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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Lake Tahoe
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    Thumbs up Remote start oh yea :D

    Hello group,
    I spent the better part of 6 hours installing a universal remote start on my Vantage 400 last Saturday and have been using it this past week and boy I should have done this to all my weld rigs years ago. The installation was very straight forward. I only needed one relay and that was for the look out everyone I'm getting ready to start chirp horn. Any time you have self starting equipment you should really have a sticker posted on the equipment stating that this equipment remotely starts. It is also very important to be able to lock out the remote so while doing service on your equipment that it does not self start. So I saved 3 gallons of diesel this week doing the same work and saved several hundred feet of walking back and forth turning the rig off and on off and on. The Vantage burns just under 1 gallon of fuel for every 2 hours of use at about 60% welding and 40% at idle and 6 hours off the hour meter of the rig. I did not have to cut any factory wires but I did have to drill 2@1/4'' holes for the mounting bracket for the pc board. Works like a champ and my other rig buddies are in the process of talking about a change over or making it happen. It will remote start from 125' away. Total cost less labor 85.00 bucks. Oh yea, Don
    www.cvweld.com
    SA-250
    Vantage 400
    Millers 251'S
    Dodge Rig Trucks/ Usual shop equip.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Western, NY
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    What brand of remote start did you use. Sounds like a very good idea.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Lake Tahoe
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    The remote start is called ultra start. I got it on ebay. It came with two remotes and all the wiring. The welder works the exact same as if you flipped the toggle on switch and pushed the start button. You can set up the remote to extend the run time. I have the remote set for the maximum run time of 45 minutes. All you have to do to extend the run time is push the # button and it extends the time for another 15 minutes. I do think by adding another relay I can force the ignition to stay on indefinitely or until i push the stop button. I'm sure this setup is not for everyone but in my line of work I'm happy to shut down the rig for 10 minutes while doing layout. I'll post pics on my website if needed. Don
    www.cvweld.com
    SA-250
    Vantage 400
    Millers 251'S
    Dodge Rig Trucks/ Usual shop equip.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Greensburg, KS
    Posts
    8

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    Don I wish I had thought of that. would work well in cold weather when stick welding in shop with truck outside heavy sliding doors. good idea
    Bobcat 250
    Miller 625 Plasma
    Lincoln 130 Mig,Old but Use it everday

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Lake Tahoe
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    I didn't think of it. I think the group that designed and patented it did all the work. I just altered the way it was supose to work to my application. I do a lot of high dollar railing and custom metal hammering to some of theses fancy homes in Tahoe and most of the time I'm inside up a few flights of stairs and it makes it easy to just hit the button for on or off thats for sure. How come I don't just use the household current? Most of my heavy rolling equipment is 240v 3 phase.
    www.cvweld.com
    SA-250
    Vantage 400
    Millers 251'S
    Dodge Rig Trucks/ Usual shop equip.

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