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Old 03-24-2011, 08:37 AM   #1891
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You've got to run miles and miles and miles of wire before it wears out. If it feeds and welds, leave it alone...it ain't broke.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:50 AM   #1892
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Don't recall ever seeing one that "wore out". Usually they get kinked or plugged up. We would blow them out with compressed air every time we changed a spool of wire and replace them every 10 spools. Of course this was a dirty shop and we would go through 10 spools in a week.

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Old 03-24-2011, 02:50 PM   #1893
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I have some kind of wiper on the wire between the roll and the feeder. It keeps crap out of the liner. It works. Keep the liner as a spare, when you need you will know it.

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Old 03-24-2011, 03:30 PM   #1894
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Nomad Welding Table from Stronghand Tools

Got one of these? Pros and Cons? Flimsy?



From
http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/portable-welding-table.html



Factors to consider for alternatives:
A plate 24" x 48" x 1/4" is about 80 pounds.

http://store.cyberweld.com/webehabe300.html

Cyberweld also sells a connector plate


http://store.cyberweld.com/sthanowetaco.html

According to:
http://www.stronghandtools.com/pdf/welding_table_2007.pdf

TS3020

Table Height Range 26” - 32”, Tabletop Size 30” W x 20” L, Slots in Tabletop 1.1”
Table Positions Horizontal, 30, Folded, Weight 44 lbs, Load Capacity 350 lbs.



Review: http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles/ccrp_1105_nomad_economy_welding_table/index.html


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Old 03-24-2011, 03:51 PM   #1895
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I have some kind of wiper on the wire between the roll and the feeder. It keeps crap out of the liner. It works. Keep the liner as a spare, when you need you will know it. David :)
Somewhere I read that one can take a foam earplug, poke a hole in it and run the wire through it.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:51 PM   #1896
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Got one of these? Pros and Cons? Flimsy?


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I've used one extensively for going on two years. It works fine as a light duty table. It has its pluses and minuses. The pluses are its many features. The minuses are it is not robust enough for 'serious' welding projects.

I definitely got my payback on it for what it cost. It takes some time and money to make a really decent welding table in the footprint size of the Nomad. These units appear to be very user-friendly: http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...ns/arcstation/ Though they are a bit pricey.

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:54 AM   #1897
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How much money is the Miller Arcstation?

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I've used one extensively for going on two years. It works fine as a light duty table. It has its pluses and minuses. The pluses are its many features. The minuses are it is not robust enough for 'serious' welding projects.

I definitely got my payback on it for what it cost. It takes some time and money to make a really decent welding table in the footprint size of the Nomad. These units appear to be very user-friendly: http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...ns/arcstation/ Though they are a bit pricey. Carl
http://www.millerwelds.com/products/workstations/arcstation/#tabs-why-f-series

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Features
X-pattern tabletop on FX models makes clamping trouble-free.
1 1/2-in diameter steel tube frame offers stability and support.
Wheels and a handle make the 74-lb bench easy to transport.
Removable gun holder provides a convenient place to store your welding gun.
Weight capacity is 500 lb (227 kg).
30 x 30 inch work surface with 3/16-in X-pattern.

$235.00 at Cyberweld
http://store.cyberweld.com/miar30weta30.html

same price at Amazon by Cyberweld (free shipping)

Wondering how much it weighs? 74 lbs
http://www.millerwelds.com/products/workstations/arcstation/pdfs/arcstation_brochure.pdf

Rebate: http://www.millerwelds.com/arcstationcontest/pdfs/arcstation_rebate.pdf

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:12 AM   #1898
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Once again, the Nomad has some nice features for a small footprint table. Its main negative is being very light duty. It also has one major drawback as a TIG table in that its legs lower crossbar prevents the ability to have your foot pedal in a convenient spot.

The Miller arcstation 'F' series for a $100 in more in cost appears to be far more robust. The weight difference between the Nomad And Miller 'F' series table makes the Miller the clear winner in some aspects.

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Old 03-25-2011, 08:22 AM   #1899
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Since you have a welder why not make one?

The portable tables are nice but their payloads are not very good.

We use tables with a 1/4 inch thick flat top with female pipe nipples welded to the bottom so you can screw in threaded pipe legs. If you want you can thread pipe caps to the bottom of each pipe leg so they don't get mud and dirt in the hollows of the pipe.That way you can screw the four legs in and out for easy dissasembly and its still good for heavy weldments.

A very easy project.
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:02 AM   #1900
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Since you have a welder why not make one?

The portable tables are nice but their payloads are not very good.

We use tables with a 1/4 inch thick flat top with female pipe nipples welded to the bottom so you can screw in threaded pipe legs. If you want you can thread pipe caps to the bottom of each pipe leg so they don't get mud and dirt in the hollows of the pipe.That way you can screw the four legs in and out for easy dissasembly and its still good for heavy weldments.

A very easy project.
Just found this thread, cool, I'm about to finish welding school at Lanier Tech. I have a question, where's a good place to find a job around Atlanta in the next 3 or four months?

Oh, and I agree, those tables are nice, but we have welders, let's build one!
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:00 PM   #1901
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Just found this thread, cool, I'm about to finish welding school at Lanier Tech. I have a question, where's a good place to find a job around Atlanta in the next 3 or four months?
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/search/?areaID=14&subAreaID=&query=welder&catAbb=jjj

other lists in Georgia
http://geo.craigslist.org/iso/us/ga

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Old 03-26-2011, 08:02 PM   #1902
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:08 AM   #1903
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well...

...The small 'off-the-shelf' tables fit the ticket in many applications. As I clearly stated they are light-duty in certain applications. Some of them have features that are very convenient, and generally will not be in any 'custom' self-built unit.

Making a 'custom' can be very straight-forward at times. The issue is most likely you'll spend a very decent amount of time sourcing what you need to build it, and then time to complete it. Plus, unless you have a decent source for material it will cost a bundle for that monster steel top plate.

If you expect to to do some 'serious' welding/fabricating then a custom table might be the ticket. If you want to get up and going ASAP the 'off-the-shelf' tables can make that happen.

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Old 03-28-2011, 10:20 PM   #1904
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Ok

I have some experience in Acetylene torches as well as arc welding. I am curious as to what is the best all around form of welding for my small shop. I will be doing, motorcycles, tube fabrication, misc trailer fixes etc
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