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  • New TB 302

    Just got a new TB 302 today. Mounted it in my old service truck until I can get my other truck ready.

    Just burnt a couple of rods with it this evening and I have to say the thing really welds nice I can't believe how much smother it is than my old Ranger 8, no comparison.

    I wish to thank all on these forums for the advice and recommendations, I don't think I'll be sorry. I'll try to post some pictures of some beads I laid with it when I get settled in with it.
    Trailblazer 302
    Lincoln SP-135-T
    Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
    Smith torch
    Spoolmatic 30A

  • #2
    Congrats. You will really like it once you get used to it. I was burning 7018's today and still like it. With the variable dig, it runs rods great in all conditions. Same with wire and TIG......matter of fact, I don't know it it won't do anything well.


    FWIW, mine really likes Hobart 7018's much better than Lincolns.
    Don


    '06 Trailblazer 302
    '06 12RC feeder
    Super S-32P feeder

    HH210 & DP3035 spool gun
    Esab Multimaster 260
    Esab Heliarc 252 AC/DC

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    • #3
      Variable dig?

      I also have a TB 302 and have used the variable dig feature.
      I am a novice and don't fully understand that feature like I would like to.
      Can anybody explain in simple terms?
      Thanks

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      • #4
        Very simply put, it will change the arc from a softer setting, preferred with a 7018, to a harsher or stiffer setting for 6010. It adjusts the characteristics to help the electrodes out with their different characteristics. 6010's are very deep digging rods. They are specificaly made to be like that. The stiffer arc will help them do their job even better. That same arc isn't the best for a 7018. It likes a softer setting to curb the undercutting tendencies it has. Adding a little more dig to 7018's can help with overhead and vert up...although I don't like it high on vert up. With a soft arc, the puddle will be very fluid. Not the best for out of position with a 7018. By adding dig, you can make the puddle easier to manage.

        Not the best explanation I'm sure, but it might do it.
        Don


        '06 Trailblazer 302
        '06 12RC feeder
        Super S-32P feeder

        HH210 & DP3035 spool gun
        Esab Multimaster 260
        Esab Heliarc 252 AC/DC

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        • #5
          Congrats ShortArc

          I think you will love the TB302 once you get a handle on the dig setting, I have one that I got about 3 months ago, happy as a jaybird, I was impressed with the welding capabilities compared to bobcats rangers etc., no comparison to the 302. I think Miller got this one down pat!
          ;
          /22x45 concrete slab with 2 overhead cranes(trolley style with electric hoist, huge shade tree to weld under
          33x33 enclosed shop when its to cold or windy outside
          miller 210
          miller 875 plasma
          victor oxy/accet
          unihydro 45ton ironworker
          miller 180 tig
          ole lincoln ac/dc buzzbox
          milwaukee power tools
          and everything in between
          2007 trailblazer 302
          Bailiegh 210 miter saw-2008
          Beer Fridge
          6000# cat forklift
          36" port-a-cool fan
          Dake G-75 Belt grinder
          3035 Spoolgun

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          • #6
            This is a picture of a vertical up bead I made this evening just playing around.

            Metal is 1/4 inch, Hobart 7018 3/32, 85 amps, dig on soft.

            The bump toward the top is where I stopped and restarted.
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            Trailblazer 302
            Lincoln SP-135-T
            Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
            Smith torch
            Spoolmatic 30A

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            • #7
              Congrats, I got my 302 about 6 months ago, and finally got them to purchase on at work for my service truck last month. The dual generator feature is one of my favorites on these machines, one guy welding another with a chop saw or anything else, man just can't beat that I wish i used mine at home more, already passed it on hours to the one at work
              Trailblazer 302G
              MM 210 with spool gun
              Thermal Arc Heffty2 CC/CV suitcase
              Smith torches
              Porter Cable 14" carbide chop saw
              griders and hand tools coming out the WAZOO


              I owe! I owe! so off to work I go!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Copperdog View Post
                I also have a TB 302 and have used the variable dig feature.
                I am a novice and don't fully understand that feature like I would like to.
                Can anybody explain in simple terms?
                Thanks
                I'm not trying to say it's too big of a machine for you or anything like that but I'm just curious as to why you need a TB 302 being a novice welder.

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