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    Very first attempt at Mig welding : A T allen Key

    Hi,
    I have just purchased a new MIG (no gas) welder, and I have just tried it for the very first time.

    And with my first two centimeters of MIG welded joint, I made a new tool :

    I just took a couple of these redundant Allen keys often delivered with various purchased things to be mounted by the user, and welded them together in a T shape. I then cut the upper one, at the elbow.
    Here it is, a strong T handle, keeping the possibility to use the three hex tips !



    I've never been a good welder, I used to "arc" weld with an inverter, but for a first attempt, that's not so bad.
    I think it is here that I saw for the first time someone using a MIG welder and It seemed so easy that I wanted to try.
    I ended up finding this no gas setup which works pretty well for a small use like what I need.
    The advantages are really numerous :
    - Much easier to weld than arc welding
    - Joint much more clean
    - More ready to use
    - Setup quick and easy (for that model)

    So, I 'm quite happy with this new welder, so far ...

    Here is the welder :
    GYS SmartMig 110 (No Gas, welds steel only)


    Could anyone tell me why it says only steel on the pack ? The wire is 0.9, why could'nt I weld, even with a reduced capacity some stainless steel or aluminium ?
    Can I also weld cast-iron with it ?

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    Christophe
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    Thanks Christophe! I've added your T-Handle Allen Wrench to our Welding category, as well as to your builder page: Christophe Mineau's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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    Good job on that T-handled hex key, Christophe. With your creativity, I look forward to what you're going to do with your new toy.

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    From luthiery to metalworking, please send some of your talent my way Christophe.

    Al

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    well done , on your first time , as for alloy you need an AC welder ...you have a DC welder , also you need a shielding gas of argon for alloy , ...
    cheers

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    Thanks stumpy,
    And for stainless steel, is it the same as for alloy ?
    Thanks for the piece of advice.
    Christophe


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