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Re: (ET) Elec-Trak Welder Worked Great
- Subject: Re: (ET) Elec-Trak Welder Worked Great
- From: David Tiefenbrunn <dtiefenbrunn snet net>
- Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 22:45:24 -0500 (EST)
- Sender: owner-elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu
At 09:56 PM 2/13/00 -0600, Jeff wrote:
>The only problem I encountered, due to my inexperience, was I popped the
>120 amp circuit breaker on the welder unit once. At the time, the unit
>was pretty warm from several sticks of welding and I was having trouble
>"striking" an arc.
I am not familiar with the Elec-Trac welder, but most non-industrial
welders are rated for something like 20% duty cycle. The welder I have is
good for 100 amps all day, so I only have to worry if I am doing big heavy
>The welder manual does mention the unit was intended
>for light repairs rather than production welding jobs.
That also makes sense, from the standpoint of battery life, as more, and
deeper cycles "wear out" the batteries faster. Once in a while, no big
deal...every day would be an expensive way to weld.
>I wish we would get a
>big New England snow fall so I could try out my Elec-Trak snow blower.
I have the 42" single stage blower. It works great. I have routinely
blown heavy slushy snow with it. The only trick is that you have to get
the right forward speed / width of "cut" combination to avoid overload or
plugging the chute.
Of course, it has no trouble with the dry powdery snow. While watching a
friend try it after a light (1") snow, I saw that the snow was actually
sucked into the auger before the blades had to touch it!
A friend has a very well done home made conversion / custom 2 stage blower,
but I have not seen it in action.
As a future project, I plan to build a switched mode (read efficient and
infinitely variable) throttle.
I have to check out the bucket loader recently mentioned on the list. I
have daydreamed about building a back hoe for mine, although most of the
things I need to do in my yard (as far as digging is concerned) require my
bigger diesel machine.
Dave Tief. N1WWY
Addie Tief. N1XQP
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