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  • #46
    Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    My wife told me this morning that she wants the Passport back, she likes the arc better than the MM211


    ( she does weld)
    So, how are you liking the 211???
    Professional Auto Mechanic since 1974
    My own shop since 1981
    Cya Frank

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Frank865 View Post
      So, how are you liking the 211???
      I like the MM211 but prefer the arc of the Passport also
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      • #48
        Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
        You don't need any new rollers-

        the MM211 comes with all you need

        Ya i misunderstsand what it meant on the roller. The one side is like .030-.035
        and the other side is for the smaller stuff.

        I met resistance on the carts. But I wont let that stand in my way. God i just hope he still has then in a week or so.

        I got the HOW MUCH are you going to spend you already spent 1600.00

        But no worries, I will passify for a few days and then do my thing.

        I have to get away from carpentry. I cant take steps, or work on ladders anymore. There is no way I can continue. I have to be on a level surface shop type environment. Cause of two knees that need replaced. Motocross was hard on the body and tore me up pretty good. So in time, Thats all I am going to do is weld.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Cgotto6 View Post
          Plasma is not meant to cut glass. I get all my consumables at my lws.

          Ok ya I wasnt sure If I saw that or not. I thought i did see the plasma will cut glass, but i must have been mistaking.


          So the lws. Ok I need more stuff. Right now like i said I am getting resistance from my other half. But its not going to last. I DO WHAT I WANT TO DO I aint letting someone tell me how I AM GOING TO SPEND OUR MONEY LOLOLOL! Jk. I will be reasonable and try to pick up them carts next week. GEESH!

          Just cause i sometimes mistake and call them toys, they are really TOOLS! She dont get that, not only am I going to be welding, but SO IS SHE! She just dont understand it yet. She is very artsy and I know she will love doing the more artsy creative stuff. I mean we both play several instraments, she was in many bands, from dance to rock, she loves to paint, She just dont know how much she loves to weld YET!

          And **** Its only MONEY!

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          • #50
            Originally posted by pmac View Post
            Ya i misunderstsand what it meant on the roller. The one side is like .030-.035
            and the other side is for the smaller stuff.

            I met resistance on the carts. But I wont let that stand in my way. God i just hope he still has then in a week or so.

            I got the HOW MUCH are you going to spend you already spent 1600.00

            But no worries, I will passify for a few days and then do my thing.

            I have to get away from carpentry. I cant take steps, or work on ladders anymore. There is no way I can continue. I have to be on a level surface shop type environment. Cause of two knees that need replaced. Motocross was hard on the body and tore me up pretty good. So in time, Thats all I am going to do is weld.
            You will need different rollers for .023 and then for larger wire but in reality the .030
            Wire will work for a wide range and more so since you are just starting

            Go weld some **** together

            Right now yer discussing guitar string size but haven't learned to play the guitar

            You gotta learn smoke on the water first ��
            Last edited by Broccoli1; 01-18-2013, 06:44 PM.
            Ed Conley
            http://www.screamingbroccoli.net/
            MM252
            MM211
            Passport Plus w/Spool Gun
            TA185
            Miller 125c Plasma 120v
            O/A set
            SO 2020 Bender
            You can call me Bacchus

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
              You will need different rollers for .023 and then for larger wire but in reality the .030
              Wire will work for a wide range and more so since you are just starting

              Go weld some **** together

              Right now yer discussing guitar string size but haven't learned to play the guitar

              You gotta learn smoke on the water first ��

              Ya I have always been that way. the first real song, not book stuff I learned on the guitar was stairway to heaven.

              I guess I am a bit of a horder collector. I do have enough right now to just weld and actually learn. I do want to get some more wire and tips and a spare nozzle or two. Ohhh and the halogen light set up and two of them carts.

              I guess I will just get a 10lb spool of the .030.

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              • #52
                My Experience

                Hi pmac,

                My first experience with MIG was last spring. I had done some stick welding at a shop when I was in high school... but, that had been 40 years prior. (And I wasn't very good then.)

                I took classes at a local welding supply company (Sutton-Garten in Indy). The instructor, Dave Diller, was great to work with. They have a number of individual cells set up for stick, MIG, and TIG. Dave was available for instruction and critiquing the welds; but, the biggest benefit to me was 4 hours of weld time and all the scrap metal you could weld together.

                Last year I took 6 lessons. The first was good, the second was not so good, and by the third lesson I was ready to quit. A friend took the class at the same time, and his hand-eye coordination was better than me. He advanced to out of position welds before me... and I guess I took that personally.

                Long story short, I'll repeat the things some other guys here have mentioned that made the biggest difference to me:

                1. Auto darkening helmet - A good auto-darkening helmet complete took away the variable of dropping my hood and trying to figure out how far out of position my hand had moved.
                2. Auto dark setting - I set my helmet too dark. I was told that 9 was too light; but, that is what I have been using with no spots after welding... so I'll continue.
                3. Cheater lens - I use reading glasses and I had no idea how important that slight improvement would make. The cheater lens was probably more important than any other factor in helping me improve.
                4. External lighting - Good lighting for set-up and getting your bearings before you strike the arc is important.
                5. Optic distance - Don't get too close, or too far from the weld. You'll know where you're where you need to be when you can see the puddle and the work piece, and everything is in focus.
                6. "Vision" of the puddle - Really watching the puddle was critical.... I was only able to get good at that when all the other things above were accomplished.
                7. Practice - Even if it's only holding the torch while you watch a race on television... get to the point where it feels comfortable in your hand. Stay loose. I was so up tight after a few lessons that the instructor couldn't believe I could do as well as I had been doing. It's all about getting comfortable... at least for me.

                There are some really great videos online. The more I watch, the more comfortable I get, and the more excited I am about getting better. I'm kind of a slow learner... once the ball gets rolling, though, the process improves.

                I'm far from being an expert (in fact I'm barely a beginner). The other guys here really know there stuff. I hope some of these basics help you, though.

                Good luck.

                Jeff

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                • #53
                  That is great advise Jeff.
                  Nothing welded, Nothing gained

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                  • #54
                    The 030 is the only wire needed for that unit unless you have a steady diet of auto sheet metal

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