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    May 2013

    Default new guy... help me with my new, used equipment!!

    Hi all. Let me start by saying that I've been a hobby welder for the last 12 years. Getting my only formal training.from vo-ag class in high school. I work in the oil field full time and do maintenance on my dads semi trucks part time

    I've take every opportunity I can to weld any and everything. I do a lot of fab projects, truck repairs, some pipeline (at work), trailer repairs, I've totally dis-assembled semi trailers and put them back together, general welding repairs. Excavator bucket facing and repair

    I've always used someone else's equipment, mostly the company's I work for. I recently bought an older Hobart fabricator 300a power supply and a miller xr30 push/pull aluminum mig. I plan on getting more serious about fabbing for profit!

    Did I pick out some decent machines here?

    Can the Hobart be used as a stick welder when I'm not running the feeder?? It only has power to the front lugs when the mig trigger is pulled?!

    Aside from the awkward gun, will the xr make a decent steel wire feeder?

    What's a decent suitcase unit to add as a dedicated steel mig? Pwr source has a 6 pin connector!
    I also have a tombstone and a 110v Lincoln mig that I use for tinkering.

    School me on what I got fellas! Thanks in advance! Dan
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