New toy

quattro

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#1
After a long while of thinking my welding skill was not very good, and thinking it was possibly made worse by having useless welding equipment, I have bought myself this -
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Bit of an outlay, but me and my son want to build a soap box racer, and my welder just isn't up to it. We built a small trolley to hold it and the gas bottle, and started practising.

After a few minutes, I managed the weld on the uppermost box section, then after a week of practise and soap box building, I decided to give the old welder a try. Ok, it's not feeding too well now but the results (on the lower one) were not much worse than when it was new :oops:

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We managed to knock this up so far. The blue drum fits over it to make a huge bottle of glue, to promote our retail range of adhesives.

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It just goes to show, you buy cheap, you get cheap.

Richard

I'm fairly certain that with this new toy, the jag diff would have been in and working ages ago :mad:
 
#2
My snap on mig welder that I bought in 1985 stop working in the last week. So I have bought a R tech 180 mig welder. R tech were a delight to deal with and it is like day and night compared to my old transformer welder and does not blow holes all the time.So now back on with project T Rex if I can get some more sheet steel.
 
#4
The basics honestly aren't all that hard! After that it's just many hours of practice to get better at it.

If you want to do it, just do it. My dad recently got a MIG welder and we have used it so many times already!
 

cobraboy

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#5
I have a very old Migatronic unit. I rarely use it but lately it has not been performing well, so I had a purge and went through the whole thing replacing one of the selector switches, replacing the fixed earth lead with a modern plug in one, bits for the torch, new tips and shrouds etc.
It now welds beautifully again. You can't beat old quality gear, I called Migatronic in Denmark not realising they had a UK operation and they were so helpful, and between Denmark and the UK got me sorted.
 

unstable load

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#6
My snap on mig welder that I bought in 1985 stop working in the last week. So I have bought a R tech 180 mig welder. R tech were a delight to deal with and it is like day and night compared to my old transformer welder and does not blow holes all the time.So now back on with project T Rex if I can get some more sheet steel.
Contact Snap-On, they may likely repair or replace it for you, depending on how it has been treated in the past.
 
#7
My friend who is a snap on rep when I asked the question about the warranty said hand tools are warranted for life against breakage only and not if they are worn out.
Electrical tools for 12 months ie mig welders and they only have to supply spare parts for 8 years.
Paul
 

harveyp6

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#8
When I worked in a Rover breakers/repairers tools were supplied, including a Snap-On phillips screwdriver, which used to last about a fortnight before it needed replacing, (which happened when the van came round), but often left us screwdriverless for a couple of days, which led me to buy a Stanley Phillips for the firm (having got one for myself years before) and that one lasted for the entire time I was there. I'm not over impressed with Snap-On stuff, particularly the tool boxes and cabinets. When I worked for myself we had a Cebora mig, and snap-on used to badge those up as their own.
 

unstable load

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#15
When I worked in a Rover breakers/repairers tools were supplied, including a Snap-On phillips screwdriver, which used to last about a fortnight before it needed replacing, (which happened when the van came round), but often left us screwdriverless for a couple of days, which led me to buy a Stanley Phillips for the firm (having got one for myself years before) and that one lasted for the entire time I was there. I'm not over impressed with Snap-On stuff, particularly the tool boxes and cabinets. When I worked for myself we had a Cebora mig, and snap-on used to badge those up as their own.
I must have close to 10 Snap-On PH2 screwdrivers at home...the company tosses them when the tips break, and I have asked the storeman to keep them for me. I give them to my mate who has a Snap-On van and he replaces the tips for me.

The toolboxes are poorly finished... they don't primer them and they use crap paint that sheets off if it gets a nick and moisture gets under the coating.
 
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ghce

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#16
When I worked in a Rover breakers/repairers tools were supplied, including a Snap-On phillips screwdriver, which used to last about a fortnight before it needed replacing, (which happened when the van came round), but often left us screwdriverless for a couple of days, which led me to buy a Stanley Phillips for the firm (having got one for myself years before) and that one lasted for the entire time I was there. I'm not over impressed with Snap-On stuff, particularly the tool boxes and cabinets. When I worked for myself we had a Cebora mig, and snap-on used to badge those up as their own.

Yes crap tools at extravagant prices but unfortunately there is now a generation of mechanics out there that have been brain washed as to their quality due to that van that just turns up like clock work to milk the suckers who know no better.


Graeme
 
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harveyp6

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#17
there is now a generation of mechanics out there that have been brain washed as to their quality due to that van that just turns up like clock work to milk the suckers who know no better.
A lot of that is because they can buy them now and pay for them at 2 pence a week for the next thousand years...
 
#18
Harvey sometimes comes across Snap-On tools in my stash which never fails to impress as he can demonstrate their inate fallibility to destruction. I've never bought one, they've simply materialised in my toolbox. Comes from being in a fairly automobile-involved family l suppose.
Saying that, l don't know where half the detritus inhabitanting my workshop came from. :hmm:
 
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