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If you weld or cut metal, you need consumable items...In addition to filler materials, the MIG nozzles, tips, TIG electrodes, cups, diffusers, shielding, plasma torch pieces and a host of other parts get consumed during normal welding and cutting processes. For years now, HTP America products have been prominent at the magazine's welding shop/studio. Fabricators rely upon HTP America welding and other equipment, and HTP America is also a surprisingly well-stocked source for consumables—and not just for the HTP America line of equipment. HTP America has expanded into quality consumables for many popular welders, including Miller, Century, Hobart and, yes, even Harbor Freight! This is our HTP Invertig 221 machine at the magazine's shop studio. The liquid cooled machine replaced a bulletproof HTP Invertig 201 that delivered exceptional service. If you need reliability and performance in an easy to use inverter TIG machine, the Invertig 221 unit with cooler option deserves your attention! Here are all of the details: http://www.4wdmechanix.com/moses-ludels-4wd-mechanix-magazine-htp-america-invertig-221-stick-tig-welder/. For consumables, we also turn to HTP America. These consumable service components for the 221 torch are readily available from HTP America! At top are the common Piecemaker (Miller and Hobart application) consumables that we have sourced from HTP America for years. Piecemaker parts are no longer readily available, and HTP America offers a retrofit kit (bottom photo) that uses a currently available and common nozzle. See the HTP America listings for your welder's needs! Consumers find the HTP America consumables and sizing "kits" especially useful and handy. These are well conceived and binned boxes with a commonly used array of pieces to service a particular machine. We rely on HTP America for our Hobart Beta-MIG 170 consumables, including the Piecemaker conversion kit that is now available. One-stop shopping at http://www.usaweld.com! The liquid cooled HTP America Invertig 201 (at left) was our first use of an HTP America TIG machine. This unit was bulletproof, and we replaced it with the equally reliable and compact Invertig 221 (at right). Considering TIG for the first time? Consider a used HTP America Invertig 201 machine in good condition or the latest line of new Invertig 221 machines. This user friendly, energy efficient design will deliver! Service parts are readily available from HTP America. Whether you have a newer or earlier HTP America machine or any other popular brand TIG, MIG or plasma cutter, parts are available from HTP America. If you weld and need consumable supplies and parts for your welding gun or torches, visit HTP America and check out the online or print catalogs. You'll be impressed! Go to: http://usaweld.com. Moses
If you need an overview of welding processes and tips on how to weld, there is already a good block of welding information and instructional material at the magazine website (www.4WDmechanix.com). I just dropped the word "welding" into the magazine's search box and the URLs below came up. Many weldors like the gas welding insights, gas welding is a great foundation for TIG and very useful for light gauge and smaller metal parts where a diffuse heat is advantageous. When time permits, I'd like to do an instructional/tutorial on each type of welding, and make the series available for Vimeo On Demand streaming library rentals. These links below are all free: HD Video: 2011 WFTW Trail Welding Repair In this segment, 4WD volunteer John Cox assists a fellow four-wheeler while on the 2011 WFTW Rubicon Super Event. Equipped with a Ready Welder, auto battery operated flux-core spool welder, John quickly performs a repair that will help the CJ Jeep get back to camp. www.4wdmechanix.com/HD-Video-2011-WFTW-Trail-Welding-Repair.html Gas Welding: Tip Sizes and Cutting Torch Settings These charts cover the gas settings and tip sizes for oxygen-acetylene welding, brazing, cutting and heating processes. Review these data recommendations before performing oxy-acetylene welding, cutting, brazing and heating chores. www.4wdmechanix.com/Gas-Welding-Tip-Sizes-and-Cutting-Torch-Settings.html How-to: Gas Welding Session Two Session Two of the gas welding series covers gas welding equipment set up and safety. Setting up the cylinders, regulators, hoses and gas welding torch gets the process started. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Session-Two.html How-to: Gas Welding Session Four 'How-to: Gas Welding Session Four' discusses turning on gas safely and setting pressures for gas welding. Learn to safely open the cylinder valves, set correct pressures and turn the system off. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Session-Four.html Gas Welding Metal Restoration Video Moses Ludel shares oxygen-acetylene gas welding techniques used in Jeep restoration work. See this slideshow presentation from the 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion. www.4wdmechanix.com/Gas-Welding-Metal-Restoration-Video.html How-to: Gas Welding Practice Exercises For each welding process, there are practice exercises that help improve your skills. In this section of the 'How-to: Welding Class', you will find practice steps for the gas welding material covered. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Practice-Exercises.html How-to: Gas Welding Session Five 'How-to: Gas Welding Session Five' discusses setting pressures, lighting the torch safely and beginning to gas welding. See how-to tack weld with oxygen-acetylene process. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Session-Five.html How-to: Gas Welding Session Six 'How-to: Gas Welding Session Six' discusses welding beads and filling metal with the gas welding process. In these two HD videos, see the how-to methods for controlling a liquid puddle and using the right filler metal material to run a bead. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Session-Six.html Video: TIG Repair of Large Iron Castings At the 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel presented details on TIG welding iron castings. In this video you will discover how GTAW-TIG process restored a large iron axle casting. www.4wdmechanix.com/Video-TIG-Repair-of-Large-Iron-Castings.html How-to: Gas Welding Session One Gas welding is the foundation for all other welding methods. In this opening session, Moses Ludel discusses the equipment needs for oxygen-acetylene welding, brazing and cutting. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Session-One.html How-to: Gas Welding Session Three 'How-to: Gas Welding Session Three' discusses the choice of gas welding tips, gas pressures and gauge metal thickness. Learn to save gas and select the right gas pressure and tip size for specific mild steel plate thicknesses. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Session-Three.html How-to: Completing the Gas Welding Exercise This HD video session completes the gas welded cube project. The demonstration shows the versatility of oxy-acetylene gas welding and its similarity to other welding processes. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Completing-the-Gas-Welding-Exercise.html How-to: Gas Welding Vertical & Overhead Beads This session includes HD video examples of running a gas welding bead. The demonstration of oxy-acetylene welding processes includes beads formed with and without filler material. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Vertical-&-Overhead-Beads.html Gear and Transmission Case Restoration Sometimes a gear or transmission case is damaged and obsolete. In this slideshow, Moses Ludel demonstrates how to TIG repair a gear and broken transmission case. www.4wdmechanix.com/Gear-and-Transmission-Case-Restoration.html How-to: Gas Welding Bead Formation This session includes HD video examples of running a gas welding bead. The demonstration of oxy-acetylene welding processes includes beads formed with and without filler material. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Welding-Bead-Formation.html How-to: Oxygen-Acetylene Gas Cutting Gas cutting is a traditional process for cutting carbon metals. Today, oxygen-acetylene cutting and plasma cutting are both popular. In this HD video segment, see how a gas cutting torch can quickly cut metal in a real world project. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Oxygen-Acetylene-Gas-Cutting.html How-to: Gas Weld Integrity Test This HD video session demonstrates the strength and integrity of the final welding project. The coupon cube gets tested on a 20-ton press to see how the welds react. www.4wdmechanix.com/How-to-Gas-Weld-Integrity-Test.html HTP Circle Cutting Attachment for Plasma Cutters HTP America offers affordable solutions for welding and plasma cutting. Cutting circles is always a challenge, and HTP America has simplified the process with a new, affordable accessory! www.4wdmechanix.com/HTP-Circle-Cutting-Attachment-for-Plasma-Cutters.html MIG Welding Project: Installing the Pivot King When our rugged, six-year-old tire carrier sagged, the Pivot King square tube pivot axle became the solution. Pivot King provides the optimal foundation for building a carrier from scratch, restoring an older carrier or upgrading your rectangular tubing spare carrier. This makes a practical MIG welding project, too! www.4wdmechanix.com/MIG-Welding-Project-Installing-the-Pivot-King.html Video Review: Cold Fire Extinguishers Four-wheeling, welding and shop environments require safety tools. High on the list is fire suppression equipment. Cold Fire is a new method of fire suppression. 4WD Mechanix Magazine reviews the new products and technology from Cold Fire. www.4wdmechanix.com/Video-Review-Cold-Fire-Extinguishers.html HD Videos: 2011 Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event The 2011 Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event was an exceptional outing. Three years into the program, the volunteers and vets had a great time on the trail and at camp. In this HD video series, Moses Ludel covers the event weekend. www.4wdmechanix.com/HD-Videos-2011-Wheelers-for-the-Wounded-Rubicon-Super-Event.html HTP America's MicroCut 600 plasma cutter is a workhorse. At 40 amps of power, you can cut up to ½” steel. Small size and just 22 pounds means you can take this powerhouse anywhere. With inverter technology, the MicroCut 600 only needs 30 amps of 220 volt power! www.4wdmechanix.com/HTP-America's-MicroCut-600-Plasma-Cutter.html Welding Safety and Protective Wear Welding is a vital part of 4WD and light truck repairs, upgrades and how-to projects. This HD video session discusses welding safety and protective gear. Make your welding a safe shop practice. Use the right protective gear to prevent burns, cuts and eye injuries. www.4wdmechanix.com/Welding-Safety-and-Protective-Wear.html If you put "HTP" into the search box at www.4WDmechanix.com, you'll discover some quality combination TIG/Stick welders and how they set up. They do make good machines... Let me know your interest level and thoughts around learning to weld by way of an HD video welding tutorial/instructional program. Would the "tuition" or cost of streaming video rentals be acceptable, assuming the cost reflects a quality training program and return on your investment? If these videos could be streamed and viewed on a big screen television would that be useful? What about an internet interactive classroom offering live student feedback and real time discussion? Welding is a hand-to-eye coordination industrial art. Many learn better from the visual and even auditory training level than by reading a textbook, although the science of metallurgy is very important and often covered in text. Each medium has its place. Moses
Welding can be a gratifying vocation or a hobby. Some weld for a living, day in and day out, and I taught adult education level students to value this trade for automotive body, chassis, structural, casting, maintenance and repair work careers. In this forum, the community of professionals and hobbyists can come together and discuss the various aspects of welding and brazing: stick (SMAW), oxy-acetylene (gas), MIG (wire feed or GMAW, solid wire and fluxcore), TIG (tungsten electrode or GTAW) and silver brazing (hard, higher temperature soldering with oxy-acetylene). Fusing metal properly is highly gratifying, the matching of a metal's base and filler materials, heating to the correct molten point, and building a strong, penetrating, properly shaped weld. In this forum, expect skilled welders to share insights with newcomers about welding processes, brazing rods and techniques plus other aspects of safe welding and welding equipment. 4WD Mechanix Magazine covers welding and metallurgy in articles and HD video how-to. I look forward to checking in at this forum!—Moses Ludel This is an oxy-acetylene exercise, welding a cube together with a variety of welding positions. Oxy-acetylene is the foundation for all other welding processes and very similar to TIG in principle. Each of these photos are from my welding tutorial classes and the welding related how-to available in my articles and HD videos at 4WD Mechanix Magazine and HD Video Network.