|Not my first weld of the day.|
- This thing strikes an arc much easier than the old school transformer based welders I have used.
- I was using a lower current than the other machine that day (a 20? year old CIG)
- It was light and easy to move around.
- It was easy to remove the spend rod and put in a new one.
- The air coming out the fan at the back of the case never got hot despite being in the sun.
- I seemed to get the rod stuck to the workpiece more than I remember doing so in the past.
- The earth cable was so short that it barly reached straight up to the bench I was working on. I don't really like the idea of my welder being too close to my workpiece lest any spatter or slag get into it an short or something.
- Similarly the stinger was a little shorted than I would have liked. However if the earth lead was about the same length it wouldn't be as much of an issue.
- When breaking the arc off it lasts for a long time and often leaves a sooty residue before it quenches. A bit of a nit pick really because it comes of easily enough.
- The earth clamp feels a bit wussy and seemed to have twisted at some point through the day.
- When the rod sticks to the job there is no buzzing like a the transformer units do.
- Everyone commented on how quiet it was. The only noise that you could hear was the noise of the arc itself. This was in a reasonably quiet outdoors area.
These are in order so this first one was my first weld in quite a while.
I know some of these have a few issues but there is plenty of good weld to hold the expected loads.
If you have any questions, comments or tips on welding feel free to leave a comment.