Which gas/ deal?

  1. dkw1972 Member

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    So now i’m a mig owner again it’s time to sort out some gas. The last time I was welding I bought pub gas and spent a lot of time cleaning spatter so now I want to use argon mix.

    From what I have read Argoshield light is for up to 4mm but how far can you push that? As sometimes I will want to weld say 8mm.

    I have been looking at prices and spoke to York factors who quoted a 20l bottle for £207.22 of which £102 is a refundable deposit but they don’t offer a monthly rental option.

    I think the BOC Volkzone/Hobby deal is ideal for me but I can’t find any mention of it on their website and their price quoted for a Y size are much higher than I have seen people from here say they are paying so is it only available over the phone?
     
  2. rcx132

    rcx132 Philip

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    Last time I checked SGS still worked out cheapest for low volume use.
     
  3. optima21 Forum Supporter

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    if you're only doing 8mm occasionally and still have a rent free CO2 cylinder, use that for the thicker metal as it gives a hotter weld (or so Ive read). 8mm does sound to be pushing it for normal domestic machines though.
     
  4. dkw1972 Member

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    I think that’s who the York motor factors gas is from
     
  5. Hopefuldave Member

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    If you're using more than a size Y a year the BOC hobby deal works out a bit cheaper, I am cos I'm wasting a lot of gas learning...

    Dave H. (the other one)
     
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  6. dkw1972 Member

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    Do you know if you can only get the deal over the phone?
     
  7. T0rnado69

    T0rnado69 DIY nut !!

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    i use the universal, as now and then il be doing a bit of 6mm or 8mm
    i signed up online. had my account sorted and was down the local depot the same day to get my gas.
    very easy to do.
    this was july last year.
    year rental and gas fill was £100.20
     
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  8. Hopefuldave Member

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    As above, I did it online, went and picked up the next morning

    Dave H. (the other one)
     
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  9. dkw1972 Member

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    How thin have you managed to weld with the universal?
     
  10. T0rnado69

    T0rnado69 DIY nut !!

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    with thin stuff.
    2mm i normally do like 1/2" tack and move to another point
    to try to keep distortion to a minimum.
    dont really deal with much below 2mm.

    but if i do then i do same as above just shorter tacks.
    keeping the power at a level that doesn't blow holes and welds fine.

    i never tried light or heavy.

    went straight to universal back when i got my first mig, was what a neighbour was using and recommended.

    then i went to rent free for a while, but found their argon mix didn't have the 2% oxygen in the mix.

    which made for higher welds, decided to go back to BOC and swapped my rent free for pure argon for the tig.
     
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  11. Agautosport Member

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    Remember the final price for our gas and deposits rests with the distributor so it may be worth phoning round to see who does the best deal for our SGS Gases gas.
    Also remember you can get a £20.00 cashback from us on your first purchase of a 20 litre cylinder for being a forum member.

    Alan
    SGS Gases Ltd
     
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