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Old 06-06-2007, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Synchrowave 200

Picking up a synchrowave 200 in a few weeks... anything y'all recommend with the initial purchase? I've done some TIG on steel, AL, stainlesss, TI...just bits at a time. I'm decent, but haven't done any tube work yet with it... I moved and can't MIG at my new house (Rent house) so I need a clean way to weld...plus I want to build a sick dash/console for my nissan, and motorcycle parts... ok, so recommendations??
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Depending on how high you plan on turning it up you might consider a water cooled torch and cooler.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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if you do alot of alu work defiantly get a weldcraft watercooled torch.
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get the hand controler with it. we just got the synchro 200 and it was the first time i used the hand controler. I thought it was alot easier than the foot control. its a great machine, enjoy
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks! I thought about the hand controller...seems like it would be easier when doing out of position welds...I don't plan on cranking it up a whole lot, 1/8" steel for the most part, and probably thinner AL for dashes etc.. I can't wait though, I want to weld clean
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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a bottle of argon, tungsten and filler material will get you welding. do you have the power to run it? i needed a 60a breaker for mine. anything less will trip on full power.

i think i am to the point that i want a water cooled torch. i have been messing with 3/16" and 1/4" aluminum and can see where that would be nice.
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X3 on the water cooled torch. I used a friends air cooled set up last year and that thing gets HOT! I was runing ~ 125 amps.

Keep in mind you will run more amps on Al. You can build your own whatr cooler as your first project. You really dont need a radiatior type, just a large enough volume of water and a pump. Here is a pic of my setup. It had a transmission cooler mounted to the back of the machine so that the air comeing from the welders fan would help cool it. I took the trans cooler off and replumbed everything. After some long welding sessions on hot days I can bairly feal the tank getting warm. And the torch never even gets warm. Soooo nice.
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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1) Smaller size 9 (or so) flex head torch for getting into tight spots or out of position welding.
2) Short back cap for each torch you end up getting so you can fit into REALLY tight spots.

I agree about the water cooled torch setup too. If your going to be buying a new torch, you might as well get a water cooled one and build a cooler.
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