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So I've been welding...

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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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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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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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