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#16 Ben_O

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Posted 22 May 2022 - 11:18 AM

Thats exactly what you are looking for with a satisfactory weld.

Looks good!

 

Thanks for sharing

Ben 



#17 Viktor

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Posted 22 May 2022 - 12:50 PM

Here are the results from the test Ben has suggested above.

0.8+0.8mm material

Machine set to 0.8 and middle timer setting.

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Peel test, smaller hole you see here is from timer set to lowest setting

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I had this in the vice on the bench and I could not get it to peel apart, used the vice grips and let them pivot against each other to get it to go.

Thanks Colin, that is really useful and reasuring!



#18 GraemeC

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Posted 25 May 2022 - 10:14 AM

Judging by the instructions the Vevor machine is potentially the same as a Sealey one (seeing as they refer you to a Sealey dealer for a full range of arms and electrodes!)



#19 DomCr250

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Posted 25 May 2022 - 02:28 PM

Had a non timed basic one for many years, one set of arms.  Got it off ebay 2nd hand (they come up on FB Marketplace too).

 

Great bit of kit but it needs a 16A supply.

 

When you put sills, an A panel or a front end on it's just so simple and the results look like factory - I've had MOT testers comment on the wing welds 'finally someone who's done it correctly' - 'not like the mini restoration company locally who send their cars to us with lumpy welds everywhere', which I was well chuffed about.

 

It's also a really usefully tool to have about for general repairs or fabbing stuff out of sheet metal, boxes, mowers getting broken - its endless and will save you £££'s in the long run.

 

But as has been said previously, spend time experimenting and keep the tips clean and correctly shaped.



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Posted 25 May 2022 - 08:59 PM

I had been keeping an eye out of FB marketplace and local advert sites for a few weeks, one literally came up for sale a few hours after I bought this one! Hopefully I can get a chance to use it soon, bit of prep work needed before I can try it on the inner wing, even if I only get 50:50 spots to plug welds its a lot less drilling and linishing off!




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