[TowerTalk] Tack welding rebar, need howto

Charlie Gallo Charlie at TheGallos.com
Fri Jan 3 14:50:58 EST 2014

Those 240v 225 amp century boxes are usually called "tombstones" and are a LOT better.  

That said, I have one of those 110/220 v buzzboxes (but mine is a 90 amp) sitting in the garage.  Usually run 3/32 rod with it, but have managed to run 1/8 7014, but that is really really pushing the box

But for cheap, light tacking of 'stuff', they work.

Next box (next time I need to do anything at all serious) will be one of the new inverter stick/tig boxes.  NOT cheap, but even lighter (if you don't carry the tanks).  I want one that does AC/DC and has HF start - want to be able to do Al.  Never run a TIG, but used to stick a LOT at one job.  Heavy HEAVY stuff, you know when you are running 3/16 7014, you're pushing amps (2-3 boxes of rods on a busy day)

On 1/3/2014 Grant Saviers wrote:

> Good point.  Gave away my 240v 80# 225a buzzbox, weighs more than the 
> entry MIGs, takes 240v 50a.   The HF 70a unit (120v?) is probably ok for
> rebar tacks with 1/16" rods, but I think wouldn't do 2" sch 40 corner 
> post braces or used drill pipe.  Can't beat buzzboxes for cheap.  Takes
> a bit more skill though, unless ugly is ok.

> Grant KZ1W

> On 1/3/2014 9:56 AM, Charlie Gallo wrote:
>> I'd say a stick welder is even lighter and easier. A small "buzzbox" stick is about 30 pounds, costs about 80 dollars, and your done

>> On 1/3/2014 Grant Saviers wrote:

>>> Flux core is the easiest, cheapest, and lightest way to weld in the
>>> field e.g. for fence posts in the pasture with a generator on the back
>>> of the ATV or Gator.  The entry MIG setups also don't have a regulator
>>> in the kit although the Miller and others have the shield gas plumbing
>>> and valve inside.



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