Weldonwelding, In my 29 years of welding I have never used a needle scaler, I've looked at them, Just never got off the cash for one, Do you use it for other things other than chipping slag.
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03-30-2013, 12:07 PM #21Senior Member
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03-30-2013, 12:44 PM #22Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
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03-30-2013, 01:05 PM #23
I bought mine at harbor freight. Got the mini and full size, I use the mini the most. It was about 30 bucks and I have went thru 2 of them in about 5 yrs. The name brands are around 150 bucks. I use them for rust, slag, chipping gouges, and paint. When I drag my leads out I also drag my air hose out, its just become a habit. If you try it I guarantee you will never use a chipping hammer again.... the one thing ya gotta be careful with is beating up the welds, you can make a fresh hot weld look pretty crappy if you use the scaler excessively
03-30-2013, 02:41 PM #24Senior Member
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I barely use a chipper because no one looks and I an a one pass kind of welder. A needle saler is a must have tool, I can live without a gouger. I had one, lost it in a fire, had to borrow one once and finally Rocky D and I each bought one from a classified on Hobart for some super cheap price, havnt used it.
I will agree it has its place in small sizes. If there was a market here its something I would have been interested in setting up, 600A arc gouger and big azz feeder, even in general work never use it though, so handy with a torch to do common demo work for the short time its not worth the extra equipment. Kind of stuff I do a feeder doesnt help, if I really want to get after it I will chuck in a big ole rod.
I am going to agree with owning a scaler, if you dont have it you needed one 30 yrs ago, is a must tool for rust, slag removal too. Portable Welder should own a couple. Easy.
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