Aluminum Friday

WFM

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Generally I weld thousands of feet of stainless a year. Then somedays like last friday you switch to aluminum. First project was from a leaf driving tree hugger when wrecks his mountain bikes quite often brings them for repair. He always has the latest on global warming by the way. His time he told me after years of research hes figured out that "water vapor" is causing gobal warming. Not car/truck emissions. Large hydro flooded dams are causing water vapor and THAT is causing climate change.
Running a business you meet alot of folks.
The other friday project was a weeding cart for a lady who brought me a photo of one made from wood. It looks like a massage on wheels. You lay on it. Weed. Pull yourself along with your hands...a nice lady and no water vapor talk.
 

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D2Cat

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Maybe the water vapor guy could install some solar panels and small motor on the ladies weed cart!
 
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Yooper

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What’s your rig for welding aluminum? Just curious.

Saw some water coming out of the tailpipe on my truck. I might be the person responsible for climate change
 

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I would have told the tree hugger to come back when it was windy enough to run the welder on wind power.
 
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Freeheeler

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If he quit hugging them and steered AROUND the trees, his frame wouldn't need welding in the first place ;).
 
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Trapper Bob

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Generally I weld thousands of feet of stainless a year. Then somedays like last friday you switch to aluminum. First project was from a leaf driving tree hugger when wrecks his mountain bikes quite often brings them for repair. He always has the latest on global warming by the way. His time he told me after years of research hes figured out that "water vapor" is causing gobal warming. Not car/truck emissions. Large hydro flooded dams are causing water vapor and THAT is causing climate change.
Running a business you meet alot of folks.
The other friday project was a weeding cart for a lady who brought me a photo of one made from wood. It looks like a massage on wheels. You lay on it. Weed. Pull yourself along with your hands...a nice lady and no water vapor talk.
I like the cart. I’m afraid a nap would jump me before much weeding was done.
I too am curious about the Al welding process. I am learning the metal bonding processes. Al is next on my list. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

WFM

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The aluminum cart I used a Millermatic 210 with a spoolgun. .030 wire . It really penetrates and makes fabrication quick. 12 hrs start to finish to complete the cart.
The bike frame I used a Miller syncrowave 180 with foot peddle control. The bike tube is about 1/6" thick. Prep the broken joint, clean it grind off the powercoating, align the break, tack several places, alignment is good. Weld both outsides then both insides. Then the bracing.
Today's oddity thru the door was a 1996 window glass frame from a westen star truck. Customer said it fit like a glove. Hes no longer able to find parts to fit his log truck.
 

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dan_m

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The aluminum cart I used a Millermatic 210 with a spoolgun. .030 wire . It really penetrates and makes fabrication quick. 12 hrs start to finish to complete the cart.
The bike frame I used a Miller syncrowave 180 with foot peddle control. The bike tube is about 1/6" thick. Prep the broken joint, clean it grind off the powercoating, align the break, tack several places, alignment is good. Weld both outsides then both insides. Then the bracing.
Today's oddity thru the door was a 1996 window glass frame from a westen star truck. Customer said it fit like a glove. Hes no longer able to find parts to fit his log truck.
excellent work!

Glad to see hand crafted isn't dead.