Welding Project and Tool Review

Yesterday the wife and I got away on my motorcycle. We had a small mechanical malfunction. The shifter broke at the pin that holds it to the floorboard bracket. We broke down in front of a auto body repair shop. The manager came out and introduced himself and informed me that he road with the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association). He let me go into there shop and help myself to the scrap bin. I put together enough pieces to get us home.

Now I am facing the $200.00 replacement of the parts or fix it myself. I bought a 80 Amp Inverter Arc Welder

and a 3 Piece Welder’s Leather Combo Set

Harbor Fright Specials. The arc welder for the price is impressive. The leather apron helped me not get burned. The gloves are nice as well. The big problem with the leather is it will stain you and your clothes yellow. The welder is very light duty but will handle most of the light repairs around my house. Plus it is 110 volts and very portable.

Now the bike repair.

Also I had to play around with the welder a bit. The one on the left was done at full power. The second one was at 50%. It came out much better.


I just purchased there auto adjusting helmet. I am impressed. It lists for $49.99 and I used a 20% off coupon. Nice deal. I went through about 30 sticks and had NO problems. My eyes are fine. Other helmets are $100.00 and up. For shop use I would recomend this product.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

10 Responses to Welding Project and Tool Review

  1. William says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever done much sit down welding.
    At API, we had to stand. My job was the seats to a deer stand called a Baby Grand. The outside rail and the slats were assembled in another area and delivered to my station. It has twenty three rungs. My job was to grab an assembly, slap it into the jig that lined all the rungs up square, and weld each end. Then I placed it in the carry away pile, grabbed the next, same thing. I done this all day. We had eight hours to meet a quaota. If the quota wasn’t met, you got wrote up. If you went way over the quota, the quota was raised at the next corporate meeting for you.

    I learned to weld though at U.S. Rubber Reclaining where I was an industrial mechanic for about five years. After I got good enough, I had the priviledge of welding teeth on bull gears. Now, a bull gear for a mill that was made in the 1940s is about seven foot tall and two foot thick. As the teeth wear down, and since parts hadn’t been made in decades, we had to weld the teeth up. This involved usually about three days of “building up” and grinding to get each tooth back to original condition. Make a pass, chip, make a pass, chip, make a pass, chip. Keep doing this until it is above where your template says it should be. Then grind it back to shape. After doing all this, it was sent out to some place that says they used an autoclave to heat treat it.

    • davidbardin says:

      William I know the quota game. You learn to move at the same speed.
      I worked for challenger electric and for 8 hours- four washers, four nuts, tighten, repeat. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
      Thank God they put me on a forklift. That kind of work in mind numbing. But I made good money. Deer stands have to support a human being. You want to do it right.

  2. davidbardin says:

    William its no problem. Now I have one. It took me a good 15 min. To get where I could strike an arc. Now when I first got hired at the company making hunting goods I made boat anchors. Melting lead ingots and pouring anchor forms. Not fun and hot. The welding was better because I was allowed to sit down.

  3. William says:

    I wish I knew you needed a welder. I’d have loaned you mine. I seldom use it and it would have given me an excuse to come to your place when I needed it. I got rid of my torches long time ago. It got to be too expensive to keep the oxygen and acetyline bottles filled.

    I passed the certified welders test at a local company long time ago. I learned the hard way. I was an industrial mechanic at a local plant some years back and wanted to learn in order to get a pay scale bump. The boss told me, “there’s the machine, there’s metal, there’s rods, burn em”. That’s how one learned a long time ago. The worst one can do is burn themselves, and as men, you get over that, even if it does leave a scar.

    It’s uncanny sometimes how your and I paths have been so similar through the years David. I done a short stint once throughn a layoff at my regular job at a place called API Outdoors. My job was to stand in a booth eight hours daily and weld deer stands with a tig welder. I hated that job though. Each person on the line was setup to weld the same component all day, over and over. It was mind numbing. You stood in the exact same spot, welding the exact same welds except for then exact same timed breaks, for eight hours a day, then went home.

  4. a better welder is on my short list Dave. Hopefully I won’t be welding anything on my bike right away, but its a good piece of equipment to have. I have an very old model of a HF mig that’s converted usinf flux core. Tips are hard to come by so I scrape by with home made pieces. I’ll be watching and hope to post something in the near future that’s somewhat similar.

  5. roger says:

    good fix david. I have a mig similar to this that I got at a good price long ago through educational classes that were offered through Ford. Like I said, long ago. They cut those programs long ago also. But it’s a very neat little welder for light repairs. I don’t know how to weld, but I wanted to get this incase of a lawn tractor repair, or anything metal that wasn’t too heavy. Most “bikers” have big hearts and are always ready to help. Glad you were able to fix it.

  6. davidbardin says:

    Randy I used to weld aluminum for a company that built duck blinds and deer stands. That was 20 plus years ago. When I was welding on the bike I had it a bit hot. It will come back to me.
    Just find someone with a welder and ask. I am sure they would be happy to give you a pointer or two.

  7. DIYaholic says:

    Looks like you’re getting into metal working, alittle ahead of schedule though. Have you welded before, or was this new to you?

    I want to learn how to weld, but my “Procrastination Syndrome” gets the better of me.

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