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Old 11-13-2011, 12:35 AM   #1
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Oxy-acetylene welding questions

I happen to have an oxy fuel welding setup that I haven't used for some time and was thinking of getting the bottles filled in order to get back into welding and to fullfill a couple projects. I have only welded a short while and that was back in highschool. A few question then for the pros.

Q1. Any idea what the charge would be to fill/swap oxy and acetylene tanks that are passed their certification date?

Q2. I was thinking of using my oxy fuel welding set to weld some total chaos spindle gussets onto the forged toyota spindles. Is this doable or a good idea? Bad idea? Explanation please..

I don't have access to anything but an oxy/fuel welding (my own set), and a Hobart mig welder (buddies). I'm under the impression that for forged steel penetration is the name of the game. Hopefully someone can clue me in before I make any mistakes I can't take back.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:45 AM   #2
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I'd really use tig for better penetration. As far as tanks, $30 but they will NOT refill expired tanks.
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Mig will prolly work but it spatters a bit.
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Yeah you're gonna have a tough time with those tanks. Also, gas welding sucks. It's doable but arc welding is preferable and easier IMO. You can pick up stick welders on CL for cheaper than you'd invest into a new oxy acet setup, and its easier. IMO.
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I wish I had a tig welder, though unfortunately I don't. You think a mig welder would have good enough penetration on forged spindles?

Also to what degree will oxy fuel welding weaken the steel? I've heard that it has a larger heat affected zone. Not sure just how much of a concern that should be for a project like mine. I'd hate to worse off than when I started by weakening the toyota steel.
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