Thanks guys, a far cry from when I stick welded the plates on in the late 70s, although nothing as big. We did get some good results though using Murex 4 mm plus rods. Barn building was big business in those days with all the grants.
Watched a guy mig weld a end plate on a massive RSJ which must have been 20 inches deep. Great thick cable to the torch, guess water cooled. At the other end I spied the machine..... Lorch! Material must have been 20mm thick. What volts, amps and wire diameter would of been used for this job...
Hi Agrosheild, liking the look of the PS25 . The others are all worthwhile candidates.
Reading the word POP as a company made the rivets for their guns, it stuck then as pop rivets, pop rivet gun. Bit like Hoover. The rivets are called blind rivets .. . Well what do you know.
If the oil hasn't leaked through the rubber filling bug in transit you may have a leak somewhere else, perhaps on the small high pressure jacking plunger. Having to put 300ml in.
Hydraulic circuits shouldn't loose oil, only if they leak.
I needed a new arc welder back last summer. Had only previously used stick throughout my life. I was very pleased with the Jasic 180 PFC I purchased. I built a log splitter with it using a lot of 8mm steel, it handled 3mm rods easily without having to max out the welder.
Having to fabricate...
I started using stick with a small inverter welding internal stable barriers etc. Having not used a mig welder in my life. I found stick time consuming, chipping slag off and varying quality welds, easier when the stick was half used. Now with the mig it's great so easy to control, quicker...
Preparation is key;
Decide what suits your ability. My advice.
Choose a comfortable height for the welding position. With the bars vertical
complete the weld performing 2 runs, 1 from each side, pushing or pulling.
Before starting do some dry runs of the torch angle and position, making sure...
A poor example of a Fobco Star purchased for £75 has been great fun transforming it into a nice example. Just over a £100 spent on second hand castings ( bottom cover, motor mount depth stop clamp). New chuck, quill bearings, drive belt, operating lever, electric flex and paint.