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    The possibility of theft is so easily overcome its not really an excuse.
    Weld up a steel box and bolt or chain or weld that to the old welder and store the inverter inside the box.
    I note you are not worried about the gas bottles.

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    Ah, the benefits of living in a big city. One day I should beef up my security, but no need to yet. The only strangers that come around this area are lost and more concerned with getting out of here. Funny things happen regarding GPS directions here. Pulled an Asian family out of a bog a couple of weeks ago. I thought they had gone off the road a bit too far and hit the soft stuff. No, they were following their GPS. They were about 1.5km down a pine track stuck in mud up to the axles. Their GPS directed them there, so they said.

    Our dogs would put most crooks off and a 223 Rem the rest. My step son had his place in Adelaide almost completely cleaned out. I was amazed at what they took. It was a good opportunity for him to change direction at low cost tho. He had a mountain bike worth several grand go missing. He was over riding it.

    I just don't understand why people think that residing in a location where your life and possessions are at constant risk is living. If I can't walk down the road in complete safety from lowlife's, I don't want to be there. It is just not worth it.

    My brother put up the required "neighbour friendly" fence a few years ago in Adelaide. I asked him if the term "neighbour friendly" meant that the neighbours could easily push the fence down to steal all his stuff? Where he is at the moment his neighbours are generally donkeys, dingos and the like in the APR lands.

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    ONE, Yeah its a tough life in a big city but 80% of my big family live here just its hard with the thiefs because even your mates turn on you when they can make a buck they'd make $400 off your $1200 welder so they often see it worth while over the friendship but that is life

    looking at making one of these http://www.rmcybernetics.com/project...oil_driver.htm and placing it on a old AC Arc welder

    I could weld the box as Bob suggest but i still reckon if someone is determined to take the welder they will

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza2009au View Post
    I could weld the box as Bob suggest but i still reckon if someone is determined to take the welder they will
    Just a suggestion, but is the casing of your present welder large enough to completely enclose a modern inverter welder?

    Perhaps you could hide a new welder inside the gutted old one, connect the outputs of the new welder to the inside of the terminal posts and your torch and earth leads etc to the outside of the old case.

    Then either add a heap of ballast to the old case to make it feel like a heavy old welder, or bolt it to the floor.

    It's a bit of stuffing around, but it might serve the purpose of deterring any would be thieves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonno_G View Post
    Just a suggestion, but is the casing of your present welder large enough to completely enclose a modern inverter welder?

    Perhaps you could hide a new welder inside the gutted old one, connect the outputs of the new welder to the inside of the terminal posts and your torch and earth leads etc to the outside of the old case.

    Then either add a heap of ballast to the old case to make it feel like a heavy old welder, or bolt it to the floor.

    It's a bit of stuffing around, but it might serve the purpose of deterring any would be thieves.

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    This old girl is going to get chucked out i'll salvage the torch, regulator and lengthy earth lead before i do

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza2009au View Post
    This old girl is going to get chucked out i'll salvage the torch, regulator and lengthy earth lead before i do
    Be sure to take whatever you don't want to your local scrap dealer. Heavy copper transformers can still get a few dollars - might go some way toward recouping what you've already spent on it.

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    Your right Jonno the machine weighs 97kg i would say there is at lease 65kg of copper in it i will call around see what people are paying for it, been looking to make a DC voltage HF tig box so salvaging the torch and earth lead will pay for the whole machine plus i can use the terminals off the machine for the tig box so not all is lost

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    Gazza, what are you doing mate?
    Just bite the bullet and buy an inverter Tig. They are so light and compact that you can sleep with it if you want to prevent theft.
    If you buy a half decent tig, you will actually have a machine that will work out of the box rather than stuffing around with half baked machines like you have for the last few years. You've spent a fortune and are no better off than when you startedapologies if I seem blunt, but it has to be said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl Robbers View Post
    Gazza, what are you doing mate?
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    You've spent a fortune and are no better off than when you startedapologies if I seem blunt, but it has to be said.
    Being an inveterate and persistent scrounger, and always hoping for "silk purse from sows ear" kind of person myself, I have some sympathy for Gazza but even I would have given up a lot earlier. Maybe it's because of my experience at the mens shed - when we picked up the old Transarc, I too was hoping for good things from it but it rapidly went nowhere even with two members who were very competent and serious welding inspector/instructors giving it their attention. Then things dragged n for months trying to sell it etc.

    It might have been somewhat different if it's function was not so electrically dependent and therefore potentially lethal.

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    I had it advertised for a couple hundred bucks and got a couple fish on the line but i decided to keep the welder because both parties wanted to test the welder and both didn't know how to weld so I'm not sure how that would have panned out upon inspection..

    i like to give everything a chance even this old welder but if i can sell it i will be happy to see it gone but if not i can toss it out, i removed the right side cover and noticed the hf is a separate unit with only a couple of wires powering it
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    the thing with modern technology is i don't have the patients to learn all the settings its far to complicated and a gas refill is $110 plus the electricity i waste learning... i need something very simple like the old Everlast 185 AC/DC tig i see they have removed it i liked that being it only had one of two settings now where a machine has multiple settings i easily get confused and frustrated and end up selling it

    there is a guy in the USA selling HF devices pre made 2 input power 2 output wires

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    "the thing with modern technology is i don't have the patients to learn all the settings"

    Gaz ya dont have to learn all the settings if you dont touch/need them, even my Everlast with all its bells n whistles(digital control)has easy to understand basic settings... push the select button for ac/dc current set the max amps and pre/post flow you need and off you go.
    And if you want to get more out of it(all digital control invertors are pretty much the same)just use the "next button" and it will take you through all the settings one by one... much simpler than most modern gadgets nowdays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry72 View Post
    "the thing with modern technology is i don't have the patients to learn all the settings"
    Gaz ya dont have to learn all the settings if you dont touch/need them, even my Everlast with all its bells n whistles(digital control)has easy to understand basic settings... push the select button for ac/dc current set the max amps and pre/post flow you need and off you go.
    And if you want to get more out of it(all digital control invertors are pretty much the same)just use the "next button" and it will take you through all the settings one by one... much simpler than most modern gadgets nowdays.
    My TIG welder came with a zillion bells and whistles settings but the most useful have been the 8 memories and pre-set memory settings for Ferrous and Al materials.

    I got a pro welder mate to come over and help me set up two of the 8 memories for SS and Al and when I eventually compared then with the presets they were almost identical. I've dabbled with the other settings when I had some spare time but nearly all my welding is done with the presets.

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