Which Mig ? (14 replies)
As I understand from a publican, it is not easy to obtain a pub gas bottle for welding use, as there are tighter controls on the bottles nowadays.
I did however, find a local fire extinguisher company who are happy to sell a bottle of CO2, as used in FE systems. I bought a 10kg bottle (which is now mine, not rented) for Â£45 and they charge Â£6 to refill it.
I subsequently told (politely) BOC what they could do with their Argoshield bottle, when the Â£55 per year rental became due. 😀
I've used it with my Migatronic and it welds very well. It does have a CO2 setting on it as well as Argon, so I guess that might make a difference.
Not sure how long it will last but at Â£6 a fill, I will not complain too much. 🙂
I get my 15kg pub bottles filled here [URL]http://www.welduk.com/index.asp[/URL] about Â£15, he also sells the bottles, a bit out of the way but I take 5 up at a time which lasts me a good year unless I was to weld a pickup !!
[quote=Gray;93303]I get my 15kg pub bottles filled here [URL]http://www.welduk.com/index.asp[/URL] about Â£15, he also sells the bottles, a bit out of the way but I take 5 up at a time which lasts me a good year unless I was to weld a pickup !![/quote]
I would stay away from used migs. You never can tell how they were abused in the past like running it past its duty cycle and there are to many consumables that add up when you find you need replacements. Used migs can look like they were taken care of but if it was overheated by continual use or welding something to heavy it could suffer from the winding coils getting overheated. When this happens it would be difficult to weld with or maybe not at all. I use a Millermatic 220 with (carbon dioxide/argon) mix a heavy duty unit and still only has a duty cycle of 20%. 😮
Best luck Scott