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#16 Ethel

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:48 PM

I think the issue with the SIP is likely to be that it's too powerful on its lowest setting. You don't need much power for car panels, but if the welder can deliver more you should get more consistency and longer before it needs to cool down. Defo look at buying (not renting) a proper gas bottle - see Hobbyweld as above.



#17 charliefarlie37

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 07:52 PM

I have a sip welder and it's crap,was getting really inconsistent wire feed, really struggled with it.
Googled it ànd found it is a poor design of the wire feed wheel and pinch roller. had to make modifications to get it to feed properly.
once sorted it welded ok on thick steel 3-6mm but was useless on bodywork.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 09:58 PM

I use a millermatic 210 which is a small professional type welder. got to be the most useful little welder I've ever had. expensive new but look around and see whats available used. I'd go for a used profesional type machine over a new "hobby" machine every time.



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:58 PM

I've read lots of poor reviews of the sip migmate. My in law bought one and yep it was useless so I took it off him. I bought a new lance kit for it and using 0.8 wire I've never had any problems with it. Saying that, I haven't welded the mini with it yet but have done patches on other cars.

Edited by blueovalcraig, 08 August 2017 - 09:59 PM.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 10:48 PM

Plenty info on here http://www.mig-weldi...k/equipment.htm

I had a SIP migmate wire feed was awful so binned it and bought a Clarke 135 turbo with a machine mart vat free coupon.. 100 X better !
But I would like to get a portamig 165 as they 1) go down to 15 amps 2) are built in the U.K. 3) more industrial build.

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Edited by FlyingScot, 08 August 2017 - 10:53 PM.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:23 AM

R -Tech Mig inverter I purchased it last year and its a fantastic machine. and I weld for a living, great machine and takes up little space.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:05 PM

You weld for a living ? tell me, how do you butt weld 0.9mm body panels without blowing holes and getting good penetration ? 



#23 R1mini

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 01:34 PM

You weld for a living ? tell me, how do you butt weld 0.9mm body panels without blowing holes and getting good penetration ? 

 

Pulse will do it or if your really good weld quickly. in my time welding cars 30 plus years I can count on one hand the times I have blown through

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 01:49 PM

You weld for a living ? tell me, how do you butt weld 0.9mm body panels without blowing holes and getting good penetration ? 

Your answer is below, it is easy to do when pulse welding. Do not try to seam weld unless you are really experienced. Also place some flattened copper pipe behind where you are going to weld as this will help.

 

 

You weld for a living ? tell me, how do you butt weld 0.9mm body panels without blowing holes and getting good penetration ? 

 

Pulse will do it or if your really good weld quickly. in my time welding cars 30 plus years I can count on one hand the times I have blown through

 

David

 

 

Davids reply is spot on.



#25 pete l

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:02 PM

Thanks






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