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I Forge Iron


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    The Home Of Oldsmobile. (Lansing MI)
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    Repair and restoration of welding machinery. Forged metal art. Hard rock music.

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  1. I like it. Looks like a grapple hook to me. Maybe you can catch dragons with it?? Pretty Cool either way
  2. Looks great for a first time deal.
  3. Thinking of you Glenn. You guys got hammered down there.
  4. Yeah, we can shoot for July sometime, I'm taking my son to Cedar Point in a couple weeks. Hoping to have a little time for some of my own stuff then but money jobs always take priority. We will figure it out. I love your videos. They're great
  5. Yeah, this one is is sweet. Were gonna need to get together soon man. Great job!!
  6. Well, look at it like this Thomas.... When you do any HF TIG welding, you may be able to contact extraterrestrial beings from distant parts of the galaxy with that equipment..
  7. Don't forget that every diabolical super villain needs one of those big, black spinny chairs with remote control buttons on the arms
  8. Maybe the Viking is a Los Angeles Rams fan?? Super job on it!!!
  9. I have that book and it truly is an excellent resource. Weygers is (was?) darn near genius. If anything, it's a great read with lots of informative pictures.
  10. 7A749


    That's pretty sweet. I like the brass pieces.
  11. 7A749

    Show me your Lathe

    Just found this thread a little while ago... I have a Monarch Model 61 16" X 30" lathe. Have 12" & 10" three jaw chucks for it, Aloris CA tool-post and tools. Manufactured in 1954. I've had it like 12 or so years. I run it off a static phase converter and have had zero issues doing so. It's not perfect, but it's been a good machine for the general work I do.
  12. I haven't done anything with it as of yet. I think it may run a 2 X 60 belt, but I have to measure it. Dunno on the year either. I need to call Burr King about some stuff regarding it and I'll see if I can get a DOM on it when I do. A friend had it and it has been sitting out on his property for quite awhile. He buys and sells machinery too, but on a much bigger scale than me. I have another larger belt grinder I bought awhile back that I'm probably gonna get running first, since it needs less work than the Burr King does. The motor on the BK is an after the fact job and I can't seem to find any wiring schematics on or inside it as of yet and I'm pretty sure it was running on 460 when it was last operating. I'm sort of on the fence if I'm just gonna deal it to someone for what I got in it, I already have two working belt machines as of now and the Ryman I just bought is pretty good sized. I'm real limited on space, so something will have to go or at the very least get moved. If you have some current pics of yours, I would love to see them! Heres that Ryman I bought awhile back. I got it from HGR in Cleveland OH for $180. It runs strong and needs nothing more than a facelift and a reconfiguration to put it on a pedestal stand. The motor is three phase and will run off my rotary for the time being and eventually get a VFD for speed control when funds allow for it. Another reason I like it is because it has a secondary shaft to drive a flap wheel, or whatever else you wanna put on it. Glad you got yours going. Please post pics!
  13. Miller and the Hobart brand are both owned by ITW. When Hobart was acquired by them in the mid 90s, (not sure on an exact date IIRC anyways) ITW took the light industrial/homeowner part of the company and Thermal Dynamics, the heavy industrial part. This is why a number of offerings with both the Hobart and Thermal Dynamics branding looked identical. Sanrex manufactured the inverter machines for TD then and were the first to develop the waveshape technology currently offered by Miller and Lincoln on their flagship TIG inverter machines (soft square, adv square, triangle wave). The acquisition of Miller Electric by Illinois Tool Works was in 1994 IIRC. Contrary to what some believe, the Hobart brand of machines (manufactured by Miller Electric) are NOT exactly the same as their Miller counterparts. As was mentioned above, Hobart machines in such categories are built with lesser quality components, and often have reduced duty cycles and output ratings. This isn't to say that the Hobart line of machines are junk by a long shot. They are, however the "budget" line of machines offered by ITW, and are focused on the homeowner, hobbiest market. The Ironman MIG machines are quite well made and offer a lot of features for the money versus their Miller cousins which are much more expensive. Many of Millers and Hobarts offerings are assembled in Miller's Appleton, WI plant with globally sourced components. Since ITWs acquisition of Maxal filler metals an others, they are rebranding these products with the Hobart name as well, since it's a known and trusted brand in the welding industry. Of course, branding and marketing of such things is better left to another discussion. As far as welding the materials for the OPs project, the key factor will be the skill level the person putting it together possesses. If he is proficient with SMAW (stick welding) then, any old Lincoln AC tombstone with 7018 AC, or 6011/6013 electrodes will do the job fine. You can buy a used one just about anywhere, and often for $100 or less. There are many options as far as larger MIG machines go, and many different brands to chose from. My one piece of advice as someone who repairs welding machines and sells them for a living would be is to put your money in something with a good resale value, and a proven customer service network (if purchasing new). On the opposite end of the spectrum, some of the import offerings aren't a bad deal for what you spend, but at the same time keep in mind that with some of them, their warranty and post sale support may leave much to be desired. If you know that going in, it makes reaching a decision much easier. There are many options as far as a used purchase goes, but again, are probably better left for another discussion being the amount of factors involved. Good luck with your project. IMHO of course
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