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    Default Fowler Mainliner

    Hey, does anyone know anything about the Fowler Mainliner Machine and parts from Hybriweld? What I'm mostly interested in is the 7 range selector and the arc force control. Thanks, Jef

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    Tom's son post on the AWS forum in the SA-200 section all the time.

    http://www.aws.org/cgi-bin/mwf/board_show.pl?bid=44
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    Slightly Off Topic, but there are 2 sites now to research:

    http://www.fowlerenginesllc.com/

    http://hybriweld.com/?SID=78afcff145...cbda7d3dd5de11
    Later,
    Jason

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    I haven't read this thread (yet) but it may be of some interest to you.

    http://www.aws.org/cgi-bin/mwf/topic_show.pl?tid=20360
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    Thanks , guy's but I want to hear from guy's that know of or have used the Fowler Mainliner stuff. I talked to a fella in Arkansas who has the arc force and he said it completely changed the way his machine welded (for the better) Jef

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    It seems to me that I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Miller has already provided a product with what you are after. The PIPEPRO 304. I've been using one for 10 years now. Now why is it that all the Lincoln fans are trying to get their machines to be adjustable like the Miller machine? There is nothing wrong with a Lincoln machine, I like them myself. The Fowler Mainliner is probably a nice machine, haven't used one myself, but you have to wonder about the reason he has modified the Lincoln to weld like the Miller. (hint: It is to keep the Lincoln fans happy).

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    I know of guys that have to change gears in the process of going thru bead/hp/fill/cap with the 7 range selector machines.
    That would be a real pain in a tie in situation me thinks. Or in a pipe rack or anywhere not close.

    JTMcC
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    Quote Originally Posted by b-footn View Post
    It seems to me that I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Miller has already provided a product with what you are after. The PIPEPRO 304. I've been using one for 10 years now. Now why is it that all the Lincoln fans are trying to get their machines to be adjustable like the Miller machine? There is nothing wrong with a Lincoln machine, I like them myself. The Fowler Mainliner is probably a nice machine, haven't used one myself, but you have to wonder about the reason he has modified the Lincoln to weld like the Miller. (hint: It is to keep the Lincoln fans happy).
    I would like to point out that all the lincoln machines that have chopper, have an adjustable arcforce to. The lincoln vantages have been around for about ten years to. And the fowler mainliner is based on an old sa-200. What did miller have in 1946-2000 that could even compare to an sa-200? NOTHING! So if your going to compare, atleast compare apples to apples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sae350 View Post
    I would like to point out that all the lincoln machines that have chopper, have an adjustable arcforce to. The lincoln vantages have been around for about ten years to. And the fowler mainliner is based on an old sa-200. What did miller have in 1946-2000 that could even compare to an sa-200? NOTHING! So if your going to compare, atleast compare apples to apples.
    I ran an SA 200 for about 20 years. I'm old school, but I am still able to keep up with the current technology without blind worship of the old ways.

    (blue vs red is a never ending battle. I expect it in the field, but not on a MILLER based forum)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTMcC View Post
    I know of guys that have to change gears in the process of going thru bead/hp/fill/cap with the 7 range selector machines.
    That would be a real pain in a tie in situation me thinks. Or in a pipe rack or anywhere not close.

    JTMcC
    I had a welding partner in a fab yard with a Vantage machine. We would set up in the morning, and we used both machines interchangeably. It didn't really matter which machine or what size pipe, as both of our remotes could handle the difference without going back to the rig.

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