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Shop Talk - tools, tricks, ideas

#22
I like the vice. I need to throw one together still. Just ordered a new voltage switch for my welder since someone sheered off the post on the old one a few years ago. Finally can weld smaller stuff when it comes in so should be back in the shop a decent bit.
 
#24
Putting gas on your welder Ron is night and day. I rented a bottle for awhile from oconee welding supply but ended up buying it and it wasn't bad at all, maybe 200-250 but since I'd rented it for 2 years at $50 it only cost $150.


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#25
Putting gas on your welder Ron is night and day. I rented a bottle for awhile from oconee welding supply but ended up buying it and it wasn't bad at all, maybe 200-250 but since I'd rented it for 2 years at $50 it only cost $150.


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I have thought about getting a bottle for it. I had it set up once but the regulator I have leaked somewhere and my bottle was empty in a few days. I said screw it after that. (There is also a 10lb spool of flux that needs burning) If I can find a cheap bottle I may set it back up.

Also I am about to pull out my 231 today and tear it apart to see what needs to be replaced. Reading somewhere someone said you need retaining ring pliers? Like this: 31eDjF1DfNL.jpg

Are they really necessary? I have spent the last 10 minutes trying to find a set and they cost around $50, then most places I check say there is no difference between "retaining ring" pliers and "snap ring" pliers.
 
#26
I have thought about getting a bottle for it. I had it set up once but the regulator I have leaked somewhere and my bottle was empty in a few days. I said screw it after that. (There is also a 10lb spool of flux that needs burning) If I can find a cheap bottle I may set it back up.

Also I am about to pull out my 231 today and tear it apart to see what needs to be replaced. Reading somewhere someone said you need retaining ring pliers? Like this: 31eDjF1DfNL.jpg

Are they really necessary? I have spent the last 10 minutes trying to find a set and they cost around $50, then most places I check say there is no difference between "retaining ring" pliers and "snap ring" pliers.
When I did the SYE swap on my 231 the biggest problem I had was getting the snap rings on and off. My light duty plyers were not up for the job. I had to modify a set of needle nose plyers I had to even have a chance to get the very stiff rings on and off. Other than that the job went pretty smooth.
 
#27
When I did the SYE swap on my 231 the biggest problem I had was getting the snap rings on and off. My light duty plyers were not up for the job. I had to modify a set of needle nose plyers I had to even have a chance to get the very stiff rings on and off. Other than that the job went pretty smooth.
Yeah I am thinking about getting a nice set. I have the cheap ones with interchangeable heads and they suck. I need to do a complete tear down of it and replace the chain seals and bearings. Anyone know if Advance has a bearing removal kit in their loaner tools?
 
#28
If you need to get a new regulator or flowmeter buy online as they're usually cheaper. I got a flowmeter awhile back from air gas in gville for the pricey sum of $175.

Look on eBay for a good brand of pliers used. You can usually find a really nice pair for the price of a crappy pair. I've bought sockets like that before, I've got $50 into a set of 1/2" shallow and deep sockets in every size you can think of made by SK tools. Pawn shops usually selling stuff for cheap.


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#29
OReilly Auto Parts has the retaining ring pliers and they are considerably cheaper than 50 dollars, and yes they make getting the retaining rings off a good bit easier.
 
#31
Been thinking about this thread lately.

I picked up this at Home Depot to run sanding disc on my 4" grinder. Makes metal finishing nice and sanding disc are cheaper then flap disc
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I've got a hood that uses 2" x 4 1/4" lens that I have a lot of fixed shade and 2 auto lens I throw in it that's nice and lightweight and the lens are cheap. When I'm welding in a tight spot like crammed under a car with your body wrapped around an axle and you don't have much room for a regular hood, I put a lens in a pair of cutting goggles. I'm not good with shutting the eyes and turning my head to tack or weld.
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#33
Ya I've got a speedglas that's my nice auto and it's like wearing a space helmet trying to get into tight places, has no flex at all with it. I need to grab another pair of goggles that has the flip down lens on it and I'll just leave a fixed shade in it. I've gotten into a lot of situations where the auto sensors will get blocked and it will flash you.




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#34
Both of those are awesome ideas Steve. I dropped a lot of money (for a college student) on flap discs over my 5 year stay. And I also bitched a bunch while wearing my speedglass under the Jeep.
 
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