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    Default adding a solenoid to a CST280 for tig?

    Ive got a cst 280 with a wp26v torch setup and foot 14pin foot control. It works great for tig, but I see that there is a plug in the front of the welder that looks as though I could install the fitting and possilbly the solenoid for gas control. Anyone have any information on this, or now where to find it. I looked on the site and dont see any info or prices for the solenoid and what not. I would like the gas to work in conjuction with the foot control to save gas. any input would be very helpful. thanks
    Brandon "Oatmeal" Vernon
    Syner G Racing LLC
    owner/president., est. 2001

    V-FAB LLC
    est. 2006

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    has anyone installed any solenoids for any welder. If I have to i'll find something at one of suppliers and make something that'll work.
    Brandon "Oatmeal" Vernon
    Syner G Racing LLC
    owner/president., est. 2001

    V-FAB LLC
    est. 2006

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    Default Solenoid controls

    The solenoid controls would need to be wired between the foot/finger control and your CST280. I have a CST250 and have been thinking of installing a solenoid for the gas. Since I started using my Maxstar150 I have become a big fan of solenoid control. If you run across anything available on the market, let me know. I was planning on a crude copy of the circuitry in Miller's HF251 for solenoid control of coolant and shield gas.

    Good luck.
    Triggerman

    Ammonia refrigeration tech
    Trailblazer 302 (yes, it's new)
    Millermatic 180 w/Autoset
    CST-250
    HF-15 High frequency
    XR15 w/Push-Pull Gun
    Victor O/A, DeWalt, North mask


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    So did either of you guys get this figured out yet? Anybody else? I just purchased a used CST 280 and love it so far!!! I haven't set my tig torch up with it yet but will be soon, I'd sure like a gas valve!
    at home:
    2012 325 Trailblazer EFI with Excel power
    2007 302 Trailblazer with the Robin FOR SALE
    2008 Suitcase 12RC
    Spoolmatic 30A
    WC-24
    2009 Dynasty 200DX
    2000 XMT 304
    2008 Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52
    Sold:MM130XP
    Sold:MM 251
    Sold:CST 280

    at work:
    Invision 350MP
    Dynasty 350
    Millermatic 350P
    Retired:Shopmaster 300 with a HF-251

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    I installed a gas solenoid kit on my Miller XMT 350 CC/CV. The kit cost me less than $90 and the instructions included made the installation pretty simple. I would say that if a solenoid can be installed on your welder, Miller would list the kit as an option under the listing for your welder on their website.

    Good luck.
    Miller XMT-350 CC/CV
    Miller S-22A wirefeeder
    Bernard 400A "Q" gun
    Miller 30-A Spoolmatic w/WC-24
    CK 210 & WP-18 GTAW torches
    Hypertherm Powermax 30
    O/A Rig, Enco 4x6 bandsaw, etc.

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    Do you know the part# of that kit? I checked the accessories section on both the CST 280 and your 350 CC/CV and couldn't find the gas valve kit. I might be blind though, wouldn't be the first time!
    I'd like to find out more about the gas valve kit, if I get time later this week I'll try and talk to my LWS to see if they can help me.

    Any info appreciated.
    at home:
    2012 325 Trailblazer EFI with Excel power
    2007 302 Trailblazer with the Robin FOR SALE
    2008 Suitcase 12RC
    Spoolmatic 30A
    WC-24
    2009 Dynasty 200DX
    2000 XMT 304
    2008 Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52
    Sold:MM130XP
    Sold:MM 251
    Sold:CST 280

    at work:
    Invision 350MP
    Dynasty 350
    Millermatic 350P
    Retired:Shopmaster 300 with a HF-251

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