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  • #46
    scottv,

    I had one of their engine drives (Predator) and a Pee Wee series 190 amp inverter. I also had a Pak Master 100 TD plasma for a while. I was never happy with any of their stuff. I don't really know where those machines were made. They may have been marketed by TA and manufactured by somebody other than TA. I don't remember the rental unit model, but it was an older well used 3 phase, 300 amp GMAW power source. I think it also had SMAW capabilities, but may be wrong on that one. It had a nice smooth MIG arc.

    What type of feeder (TA) is in your picture? I spent a week with a fancy high dollar TA wire feeder about 4 years ago. I was working with an Air Gas rep testing some of the new Maxx shielding gases. If memory is correct we were running a Ferro Maxx plus gas. It was great for short arc and spray. I could climb a wall with a hot short arc or spin the dials and be in a hot spray. I guess that's off the subject though-just as well. Air gas discontinued those gases shortly after they hit the market (1-2 years).

    What do you think of the ESAB plasma?

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    • #47
      Did the arc sound funny with those gases? I used a few different tri-mixes for steel and it's different.
      The feeder is a 2410 four roll feeder that is the same as the Hobart 2210 two roll below. Thermal has just upgraded their feeder line and none are made now. The Thermal rep really does not know why they changed but I guess everybody just has to have quick change drive rolls or they won't weld right or something. I also have the last Thermal arc assist control-box and gun made on the lower feeder. It is a 15ft model and is the key to making them work. 25ft does not cut it. I found the whole setup worked as well as my Python or Prince 25 ft push/pull setups on .035 4043 wire. never a burnback to the tip. Go figure that one out.

      I also wanted to post this esab that is really a good tapped transformer unit. It has 400 + amps and 35 taps. It really is a great welding unit but it is three phase so that kills that for now.
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      • #48
        Oh yea! The arc was really undescribeably other than it was great! I went back 2 years later after my buddy had left Air Gas and found only a few 125 CF bottles hanging out from the last 2 years. I was told once they were gone that was it for the Maxx shield gases. Nice pictures. I have 3 phase at a shop I use, but my own shop is 1 phase only. It can suck!!! The feeder and control box look familiar. Maybe the same set up. Time has a way of blurring things.

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        • #49
          What a fine shop, You must have a support staff to keep it that clean & organized

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          • #50
            Originally posted by lramberson
            What a fine shop, You must have a support staff to keep it that clean & organized

            Scott does it all with a little help from his friend.

            Actually if you ahd known Scott as long as I have you would know that he doesn't keep a machine long enough to let the dust settle on it; he is in a never ending search for the Holy Grail of welding machines.

            Once Barbara ties him down that may come to a screeching halt.

            All joking aside, Scott calls 'em like he sees 'em. He has no color loyalty, and I respect MOST of his opinions.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by cope
              Scott does it all with a little help from his friend.

              Actually if you ahd known Scott as long as I have you would know that he doesn't keep a machine long enough to let the dust settle on it; he is in a never ending search for the Holy Grail of welding machines.

              Once Barbara ties him down that may come to a screeching halt.

              All joking aside, Scott calls 'em like he sees 'em. He has no color loyalty, and I respect MOST of his opinions.

              Cope, that is why I bought Barbara a welder first thing. ( really a plasma )

              Barbara keeps asking me if I would keep her house as clean as my shop. I only have one answer for her and it is--- If you build your shop I will move in there!!!!!


              I am really done now because the arc of my machines is really very good so no real reason to upgrade. Other then adding a small mig again ( passport? ) Then again a little 120 volt unit could fill that spot (outside sheetmetal type stuff )

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              • #52
                The Passport has been great. I have had the most prototypes in the country at some of our race shops here and these guys ARE picky and they love it. It is a pricey unit for a small welder but you do get pure portability WITH gas and WITHOUT that big gas bottle. If you wish to use it in the shop it allows you to hook up an external gas supply. Even though I'm not crazy about the name, this inverter is a sweet unit! Designed mostly for portability, the arc can't be overlooked for a nice shop welder. The word is getting out, just ordered 3 more today for other teams. Good luck and if you are not busy scott, I could use some help organizing my shop

                Andy

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