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  • Jbkinn
    started a topic Why high price for pedal?

    Why high price for pedal?

    Just bought a TIG but can't understand why a pedal cost so much. If all it has is potentiometer, what's the big deal?

  • ryanjones2150
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    Why high price for pedal?

    I like it.

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  • Goodhand
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    A detailed explanation of my pedal can be found, here.

    After looking at some old posts, I discovered that I have been using this pedal without a stutter for over 5.5 years. Even though it may appear to be "light duty," it has proven itself to be very dependable.
    Last edited by Goodhand; 09-25-2015, 01:22 PM.

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  • mbramble
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    I thought I would revive this old thread since it was the first thing I found when I started looking for info on how to build a TIG foot pedal for my Multimatic 200. The TIG kit that was available when I bought my machine has the thumb controls on the torch. I am just not coordinated enough to use the amperage control without messing up my already messed up welds So, normally I just use the machine settings and in most cases that works just fine. I still have thought it would be nice to have a foot pedal. Miller wants $300 and you can get one from SSR (?) for around $200. I am retired and on a limited income and just do hobby welding so it was hard to justify even $200 for something I don't need every time I need to TIG. I was able to buy the machine using money from a VA program I was enrolled in but by the time I started to learn to TIG in school, and I thought a foot pedal might be nice, the money was running out.

    So, I did a lot of searching on the Internet. This thread was very helpful. I used this guy's video as a model for the pedal I built (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzKuQQKcclM). His looks MUCH better than mine but I am extremely happy with how mine turned out. And I didn't spend much money at all. The connector to plug it into my MM 200 was about $10, the 1K pot about $8, the gear/belt to turn the pot was $5 off eBay, $8 for 20' of cat6 cable and less than $10 for a microswitch, some springs and screws I didn't have. I used 1/8" or so plate that I had laying around to build the pedal itself.

    I got it all put together and wired up this afternoon and (after comparing the readings from the connector to my pedal with readings from the connector to the thumb controls) connected it to my MM200. It works perfectly!! As soon as I step on the pedal the gas starts and I can go from about 6 amps all the way up to what the machine is set for. It works identical to my thumb controls only much more convenient....

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    This shows the bottom without the bottom cover installed.

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    This is a top view without the pedal on. The 2 screws coming up from the bottom are to limit the travel of the pedal in the up and down directions. The microswitch is in the farcorner at the end of that blue wire. It is mounted directly to the frame.

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    This is with it all put together. I see from this that I should move the drive gear over to the right just a hair.

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  • go2building
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    Originally posted by shovelon View Post
    Originally posted by Drf255 View Post
    I'm still trying to figure out why the WIRELESS pedal costs So much.

    Id love one but coud never justify the price. I wonder if SSC or another manufacturer will ever come out with a version.
    Prices have come down to under $500. I want one in the worst way but have still have an extra wired one.
    I love mine, when your tiging large things like pipe railings it's a blessing.
    I have 2 Dynasty's I use it on.
    I got mine with the Dynasty 200DX runner package, think it cost me like $250 or so more and I have wired remotes, from other welders for backup.
    Kevin

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  • shovelon
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    Originally posted by Drf255 View Post
    I'm still trying to figure out why the WIRELESS pedal costs So much.

    Id love one but coud never justify the price. I wonder if SSC or another manufacturer will ever come out with a version.
    Prices have come down to under $500. I want one in the worst way but have still have an extra wired one.

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  • shovelon
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    Originally posted by Goodhand View Post
    There are no solenoids in this pedal.
    Oh, I see, that is a groove pulley type guide mounted to the pot. Clever.

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  • Drf255
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    I'm still trying to figure out why the WIRELESS pedal costs So much.

    Id love one but coud never justify the price. I wonder if SSC or another manufacturer will ever come out with a version.

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  • Goodhand
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    Originally posted by shovelon View Post

    Is that like a screwlock next to the solenoid?
    There are no solenoids in this pedal.

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  • shovelon
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    Originally posted by Goodhand View Post
    Here's a photo, taken after wiring the components. The microswitch activates the contactor, as soon as the pedal lever moves. The goal was to make a pedal by the simplest and cheapest means, while maintaining functionality and dependability. Achieved... it works every time I use it.

    Is that like a screwlock next to the solenoid?

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  • paulrbrown
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    Originally posted by crabber View Post
    I just bought a set of wheels for my truck, but can't understand why the tires cost so much. They are just rubber, whats the big deal.
    You forgot to mention all those steel and nylon cords and all the naugas that went into making that black rubber hide.....oh wait ,naugas are for recliners, but anyway, lots of string and wire is in that there tire......

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  • Goodhand
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    Originally posted by shovelon View Post
    Sorry, did not know it was yours.

    Your pics don't allow me to zoom in on them. Did you put a remote contactor switch in there too?
    Here's a photo, taken after wiring the components. The microswitch activates the contactor, as soon as the pedal lever moves. The goal was to make a pedal by the simplest and cheapest means, while maintaining functionality and dependability. Achieved... it works every time I use it.
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    Last edited by Goodhand; 10-17-2012, 06:28 PM.

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  • USMCPOP
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    I want to mod an old wah-wah pedal we have laying around. If I tried to emulate Hendrix playing Voodoo Child, how do you think the weld would come out?

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  • cayager
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    Originally posted by go2building View Post
    Sooo, your not tig welding. Ok cool.
    If I was a hobby welder and Purchased a hobby welder ( with no pedal) , I would spend the $250 on a pedal.
    Too expensive, find a cheaper hobby.
    i was being sarcastic. ive actually bought many pedals, sometimes just to have a spare. point being that is the cheapest thing you can buy in the welding game

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  • go2building
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    Originally posted by cayager View Post
    after i built my truck, put the crane on it, bolted down the big blue air pak, and all the rest of the junkto go along. then filling the truck and welder with fuel,i couldnt see spending $ 250 on the pedal!
    Sooo, your not tig welding. Ok cool.
    If I was a hobby welder and Purchased a hobby welder ( with no pedal) , I would spend the $250 on a pedal.
    Too expensive, find a cheaper hobby.

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