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#123 - 02/24/10 01:53 AM Picked up a Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC welder Cheap
bearscamp Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
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Loc: Beecher Falls Vermont
I picked up a 3 year old Miller Thunderbolt Welder cheap, the guy only used 3 times, and it looked it, clean as a whistle. I changed the leads out on it from the 4 guage to 1 guage. I also made the stinger lead a 30 foot compared to the original 15 foot 4 guage lead. I kept the ground lead the same length at 10 feet. From Bearscamp


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#124 - 02/24/10 02:21 AM Re: Picked up a Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC welder Cheap [Re: bearscamp]
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Does it look like this one?
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#125 - 02/24/10 03:57 AM Re: Picked up a Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC welder Cheap [Re: admin]
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bearscamp sounds like a great buy. I was wondering what the reason for the big difference in lead length was.
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#127 - 02/24/10 09:47 AM Re: Picked up a Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC welder Cheap [Re: chrpmaster]
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Loc: Beecher Falls Vermont
I like having long leads so I dont have to move the welder around when working on a trailer. Its a newer machine than the one in the pic, I tried to upload a pic, but couldnt get it to work, thought thsi new site would be easy to load pics onto. I got the welder for a $100 and it identical to the new one that Miller sells now, http://www.millerwelds.com/products/stick/thunderbolt_xl_ac_dc/ I still got the old Lincoln Tombstone, but this gave me my DC cheap and hassle free. From Bearscamp


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#131 - 02/25/10 01:19 AM Re: Picked up a Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC welder Cheap [Re: bearscamp]
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Bearscamp sounds like you stole that one! Thanks for clearing up the lead differential. I kind a thought it had something to do with a large project. I am thinking of replacing my leads but I will probably keep a longer ground(20 - 25') along with a 30' stinger wire so I don't have to move the welder outside the shop to work outside.
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#132 - 02/25/10 03:23 AM Re: Picked up a Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC welder Cheap [Re: chrpmaster]
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Take that 4 guage and make some stingers about 6 to 8 foot long. Makes the wear and tear on you a lot less.
I forgot the tip.
I found out that "Hardy Backer" board used to put under tile and other stuff is great for protecting your concrete floor and driveway while cutting and welding. The stuff takes a lot of heat before it even starts to deteriorates. Thinking of making a welding table using this stuff instead of bricks.


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#133 - 02/25/10 04:52 AM Re: Picked up a Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC welder Cheap [Re: kcshawman]
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My garage floor is made of crushed gravel, I didnt want a concrete floor, so I dont worry about sparks. Best thing is I dont have to sweep either or use speedy dry, I just rake it once in a while. From Bearscamp
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