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  • cleaver
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    ahhh...oki, ill go and look this weekend about the wires and the cover, ill go and ask my local dealer...see how much it would cost!
    thanks again and I will definitly post some pics once I get it going! hahaha..

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  • fun4now
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    wire online

    cleaver i think you will find that wire will be too expensive to ship so if it is cheap to buy after shipping it will be about the same or a little more. but if you cant get good wire localy you may have no choice.
    good luck and happy welding

    PS i too have never seen a hobart cover so i cant say if any good or not, ask youre dealer if he can order you in 1 to see if you like it befor you buy.

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  • HAWK
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    Cleaver,

    Post some pictures when you get going. We'd love to see them. I've never used the Hobart covers, but am sure they are nice.

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  • cleaver
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    Hi Andy, Hawk and James,

    Thanks for everything (I cant say that enough) I will go look for the wire locally, but last time I was there I did not see any lincoln or hobart wires. Hey have no name brands but I have no clue if they are good or not. Oh, is it cheaper to buy online for wire VS to buy locally? Oh James, I actually have a cart that I purchased (got a deal on it), but it does not fit the machine well I would have to kinda modify it a bit so that the machine will sit in properly. But I will start on those as soon as I have the 230v outlet, gas tank and wire then I am going to start welding..im excited!

    Is it ok for me to post some of my beads when I do get the chance to weld? and you pros can tell me what im doing wrong, cuz I can tell you that im a beginner..with barely any experience! hahaha..

    Oh, one thing...im planning on buying a Hobart machine cover. I dont know if they are good or not..any opinions?

    Thanks again for all the help, I appriciate and respect everyone's inputs..

    best regards,
    cleaver

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  • fun4now
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    wire size

    i have used nothing but .025 sence i got gass havent tryed .030 yet as i dont have anything thick enough for it im mostly running on 10 gage or smaller. lots of art'sy stuf with my plasma cutter Decrative tables ( POW * MIA ) and soon some security screen doors.
    you're wire size realy depends on what you are working on. keep a stash of tips handy( i have about 7-10 of all .025,.030,.035) you can always change as they will use the same gass just change out the tip and run.
    good luck and happy welding
    P.S looks like youre first project will be the same 1 as mine was (a welder stand )

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  • HAWK
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    cleaver,

    Congratulations on your new machine. Don't be sorry. I run MIG and stick when the job calls for it. I prefer TIG, but that's me.

    When you get good with the new machine and set up Andy has recommended, try a 92%argon/8%co2 or a 90%argon/10%co2 in place of the 75%ar/25%co2. It will depend on which mix or similar mix is popular in your area. The higher argon content will yield a hotter arc. You might even get .030" ER70S-6 into the spray mode.

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  • ASKANDY
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    Cleav!!

    Congrats and welcome to the world of welding. I'm sure you will have fun with your new unit.

    That welder runs great with .030 ER70S-6 wire. Lincoln makes a great filler wire called L-56 or Hobart also makes a wire called HB-28 that has similar properties. These 2 brands will probably be abvailable in your area. Use a mix gas of 75% Argon / 25% CO2.

    That should get you into enough trouble for now Come on back if you have any more questions!

    Andy

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  • cleaver
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    here is a pic of it...
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  • cleaver
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    what kind of wire do I get and where? any particular brand? and size?

    I wont be doing any body work..but I hear that people still say to get .23 size...why is that?

    yeah, I hope that I can make enough money so that I can buy a TIG machine! hehehe..then ill stop buying from there on! hehehe..

    regards

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  • fun4now
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    HH180

    im shoure you will love the 180 maby if you get some work going with it you can let it pay for youre TIG that would be sweet yes
    good luck and happy welding
    P.S. get some gass for that as soon as you can you will love it with gass

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  • cleaver
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    hi Hawk..

    sorry...but I decided to get a MIG for now. I just purchased a HH180! got a nice deal, so I took it...haha!

    My TIG hunt will have to wait for now as this MIG machine took alot out of my wallet! I need to cut my credit cards now! hahahaha.

    Thanks again for all the advice everyone has provided. This site is cool!!!

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  • HAWK
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    cleaver,

    An 80CF or larger is the way to go. I mainly use 300CF tanks, also have some 80CF's. Figure your gas flow at 15CFH of welding. It will be more than that due to preflow and postflow of the gas. That translates to 4 or 5 hours of TIG on an 80 CF tank.

    Will the puddle roll out? No. Just practice before you have to lay under it. The learning curve with TIG is steeper than MIG or STICK. The remote is to adjust your output amperage while welding to start, stop, and properly the weld. Out of position is fun!

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  • cleaver
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    Hi Everyone,

    I didnt notice that people have been replying back! I never got an email msg...hehehe, sorry for not replying so soon.

    Anyways, back to the subject. I understand that the HH180 requires a 220v plug. I will be getting a 220V plus in the garage, hopefully soon (in a few weeks). I also got a welding helmet ordered too! I already have the gloves and a cart aswell but no welding machine! hahaha! (and of course no tank). Oh, electricity is the same for both United States and Canada.

    Reason why I want AC is because of the fact that I dont want to be limited in the things that I can do. My welding will only be a hobby, but hopefully I can make stuff and sell it to get my money back too! I was hoping to make an exhaust piping, Turbo manifold (using sch40 pipe 1.5"), Intercooler endtanks, a bench, bench grinder stand, and other little things (household stuff). I am not planning on building a house so I dont need a super heavy duty one! hehe...

    Thats the reason why I want AC, is so that I dont be limited in the work I do, eventhought I have never tried tigging before I dont even know how it really works...all I understand is that you crate a puddle with the torch and you put the filler and move slowly..hahaha, no clue why there is a remote on these machines.

    Anyhoo, I have a few questions regarding TIG. I was told that since the process is longer that you need a bigger tank? If so, what size? someone told me to get rougly around 80CF. Also, that TIG is harder to do out of position welding? (like for example fixing exhaust on a car, will the puddle drop on me?) Time is not a factor if it will take longer than a MIG. In the future, I would like to have both (a tig and a mig machine), its just I wanna buy one for now but cant decide which one to get.

    I am sorry for the long post, I tend to do this alot and ask alot of questions. Sorry again..

    best regards,
    cleaver

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  • fun4now
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    max VS syncrowave

    i played with that same choice. decided i wanted ac for aluminum but it is a choice you're work or personal feelings have to make.the syncrowave will give you ac and last you forever as its a transformer type. the maxstar is inverter based power sorce so it will caust you less to rum (electric bill)but you wont get to do aluminum . do you need or just realy want aluminum ? somthing to think about when you have saved up for a tig or to know how much to save up.
    good luck and happy welding

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  • fun4now
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    what are you welding

    may i ask what you are welding ? if you are looking at the hh180 you are aware that it is a 220v machine . never been to can. so dont know what power you have there (germany only has 220).

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