I just scored a dream come true.
I am also kind of at a loss for words and am having trouble expressing my gratitude here because of the absolute generosity of someone whom I can’t name.
I can say he does read the blog once in a while but other than that I am not going to say anything else. He knows who he is.
This guy, he just made me one very happy old man.
As in Holy Shit!! kind of happy.
He just sold me this little cutie because he let me borrow it for a few minutes one day and I absolutely fell in love with it on the spot and couldn’t shut up about it.
He also has another one and says he really doesn’t need this one.
What the fuck am I rambling on about you ask?
He even threw in a big handful of welding rod.
I am beside myself here.
I have kind of wanted one of these little units ever since I laid eyes one one several years ago but about shit a ring around myself when I found out how much they cost.
When he let me use his I couldn’t believe how smooth it welded.
Smooth is the best word I can come up with to describe it.
No sticky rod when you strike an arc, no loud buzzing or spatter all over the place, it just kind of hissed and welded like a dream.
I was like, fuck me this thing is AWESOME!
I have a small wire feed that I bought about 3 years ago and can’t fucking use it because it trips regular household breakers as soon as you strike an arc with the wire. It needs a 30 amp, slow blow breaker. Everything in this joint is 15 Amp.
It was a relatively cheap unit at the time when it was new but it’s an older one now, that you can hook a bottle of gas to. Those, ain’t cheap anymore to go buy new. I had it checked out by a pro when I bought it and it worked great when we tested it, at work.
I have a bunch of shit around here that I need to weld up and the lack of something that will work on a 120 volt circuit without tripping the breaker has kept them all on the back burner.
This little jewel even has a sling on it so you can pack it around. It’s not much bigger than my lunch box.
That ain’t the half of it though.
It’s also 120/240 volt capable. An extremely versatile little unit.
He tells me that you can buy the accessories and TIG weld with this thing!!
It’s got a place to hook up gas and the whole 9 yards of electronic controls are built in.
I’m sure I’ll never get my grubbies on anything that fancy and that is perfectly fine by me, I just need something to throw some inch or two long beads on once in a while that doesn’t need a cart to hold it and a heavy duty circuit breaker.
This little Miller is far and away a fucking Cadillac when I was thinking all I was going to wind up with was a YUGO because that’s about all I could afford and make room for anyway.
Some $50 little buzz box that basically has jumper cables on it and would struggle to weld up a tin can.
I was seriously going to go get something like that last weekend but he had offered me this Miller contingent on something going in his favor so I put my wallet away and decided to wait and see if this came up instead.
Best damn decision I have made in a long time.
I already have a job for it just waiting for the weekend to get here again.
I’m going to the bank and get the money to pay him for this and ain’t saying a fucking thing to the wife about it.
What she don’t know don’t hurt me and this is some money that is for another purpose but is just sitting there for now anyway. I’ll stick it back in there here and there when I get it. There is no way I was passing up this deal, he is selling it to me for about 20% of what they cost new just because he is a hell of a nice guy and no, it ain’t hot either.