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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
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    Default Chrome vanadium tool repair

    Evening all,

    I just purchased a T-handle wrench that is too long. It is stamped chrome vanadium. Can I cut this down and weld it back together successfully? I have a 211 Autoset.

    Thanks all

    Sid

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
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    Simcoe Ontario
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    Default Chrome vanadium tool repair

    I have welded chrome vanadium tools back together with good results(so far). Used 90s tig wire. Preheated it to about 400. Welded it and then let it cool real slow. I just wrapped in a fire blanket to cool. The one thing I welded was a pry bar and she hasn't snapped yet.

  3. #3
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    Default Only TIG?

    I have only a Miller 211 Autoset MIG at my disposal.

    Can I accomplish this welding of vanadium with my MIG?

    Thanks

    Sid

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
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    Orange, TX
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    I've MIG'd and TIG'd chrome vanadium tools successfully many times for both repairs and modifications for specialty applications. You should be fine if your welding skills are adequate for the task at hand (no bird poop beads).

    A recent example (TIG'd):

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  5. #5
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    Dec 2011
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    Default Skills?

    Thank you sir for the reply. My skills are "beginnerish" at best I'd say. When putting the machine on Autoset, the beads are much better with definite decent penetration. When I venture off the autoset, I still struggle at times. can you recommend a wire and welder settings to try to start perhaps?

    Thank you again sir. By the way, all I am doing is cutting a T-handle down so it is not as long. grind the T handle off, cut the shaft down and then weld the T back on.

    Sid

  6. #6
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    May 2014
    Location
    Northern AZ
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    How thick is the shaft?

    I've made a lot of "special" tools and all I do is cut the shaft or wrench, then bevel the ends that you're welding together, tack it in a couple of places then weld it. When you're done grind it smooth so you don't cut yourself.

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