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Old October 1st, 2009, 10:44 PM   #1
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Anyone try jumper cable welding on the trail?

I heard that you can put 2 batteries in series for 24V and stick weld using a set of jumper cables. Anyone try this in practice? Is it worth packing the equipment?
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Old October 1st, 2009, 10:50 PM   #2
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yep and you can control amperage by adding a battery if ya need more power it works for trail limp off but not a great weld as it doesnt dial in good unless your have the ideal rod to thickness of meterial to the amps the battery is putting out
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Old October 1st, 2009, 11:35 PM   #3
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yep and you can control amperage by adding a battery if ya need more power it works for trail limp off but not a great weld as it doesnt dial in good unless your have the ideal rod to thickness of meterial to the amps the battery is putting out
What rods would you suggest? Should I carry a few different sizes and adjust rods based on the battery output?
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Old October 12th, 2009, 08:35 AM   #4
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I was told 3 batteries not 2.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 01:11 AM   #5
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my buddy did that to weld the TRE into his track bar after it broke off. The weld held up beating on it the rest of the weekend.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 06:40 PM   #6
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I've done it in the garage as a test. I carry all the shit in my rig to link 3 batteries together. I keep 3/32 7018 and 6010 on board.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 06:42 PM   #7
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I have done it with two batteries and was surprised at how well it worked. However 3 batteries would be better. I used to carry welding rods around in my glove box.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 06:46 PM   #8
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I've heard of someone doing it with a coat hanger for a rod.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:22 PM   #9
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I have done it... it was back in 96 I believe, I used 3 batteries and then 2 to finish. I had fixed a buddies trailer it cracked in half behind the tool box. fully loade trailer with tools from the up to Pontiac no problems.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 12:14 PM   #10
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did it 4 times last year...2 batteries weld good. we did steering twice and a link bracket once, just to get out of the woods..the portable ready welder you have to use 2 batteries and that welds sweet. make sure you have 2 decent sets of jumper cables.i actually was amazed on how good it worked.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 08:35 AM   #11
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You you have the money, look into getting a Ready Welder 2. Its a battery powered mig welder. I have one for my TJ and it works awesome.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 08:55 AM   #12
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how much for a Ready Welder ?
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 07:38 AM   #13
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I have ready welder also and has saved me and many friends many times. Best tool in my Jeep.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 01:52 PM   #14
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how much for a Ready Welder ?
$117,645.88 http://www.waresdirect.com/products/...ackURL=froogle

I am going to buy 2 of em!

This place has them for $499...never seen one before but I might get one!
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 07:49 PM   #15
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I've done it in the garage with 1 and 2 batteries.

1 battery will work on sheetmetal with light rod but the welds look like shit.

2 batteries is better. I only welded up to about 1/8 inch steel with it, never tried it on anything thicker.

I've also tried coat hanger - it works, kinda, but it is sloppy.

Just for shits and giggles I also tried using coins, MacGuyver style. Pennies don't work, however nickles will on thin stuff but once again look like crap. Quarters didn't work and I didn't have any dimes to try at the time. I don't think dollar bills would work at all
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I've heard of someone doing it with a coat hanger.
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