Picked up the new welder today. First up is getting the settings just right.
I fired it up and read the manual so I could get familiar with the machine. It is a transformer machine unlike my other (now broken) machine which was an inverter. The difference between the machines is rather noticeable and I spent the end of the day getting a few practice joints under my belt. Tomorrow I will run some more and then onto the many projects waiting for the new welder.
Here is the first joint with no pulser so it is literally just the machine turned on and set at 125amps:
I have lost a few days from my welder breaking.
I was allowing someone to use my welder and the result was 4 days in the repair shop and a phone call that it is VERY broken. The repair is not worth the risk IMO and I have decided to buy a new welder. Tomorrow I am going to pick up my new Syncrowave 200DX. It is bigger, heavier and louder than my old machine but according to the technician it is repairable unlike my inverter machine. Funny thing is they get rave reviews. I will never buy another inverter machine.
The queue is growing rapidly.
Not that you look but I have been changing the queue over the past few weeks. I tend to give about 2 weeks for each bike. I try really hard to keep on track but it is never guaranteed. The one thing I really want to offer is bikes for next cross season. That is almost over. I have one bike available that will be done by next September. After that it is well into cross season and I won't get it delivered.
What category does that fall into??
It is not a cross bike. Not a regular road bike. Not the best commuter. It is a bike that I personally would love to own and ride on many, many rides. It will be equip with BB7 road calipers and Panaracer Pasela 28c tires. A good combo for hitting those unpaved roads. Should be a really cool bike. Here it is in the fixture. Once the drop outs for the fork show up I will get that started.
Not all things framebuilding are glorious.
A good portion of the job requires abrasives and other jobs that make dirt, require a respirator and are just plan gross. This room has bench grinders, wire wheels, buffers, blast cabinet, abrasive chop saw, belt/disc sander and lastly (and possibly the hardest tool to keep in here) the angle grinder. I am giving this room a bit of a face lift because it is too nasty in there and needs more lighting.
This is not really a shameless self promotion. It is a plug for NAHBS.
This is the new poster for the 2010 NAHBS. I will give huge props to Chuck U. for the as always killer photography and Nick U. for the great design work. I am rather flattered that I was given the opportunity to work on this project and I hope people like the new poster.
If you did not notice I like machines. Here are some cool pictures of 2 of them in action helping make Les's 29R.
Les is a long time friend that moved away awhile ago. He only moved to Delaware but when he lived 2 blocks away it was much easier to hang out. He decided this year he wanted a new bike and I am psyched to be the person making it for him. I think he is going to love it. I know it will get ridden VERY often.