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As some of you may know, I've been trying to teach myself how to weld competently. I had gotten to the stage where I could stick two pieces of metal together & actually have them stay with a good deal of stress on them, but dang, the welds were ugly! I could make things presentable with the grinder, but I also knew the "pretty" welds were stronger because they were done correctly. So anyway, last weekend I got a visit from a family friend who is a welder by profession & he spent a little time showing me how to do things the right way. Wow, what a difference a little instruction makes! Below are some of the things I made for the gt-2055. There's a drawbar/implement mount, a carryall with removable tailgate, and a weight box. The weight box was the toughest to make because I'd never welded the thinner stuff before. But my friend brought his nice Lincoln mig along with him, and it was a joy to work with. Hope you enjoy the pics...

Iron Metal Furniture Gas Steel


Iron Furniture Metal Mesh Table


Metal Gas


Machine Automotive tire Wheel Vehicle Metal


Automotive exterior Bumper


Steel Metal
 

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Looks good so far :fing32: It takes minutes to learn but a long time to master like so many other things. What welder are you using?
 

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Thanks guys! Im mainly using an ancient Miller Thunderbolt stick welder. I also have a Farmhand 110 wire feed, but it was so hard to use as it doesnt feed consistently. I built the weight box with my buddy's Lincoln 140 mig welder. The weight box is a little large at 12 x 9 x 6. Completely filled that would be over 250lbs of lead! The tractor would take it, but I couldnt lift it onto the hanger! So Im shooting for half full...
 

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Looking good. Like said welding really is an art and takes time to learn. Im still learning, and ive done quite a bit of welding. Keep up the good work!
 

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I'm in the same boat. Just wired garage for 220 and got a mig welder from HF.
The little welding I have done since is not pretty. But it was strong.

Some of the things I have been welding would probably be hard to weld for someone who knows what their doing.
Upside down,,,on rusty metal,,thin metal to heavy. I haven't had a decent thing to weld since I got this. But it sure is handy.

I'll learn one day. I need something like what you are doing. Until then I'll stock up on grinding disks. LOL
 

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if your welder isn't feeding consistently you may have the wrong size wire, rollers, you may need to tighten the rollers, or you may need to check the contact tip for splatter interference.
 

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Thanks Gearhead. I'm pretty sure the sleeve for the wire feed is kinked right where it leaves the machine. Thats one of this weeks projects. After using my friend's mig, Im in love with the wire welders! I'll try to get everything painted up this week too, & will post pics when done. Still have quite a bit of lead to separate & melt for the weight box too.

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