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Post Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:19 am 
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You may need to get a different feed roller to run .6 wire. Not sure if the standard one goes that small.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:54 pm 
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For anyone that cares, I just got an email from BOC and they have a sale on a bunch of welders at the moment and the Smootharc 180 I ended up with (and am very happy with) is on sale for $630.05 at the moment. Great piece of kit for light to medium duty stuff for that money, if you ask me.

http://www.boc.com.au/shop/en/au/smootharc-mig-180

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:24 am 
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Any one used a kemppi MinarcMig Evo 200. Im not a good welder and this has a auto feature where u set the joint type and thickness and material type and it sets it all up.
Or should i just get a 180c

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:07 am 
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My kemppi has the same feature. It works very well.

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:38 am 
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Anyone know of any good xmas deals going for the unimig 180 . Im really only going to use it as a mig so i would be better off with a dedicated mig and not the 3 in 1 yeah ?

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:18 am 
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I've got a Unimig 180 (kmm180), I find it pretty good for the price. Gasweld near me had them for something $449 when I bought mine 2 years ago in a Christmas sale so keep an eye out. Total tools were also pretty much the same in price but didn't have stock when I was looking.

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:37 pm 
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I did a trial gasless and surprised how good it was gasless... and read on another forum i can rent a d bottle from boc for 108 a year with a free refill every year.

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:00 pm 
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Total tool do a swap and go for gas bottles.
Much better than paying rental.

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:11 am 
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I did a trial gasless and surprised how good it was gasless... and read on another forum i can rent a d bottle from boc for 108 a year with a free refill every year.


I can confirm, that's what I pay. For the first year you get your starting bottle +1 free refill, then 1 free refill every year after that.

I looked at Total tools but the bottle is worth over 3 years rent by itself and refills/swaps are quite a bit more expensive than boc. A TT refill/swap is almost worth a years rent at boc anyway. With Bocs 1 free refill per year I'm going to be ahead and I'm not going to get lumped with an expensive useless bottle if TT folds or stops doing gas ect.

Either way the big decider for me was I have to drive an extra 200kms (each way) to get TT over boc.

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:02 am 
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Has anyone had any experience with these WIA Weldmatic 250i units?
http://www.welding.com.au/equipment/view/weldmatic-250i

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:16 pm 
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Hey fellas (and ladies if applicable)!

So I'm just starting MIG welding and been having a play. First lot been ok but much to learn.

Been trying some bodywork but a couple of questions.

What gas flow rate should start me off right?

Also Sierra bodywork is 0.6 or 0.8mm?

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:21 am 
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Thinner wire is better for sierra pannels 0.6mm is what i use. Never been able to weld them without warping just 1 million spot welds i did have a heap of pics on my photobucket when i welded a lwb tub onto a maruti ute but i cheated by spot welding a thicker bit of steel behind the join, leaving a small gap and putting most of the heat into that then bring it over to the sierra steel if that makes sense

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:58 am 
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Ah cheers! Yep that makes sense. That's my plan, do a zillion spot welds. Going to get some practice on a set of cactus doors and some sheet steel from down the road.

I was considering welding in thicker steel! Although some bits I have direct replacement from a donor car.

Any suggestions on gas flow rate? I'm using 0.6 wire as suggested, and have the start off settings for that wire and gauge steel in the machine. But I can't find anything that gives me a starting point for gas flow rate

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:56 am 
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Nah i just use the little gasless thats about 14 years old now, gas flow isnt super critical when just doing spot welds.
Its been nearly 20 yrs since i did my weld/fab apprenticship so more than a little fuzzy. Just use good quality wire and do lots of test bits. I found varying the distance of the tip from the metal a big help with the thin stuff, you sacrifice weld quality but your just spotting so the reduction in heat thats gained by adding some distance is worth it.
Any panel your welding be sure to think of leaving room for a little bog as your never going to get an acceptable finish with metal i try leave 1-2 mm sunken to skim over with bog after

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:12 pm 
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Great tips!!! Thanks mate

I'm keen on using gas for panel work purely because there's no slag and it's a cleaner weld. I'm also lead to believe (although I am easily lead) that it creates less heat in the panel.

I like your idea about leaving a mm or two to fill in with bog. I did see a set of panel pliers which folds the edge in slightly so it's all countersunk after he weld. Perhaps a set of them might be a good item in the kit

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:16 pm 
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Gas flow rate should be around 12-15L

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:34 pm 
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Thanks Monley!! About spot on with what I've been trying. Cheers for that!! Much more practice to go

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:39 pm 
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I found the cheapest arc welder on gumtree locally i could a few months ago and ended up with an awesome little cigweld 130,,, practically brand new. $60 Even came with a trolley and rods. Ive used it quite a bit tube and flat place and some practice splattering. Its light, piortable, plugs into 10amp and its taught me about how to weld better.

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