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Old February 13th, 2009, 07:49 PM   #1
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Default I need a spool gun..

ive got a Lincoln power mig 212.. awsome machine.. but i would like to be able to weld aluminum.. what spool gun do i need for my machine ?? i see nothing machine specific.. only looking to weld up to like 1/8" alum..
and then is it the same process as steel ??
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Old February 14th, 2009, 04:49 AM   #2
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I have a miller spoolmatic 30a that I never use now. No idea if it could be made to work or not. I can get a picture of the connections on it if you want.

It was pretty simple to use once it was all set up, we used it for 1/4" diamond plate.
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Old February 14th, 2009, 06:28 AM   #3
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no alum is alot more touchy the cleaner the better and ive never had good luck with spool gun. they always seem to jam break wire ect
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Old February 14th, 2009, 08:03 AM   #4
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youll need argon for sheilding rather than a Co2 mix.

aluminum is tricky as stated above. i use tig for that stuff, never used a spool so cant comment on that specifically.

let us know what you come up with.
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Old February 14th, 2009, 10:29 AM   #5
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spool guns suck get a tig
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Old February 15th, 2009, 05:31 PM   #6
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Here is what I use, it is the MagnumSG for the power mig 200. This model spool gun was replced by a newer one that should work with your 212. This one was $800 retail and the new are now half the cost. Contact MI Airgas and see what they have for your welder.

This spool gun works great from .125 all the way to .75 I run 030 for almost everything with this gun.

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Old February 15th, 2009, 05:36 PM   #7
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I used to use a miller spoolgun to weld new liners in gravel trains. it worked ok, but that was thicker material. for 1/8" aluminum tig will be your friend.
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I used to use a miller spool gun to repair aluminum forms for pouring concrete walls, it worked fine. Tig is better, but how much welding do you plan to do?
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Old February 16th, 2009, 11:50 PM   #9
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I used to use a miller spool gun to repair aluminum forms for pouring concrete walls, it worked fine. Tig is better, but how much welding do you plan to do?
after reading this and talking to a guy im working with who has done a shit load of welding.. ill prob jut have someone else weld these for me.. i have 2 peices of 1/8 alum. diamond plate i need butt welded..
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do you have one ?? wana weld something ?
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I've had great luck with my spool gun but I weld mostly cast aluminum.
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after reading this and talking to a guy im working with who has done a shit load of welding.. ill prob jut have someone else weld these for me.. i have 2 peices of 1/8 alum. diamond plate i need butt welded..
Yes, butt welded sheets I would tig
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