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    Attempting to build post hole auger stand

    Tired of breaking my back and inspired by other members, I'm working on a post hole digger stand. I used a rack off of my old Chevy for a start of stand. I ground as much paint and rust as I could where I needed to weld. I would like you more experienced welder to critique my welds. Please be gentle, like I said before, I'm still a practicing. I still need to build legs for the 3pt. Arms.
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    I see some good metal on that bicycle you could use.
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    Did the stand not collapse??

    Then the welds were GREAT!!

    My PHD is laying in the weeds,,,
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    Looking good Brian, your getting the hand of it!
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    Yup, looking good. You're already light years ahead of the Chinese welders and the beads you find on HF stuff.
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    Looks to me like those welds should hold easily with what you are asking from them. The penetration level looks right on cause the edge appears flat and the heat effected zone looks even as well. It looks like you should have cleaned the surface a bit better or might beed to add more flow to your shielding gas due to the pin holes (porosity) scattered about. An ever so slight breeze can also cause this so shut doors, turn off or redirect fans etc when striking an arc.

    On your vertical weld it looks like you stopped and started a bunch, maybe it was burning thru? Always travel down vertically. When going up, heat rises, increases a ton, and you'll rip right thru.

    The stand looks great though. Thats all I got.

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    On the next project,,, consider minimizing the inches of weld,,,

    Sometimes you only need one inch out of ten inches of joint,,,, sometimes three inches,,,, etc,,,

    Each inch of weld costs $$$,,, and each inch of weld costs thermal distortion...

    Plus,,,, with less weld,,, your expertootolage really starts to show!!

    (I got that word out of an Eddie Murphy movie,,,,)
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    Did you put them welds on with a sling-shot from 30 yards out?
    Just kiddin'........not so awful bad for someone just learning. It's an art, and not everyone can be a Rembrandt from right outta' the box.
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    Thanks for the input. For some reason, the wire is tangles on the spool. That caused some of the stopping and starting. I shut the door, but didn't think about the fan. I could have used less welds, but need the practice.

    About the spool of wire. Are some brands worse than others on the way they wrap the wire on the spool? I bought the wire from Indiana Oxygen. In the begining I thought the welder had a problem but just realized with this project that the wire is wrapped in a way that it gets caught and caused some pauses.
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    H130 FEL, 54" Front Blade modded to 70", "Priceless" Artillian 42" pallet forks.http://www.artillian.com/
    I-Match hitch, Ballast Box, Box Blade, Landscape Rake, Rear Blade
    Traded in: 1026R w/fel, 60" auto conn. deck. Great tractor. Will be missed.
    Sold to fil: 445 w/54" deck, snow blade/plow, 3pt. hitch
    Sold to father: JD stx38 Has outrun it's hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Berger View Post
    Did you put them welds on with a sling-shot from 30 yards out?
    That obvious is it.
    2014 John Deere 2032R
    H130 FEL, 54" Front Blade modded to 70", "Priceless" Artillian 42" pallet forks.http://www.artillian.com/
    I-Match hitch, Ballast Box, Box Blade, Landscape Rake, Rear Blade
    Traded in: 1026R w/fel, 60" auto conn. deck. Great tractor. Will be missed.
    Sold to fil: 445 w/54" deck, snow blade/plow, 3pt. hitch
    Sold to father: JD stx38 Has outrun it's hood.

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