D ) and oddly shaped aluminum checkerplate panels.

    Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Also yes.

    And John, how long ago did the "oops" take place? I think that by tripping, the breaker did it's job and things should be OK.

    One symptom that repairs may be needed soon is the fine current dial becoming more difficult to adjust (starts to feel kind of "gritty", for lack of a better term, when you make small adjustments to the welding current) through your most commonly used settings. The Hobart Champion on my work truck is doing that now in between 3 and 8 on the fine current dial, there's another rheostat handy to replace it when it finally quits altogether.

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