Today was a rain out day so I thought I'd do some plate compactor fabrication.
You know since I have to compact allot of dirt so I bought a plate compactor for $100.00 off Craig's list.
The next cheapest one was like $500.00 and looked like shit.
So I figure what the hell.
$100 Plate compactor
$12 carburetor throttle shaft
$200 shitty Lotos 3500 plasma cutter
$12 for PT-31 plasma cutter handle better quality and cheaper consumables.
Hell for almost $24 I got the handle and almost a lifetime supply of replacement tips.
I got a Stick welder 160 amp shit-box for $169.99.
I bought a new Lincoln Electrode holder $12 Copper terminal end for the welder lead cable to the Lincoln electrode holder.
Bottom plate is trash.
Old steal brittle 3/16
New steal 5/16 wear resistant steel cost $70 fr the plate and as luck would have it a perfect fit on one axis.
I cleaned this out with Muriatic acid, then neutralized with baking soda and lots of water.
This is when I found out the Lotos Plasma cutter tips are $37.99 for 5 sets. Are you fucking kidding me?
So I said fuck that I'll replace the handle.
So the PT-31 was the same range very popular and the replacement shit is dirt cheap.
I did the swap the plasma cutter is freaking way better I LOVE IT!
I thought I was the first one the do the swap, but I was NOT and a gentleman did it a year ago and people have still not caught on.
I give him full cudos and credit.
I did think of it independently.
I did make videos I will put up on youtube.
The plate fits perfectly from side to side.
I had to keep trimming a little from the front over and over.
It is very easy to take off, but can be a real bitch putting it back on.
So now I am using 7018 Rods at 130 amps.
1/8 inch Diameter.
Tack welding 180 degrees out to prevent warping.
I even welded to the stingers in the rear of the plate.