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    Question EDW Cover Thickness?

    Does anyone have any idea how thick the protective sheet metal is on Bobcats and Trailblazers are? I'm thinking of replacing the existing sheet metal on my Champion 10,000 with stainless for better weather resistance.

    Clint Baxley
    Baxley Welding Service
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    That should be cool looking. The Bobcat sitting in the truck in front of me is about .063" or close to 1/16". I think I saw one brand had a satinless cover, maybe it was miller.
    Scott
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    Miller and Thermal have had stainless sheet metal kits for their units. Kinda sharp looking, but man, they were expensive.

    .063 would put it inbetween 14 and 16 gauge...seems a little heavy to me. I'll see what my old and new one have on them. If it is that heavy, it would be news to me. OK, now I am curious.
    Don


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    Got me thinking, Checked again, bobcat 225D its .063 and checked a Big Blue air pac and its about .068, of course that could be some paint too. Blue paint might be real thick
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    You guys ROCK! Thanks! That'll give me something to go on in terms of pricing the sheet. If I decide to do it, I'll be sure and post pics.
    ~Clint

    Clint Baxley
    Baxley Welding Service
    Rembert, SC 29128

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    Ok, now for more fun. My Bobcat 225G measured at .045, which would be 18 ga more or less and my TB 302 came out at .038 which would be just about 20 ga with paint. Does that muddy up the water enough for ya?
    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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    im thinking 18g

    all of the engine driven machines ive used have been in that range, from lincolns to millers
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    The new Lincoln engine drive welder is stainless. Looks really sharp!!
    I'm not late...
    I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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    I've seen it...it's one of the places that gave me the idea. I also saw some pictures of some Millers that either came that way or were modified for placement on offshore oil platforms.

    The back end of my Hobart is completely open (for circulation, I'm assuming) so once I close it in with Stainless, I'm going to have to install some type of forced-air fan for cooling and also tap a few dozen vent holes...if I knew how to stamp louvers into the steel, I'd go that route. As it is, I'll probably just use a bi-metal hole saw to cut about 25 or 30 1" holes on each side where it's currently open. I realize that all of this is going to void every warranty I ever thought about having with Hobart, but I think the long-term benefits will outweigh the loss of the warranty.....especially since one of my best friends can tear apart Kohler engines and put them back together in a matter of hours...

    Clint Baxley
    Baxley Welding Service
    Rembert, SC 29128

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    Default too much

    Well i thought i was going nuts so I went and measured for a third time. I checked 4 of them this time with a different set of calipers. Even the old AEAD is .064". I must be measuring something different than you guys. I'm measuring the cover over the generator, not the engine. Only one of ours, Big Blue Air Pac, has an engine cover. The rest are older and the engines are exposed. oh well, I think 18 ga would be great anyway. its even a digital caliper
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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