Well, I finally got to play with my new welding accessories and so far I’m impressed.
I didn’t have enough time to size any of the panels on Rocket, so I just played around with some scrap metal.
So far, the Spot Weld Gun is a “no-brainer.” I actually tried to burn a hole through both sheets of metal and I just couldn’t . With the amperage set right, a simple spot weld was just too easy to create. I’ll try it on the car next, but so far this looks like a tool that will get a lot of use.
The Stitch Welder is a little trickier. It’s a very cool device that seems to adjust the distance of the rod to the metal based on the strength of the arc. It’s a little like welding with a woodpecker but the results can be amazing. I generated a bead on my metal that looked much better than anything I’d done with my low end mig welder. And as an added benefit, I didn’t burn any holes through the metal.
That said, I still need to practice getting the arc started. Unfortunately I stick the rod to the metal too often and there isn’t an easy off switch for the wand. If you can’t pull the rod off in time, the rod turns to mush in no time flat as the entire length overheats.
One trick I am currently using is to use wire cutters to cut the rod in half. The shortened rod was easier to keep steady. Hopefully with practice, this won’t be necessary.
I’m finally off on holidays and most of my presents are wrapped, so I should have lots to post over the next two weeks.
If you haven’t noticed, the site’s photo gallery is toast. Some time while I wasn’t paying attention a glitch popped up in a small “Coppermine” file and my host provider can’t seem to find a replacement of the old version because the software was recently upgraded. As a result, the captions are toast, caput, gone. I think I may just use HTML from now on.
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