Well I have always had to tig weld sitting down and being comfortable. Well yesterday during some ATV plowing I found out quickly welds break. I also noticed how poorly some welds are in mass production. So here are the before and after pictures... I want to hear the good the bad and ugly...

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...psca3d8467.jpg

As you can see by this picture the only good weld is the big one. The front one going up and down never made a weld. All they did is create a bead. The bigger one that goes across did make a good weld and actually broke the steel. You can see the back weld also only was good for a bead and didn't really get any penetration either.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...ps71459234.jpg

Here the front bead you can see never got any penetration at all.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...psdde8cd8e.jpg

Now here is the start of me welding. I was bent over in an awkward position I was never in before welding. That was bad enough but I was standing in such a way that it was hard enough to just stand there bent over doing something but I had actually had to lift my foot and run the pedal. I could've stick welded it but that won't teach me anything for running a tig welder.

This is my first weld...

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...psff95f39e.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...ps879f529f.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...ps1a7a5833.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...psc9dbc1c4.jpg

One thing is since I have welded it back together it is actually easier to mount it on the ATV now. So I guess it has been tweaked from the factory ever since I bought it. Though there welding in mass production sucks.