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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-29-2000 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone used spot welders in their restorations?

I am looking at this one:


http://www.eastwoodco.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-29-2000 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I'll be able to tell you all about it-- I just ordered one.

Along with a Lincoln AC-100 Arc Welder, a stitch-welder and auto-dimming welding helmet.

I figured now that it's cold outside, it's a perfect time to start welding! LOL

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MLariviere
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posted 10-29-2000 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not to spend your money,Steve,but I'd think of getting the pneumatic hole punch to put the holes in the panels.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-30-2000 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I have one on the way, can anyone who has used a spot welder give me any pointers?

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CRB
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posted 10-30-2000 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CRB   Click Here to Email CRB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
does it have to connect to an arc welder or can it be connected to a mig welder (Im new to this stuff)

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-30-2000 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The one I ordered connect to an arc welder.

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John Mitzel
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posted 11-01-2000 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Mitzel   Click Here to Email John Mitzel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,
I got the same setup about two months ago - the AC-100, stitch welder and spot welder with auto-dimming helmet - great minds work alike! The welder is super - just remember it likes up to 7/32" rods - it won't do 1/8". The helmet is the best part of the package - it makes learning to weld so much easier. Haven't used the two attachments yet - let's keep each other posted!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-02-2000 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool! I got the delivery yesterday, but I haven't had time to even look at it yet.

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289u4ea
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posted 11-03-2000 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 289u4ea   Click Here to Email 289u4ea     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I am in the market for welders also, why a stick welder instead of a Mig? Eastwood also has the MIG pac 10 and 15 that can have Stitch weld capability

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-03-2000 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to try the $129 Arc welder. You can't go wrong for that price.

I was bummed today. I opened my Eastwood shipment and it was missing the spot welder and spot welding rods. They charged me for them, and they weren't marked as back ordered. I called and they said they must have forgotten them {?}, and are shipping them out Monday. Grrr

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posted 11-03-2000 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Diggedirt   Click Here to Email Diggedirt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,
You wouldn't believe the amount of items that get "left out" of shipments. I worked at a direct-ship warehouse for awhile and we would collect the "lost" items at the end of the day. Sometimes there were enough items from the packing area to fill one of our tubs(roughly the size of a large laundry basket)!
And this was a place that sold R/C cars and models(mostly small items). Q/C was done randomly so some packages did get through without an item or two.
As hard as it may seem to believe it happens ALOT!
Casualties of war, I guess.
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John Mitzel
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posted 11-06-2000 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Mitzel   Click Here to Email John Mitzel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most of my welding will be pretty crude - tractor frame, implements, etc. and for whatever light sheet metal/car welding/etc. the spot welding/stitch will probably work fine. The portability was also important to me for this welder - it can get carried easily to any 125V outlet. Plus as Steve said, for $129 you can't go wrong. For a first stab at welding, remember that the machine is only a small part - I consider the helmet to be the best part of the package I bought - I can't imagine trying to weld while holding a face shield!
As to Eastwood - great products, but what happened to Steve happens every time I order from them - they can't seem to get the order right, or forget to send something, or send damaged goods (knowingly!).

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289u4ea
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posted 11-22-2000 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 289u4ea   Click Here to Email 289u4ea     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,

Hows the welding going?

Does the new welder work as advertised??

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-22-2000 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Haven't had a chance to play too much with it. I hope to this weekend.

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289u4ea
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posted 01-12-2001 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 289u4ea   Click Here to Email 289u4ea     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some nice lady (my wife) bought me the AC100 with the spot and stitch for christmas. Since I have a pile of sheet metal from the Mustang, I have alot of stuff to practice on. I have been unable to achieve a good weld on sheet metal using either the stitch or just the welder. Either the weld is too cold or burns through!! After going through over 100 rods I give up. I am sending it back and upgrading to the Mig welder. I don't know if my 10 thumbs will do any better, but it is worth a try.

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mellowyellow
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posted 01-12-2001 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the same results several years ago. I was using it with a Lincoln AC/DC welder. It didn't work for me but a guy came over, looked at it, hooked it up, and used it with no trouble. It was the stitch welder by Eastwood, now that I remember. It looked like the spot welder. I had better luck with my mig welder. I believe a certified welder, like that guy was, could probably use it. IMHO {using the list, Steve,}they aren't worth a sh*t.

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