We're still working on the damage, but I have been doing a little welding at night. I have a picture, but first let me tell you about the hotstart.
I experimented with it a couple of times. I lowered the current to the point where I could hardly strike and hold an arc. Then I cranked in the hotstart. I could strike and hold everytime I tried, so I knew that it worked. I know it's not the best experiment but I wanted to try something that might show that it worked.
Fan on Demand - now this caused me some worry. I welded with it for about 15 min off and on at about 115 amps or so and it never came on. I tried again at 125 for about 15 min and nothing. I was getting worried. I felt the machine and it was only warm. I cranked it to 150 and I proceeded to write my name in a piece of plate about 20 times. All that did was set my glove on fire! I was about ready to give up on it when it finally came on for about 40 seconds and that was it. So that works.
Word of caution. Never hold your little pinky finger out like those high fallutin' people do when they drink tea. The first smoke I ever saw tig welding was from the tip of my glove. That got my attention. Good thing I have a short pinky finger!
Ok, now to the tig welds. It's nice and not as hard as I thought it would be but it's hard to make pretty and uniform welds, but I hope that will come with practice. This is a picture of three beads on some pitted steel, so it is not pretty but it will give you an idea of where I stand at this moment.
I'm still getting used to the accelerator....I mean the pedal! You also will learn to sharpen tungsten very quickly in the beginning. Once you touch the tungsten to the puddle or the rod, it all goes to **** in a handbag. And you have to resharpen it.
I think that the 1410 for the machine plus the Speedglass would be a good way to go. Then you could use your new machine and your wife's Speedglass to make a cart to your liking.
Take care, Russell. My tractor has a magneto and no computer! Easy to work on!
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