Steel Thickness?

  1. Barry Hoys Member

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    Just wondering if someone can tell me what kind of steel thickness should my 180A mig be able to handle? Would 6mm mild flat bar be pushing it?

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  2. RWD3M

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    You'll get a more definitive answer I'm sure, but my 130A Cebora deals with 4mm without complaint.
     
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  3. GrahamGKD

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  4. hotponyshoes Member

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    That will do 6mm fine.
    Tecarc stuff always seems to deliver the power they claim.
    You might want to upgrade the torch to a mb25 if doing long runs at full power as you might be pushing a mb15 a little hard.
     
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  5. tom2207 Member

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    I was welding 5mm all day with a 180 oxford ,,, one click of power in reserve , but no problems at all , probably only running 10% on duty cycle though , a little more power in reserve would have been nice , but on short runs you should be grand.
    As mentioned ,, slightly larger torch if your doing longer runs may be nice.
     
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  6. Barry Hoys Member

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    Thanks everyone, very useful advice as usual
     
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  7. Davey223 Member

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  8. fizzy Forum Supporter

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    Very nice machine and British. 10mm no problem with that - more if you go slowly and bevel edges.
     
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  9. Morrisman

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    Shouldn't be a problem, 6mm, but I’m thinking you’ll need the 16 amp power supply rather than just normal 13 amp plug.

    Make sure you have nice clean ground steel to work with, and a good earth connection, it makes a big difference.

    I have been told my Rtech 180 will work almost to the limit on a 13 amp plug, but I fitted a 16 simply because I had the facilities to do so.
     
  10. Davey223 Member

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    I just bought it a couple of weeks never weld before maybe it's too big for me
     
  11. Matchless

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    only too big if it will not go down low enough for thin steel, can never have too much top end!
     
  12. fizzy Forum Supporter

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    Much better too big than too small.
    I could swap you of course :laughing:
     
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  13. tom2207 Member

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    When I was younger all I ever wanted was POWER ... more amps more power more more more

    Power is nothing without control .

    These days I tend to ask , how low can it go ,, strange how things change , or maybe Im just welding nicer things now rather than bigger things , But its still nice to have a bit in reserve for a bad day.
     
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  14. Davey223 Member

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    I don't know how low it can go
     
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  15. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    20 amps :thumbup:
     
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  16. slim_boy_fat

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    Beat me to it, Google tells us "From March 2017 The Migmaker 270-1 now comes with 20A min current. Weld everything from the thinnest car panel right up to general fabrication jobs."
     
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  17. Davey223 Member

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    Which one is which for the The amps voltage on my my welder the only disappointing ting about.the welder the manual that comes with it don't tell you much about the welder
     
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  18. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    Looks to me, left knob fine voltage adjustment, 2nd knob coarse voltage setting, so set it up on the second one & then fine trim on the other. Only a guess as I’ve never used one, but it make sense to me. The lack of information in the manual question, it’s a welder for professionals, the manufacturer would expect the operator to know how to set it up. It’s a lovely machine, I’m really jealous, you are going to learn on some seriously good kit.
     
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  19. Davey223 Member

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    I'm not professional but the little time I have spent with the machine it would have been a job that I would have liked to done my trade I'm a tower crane driver
     
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  20. tom2207 Member

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    tell me this then ,,,
    often ive wondered
    Why do tower crane drivers
    have to wear hard hats ?


    nothings going to fall on you , your on the controls and at the top of everything , and things seldom fall up hill.
     
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