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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby Critter350 on Tue, 26 Jun 2018 4:58 +0000

No frame on the front DB? Useful place to hang/ mount stuff?


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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby DeadlyBeast on Wed, 27 Jun 2018 5:56 +0000

Good point Crit
I want to keep the rear window clear so I can still see out the back and keep an eye on the dogs when they get chucked in there. That said I could still add a top rail and sides... will makes some additions to the SKU when I get back
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby DeadlyBeast on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 9:25 +0000

Aluminium tubing ordered
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby Critter350 on Wed, 01 Aug 2018 2:18 +0000

Sweet. Looking forward to this.


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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby DeadlyBeast on Sun, 02 Sep 2018 8:39 +0000

Months of planing and ordering parts, welder, consumables, etc
Despite the thousands of km to freight, the bar work arrived incredibly quick thanks to WA bending.
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Welder turned up quickly too
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Spool gun took a while to arrive
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Given remote location disposable gas cylinders seemed to be a good option...
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Here's the problem
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Took over 3 weeks to wait for the disposable gas bottle valve to arrive :x
Somehow have to get that gas flow gauge to fit on to the disposable gas bottle regulator and then get the supply hose into the welder. No adaptors supplied :?

I dont like my chances of getting adaptors any time soon
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DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby Critter350 on Tue, 04 Sep 2018 4:48 +0000

Nice to have new toys but only if you can play with them! How about a regulator like this: https://www.hampdon.com.au/disposable-g ... 2-bossweld

Good move with the pre bent pipe work, do you only need one of them?
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby DeadlyBeast on Tue, 04 Sep 2018 6:29 +0000

Yeah, I ordered one with the regulator gauge but ended up with this one without :x
It took weeks for it to arrive - customer support has been painful. Customer support is outsourced to another country and kept giving BS replies. Company wont be getting any rave review here
Have gone thru town looking for adaptors and the like. Think it will be easier just to order a new one.
Thanks for the link - have used Hampdons before and while not fast they send what you order

Very happy with the bar work though. Yep, had to get prebent - no one in town here had a mandrel for this.
A bit hard to see in the pics but theres two 50 x 5mm hoops
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby oggy on Tue, 04 Sep 2018 7:27 +0000

My next welder apparently doesnt need a spool gun. You can run the aluminum wire straight even though it has 5m hand piece ;)
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby fracturedranga on Tue, 04 Sep 2018 7:44 +0000

Is there a total tools or similar anywhere near you? You can buy bottles outright heaps cheaper than renting or using them little disposable ones, they don't last long. Shouldve got a tig and learnt that it's way more "fun" :lol:
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby Spitfia on Tue, 04 Sep 2018 8:31 +0000

Silver solder? when in doubt make your own!
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby banksy on Wed, 05 Sep 2018 3:43 +0000

fracturedranga wrote:Is there a total tools or similar anywhere near you? You can buy bottles outright heaps cheaper than renting or using them little disposable ones, they don't last long. Shouldve got a tig and learnt that it's way more "fun" :lol:


Bunnings, 200 bucks deposit keep as long as you need it.
About 100 for the gas.

Boc, has 108 bucks for d size bottle for a year with includes 1 refill.
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby DeadlyBeast on Wed, 05 Sep 2018 6:04 +0000

Nearest total tools or bunnings is nearly 1000km away :lol:
Freight costs are a killer unless can get 'free post Aus wide'. Even then theres often an additional charge for remote.
Got reasonable freight for 3 disposible bottles ... hindsight is a good thing ;)
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby banksy on Thu, 06 Sep 2018 2:07 +0000

DeadlyBeast wrote:Nearest total tools or bunnings is nearly 1000km away :lol:
Freight costs are a killer unless can get 'free post Aus wide'. Even then theres often an additional charge for remote.
Got reasonable freight for 3 disposible bottles ... hindsight is a good thing ;)


Weipa ?
If so i know a few trucks that go that way.
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby DeadlyBeast on Thu, 06 Sep 2018 4:58 +0000

Hey thanks banksy. Really appreciate that.
I'm heading to the big smoke in a few weeks so I can duck into a Bunnings and grab a D bottle then.
Wait a minute... Bunnings dont have any in stock :roll:
Will try Total tools and BOC

Hey Oggy - good luck with the 5m line. I have the option to swap mine out with teflon liner but unless you keep the line and hand piece straight was told to expect a lot of birds nests

Thanks for the suggestions guys
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DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby Critter350 on Mon, 10 Sep 2018 5:33 +0000

I worked at an ali ship yard for a bit (not as a welder) and most welders were not spool guns.
Teflon liners, u groove rollers and oversized tips. And good wire. https://www.platealloy.com/welders.htm


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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby DeadlyBeast on Tue, 11 Sep 2018 7:20 +0000

I wonder if they went for a 3in1 MiG/TIG/Stick inverter welder for $600 :lol: ;)
I spoke to a bloke who owned an aluminum boat fab factory - he said 80% of the guns used were spools as they saved time :?

If I was a professional I would have got a dedicated Ally TIG machine. The 185 is a jack of all trades, master of none so to speak. Chose a spool gun as I don't want to be frustrated with the learning curve and time wasted untangling. Fat lot of good that rational did - cant even get the argon from the bottle into the machine yet :lol: :lol:
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Re: DB's Cage Canopy Build

Postby fracturedranga on Tue, 11 Sep 2018 8:10 +0000

I got a tig welder as my mate had a MIG, it's taken me ages to get ok at it, but now it's easy. Gave my neighbour a go the other day who can mig and stick weld really well, he couldn't do it to save himself
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