[*]Ready Welder II Tech Article by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com
Ready Welder II #10000-CS
By Bill "BillaVista" AnsellPhotography: Bill Ansell Copyright 2008 - Bill Ansell (click any pic to enlarge)
The Coolest Tool for All There aren't many products that are equally desirable whether you're a novice in a bone-stock 'wheeler or a hard-core rock racing pro with a six-figure buggy - but the Ready Welder II is just such a rare beast. It might just be the coolest tool ever - here's why:
History The founder of the Ready Welder company, a U.S. WWII veteran, originally conceptualized a portable welding machine for military use during his time as a battlefield surgeon. The idea lay dormant until, in the early 1990's, a man approached him with a design for a light-duty machine that used a drill to power the wire feed mechanism. The idea was good, but the execution required some perfecting as the original product was difficult to use and somewhat limited. From this original idea the first Ready Welder was developed in 1997. Despite significant improvements over the original idea, this first Ready Welder design did not meet the stringent and rigerous requirements of the U.S. military. After significant re-design and testing, the current product, the Ready Welder II, was born sometime in 2002. Due to its compact design and powerful capabilities it was quickly adopted for military service and today many U.S. military service Humvees and tank service vehicles are equipped with a RW-II!!
With that kind of pedigree, you'd think there would be a Ready Welder II in just about every offroad rig out there. Believe it or not, I think the reason there isn't is that the product is actually too good! WTF do I mean by that? In a nutshell, the claimed performance and specs for the Ready Welder II are so high, they're almost unbelievable. Until I got my hands on one, I, like most people, thought - "there must be a catch - how can something that small be so good? How can it possibly do all that?" After all - remember when Mom taught us that "If it seems too good to be true - it probably is"?