Pros and cons of multi function welders

Today we sold out of our Multi Function welder, the ACDC Tig plasma called “Alusync”….again :).

A quality product with 5 year warranty backed by competent staff will always be in demand!

I am taking a moment to address one of the most common questions asked by customers about these types of welding machines. It is a question of reliability of multi process machines compared to typical ACDC machines without the plasma component. It seems there are a lot of tech jockeys out there who are experts in how these products work and their consensus is that they are no good, best avoided. The freedoms gained with the internet allows these non pier reviewed comments to take hold however in contrast our own expert and experienced voice is here to equally counter them, and conditionally neutralise them.

Cheap Welders Are Crap
If a person, lets call him “BARRY”, is going to buy a multi process ACDC tig plasma welding machine on ebay for under $600 I can guarantee it will most likely break. It will most likely break quickly and it will most likely break very loudly whilst simultaneously emitting lots of acrid black smoke. The first thing Barry will do is try to contact the seller. “OMG, my welder blew up, fix it quick”. At this point Barry realises that he only has an email address. In a panic Barry checks all his emails from ebay and paypal and cannot find a phone number nor physical store front….just the email addy that does not respond to his panicked cries of despair.

Then Barry has a rant on multiple forums and musters support, the consensus by the angry yet supportive mob is that multi process welders are crap. That’s it, no consideration for the circumstances and no thought to the fact that Barry did nothing more than the expensive equivalent of buying a $2 watch from the local discount store.

A tightwad pays twice
My mate Stewy at Titan Machinery (titanmachinery.com.au) often talks of tightwads that end up paying twice due to their frugal nature. I got to thinking about that and how the whole world of ebay affects my passionate area of interest, quality welding equipment.

Do it once, do it right, weld and cut in confidence
Tokentools welding products enjoy a pretty good reputation and it can be fully attributed to the staff and management. Of course the 5 year warranty gives confidence to new customers but the real back story is that the staff and management respond quickly and with concern to any issues that are raised. During the GFC we had a choice to go cheaper or go better and we chose to go better. We chose to pay more for better parts, thicker copper tracks, larger heat sinks, bigger fans, better torches. We invested in more R&D and now 6 years on can see the difference in the market. We are driven by quality and reliability. On the flip side ebay forces sellers to cut costs, compete with each other at unsustainable prices and offer crap to a marketplace full of consumers, like Barry that will most likely do nothing when their investment goes up in smoke.

Ok, I got a bit sidetracked and had a rant.

Multi Process Welders Pros and Cons

Multi Process Welders Pros and Cons

The Cons with multi-process welders are as follows. The market is unregulated, a lack of compliance allows for inferior poor quality and dangerous imports to be sold in *firewalled market places. *Firewalled Marketplace means a non transparent marketplace like ebay where the true identity of the seller is hidden from the buyer.

Conditionally as stated in Parra 3
The pros with multi-process welders are as follows, one machine, many tools and processes, save money. We offer a 5 year warranty on both types of machines whether they have plasma or not. We have not found any increased risk in all the years of selling them, if you pay for quality then it will last, that is the condition.

Cheers
Pete

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Best Suited Tig Welders For Welding Aluminium

Customers often call to find out what is the best suited welders for aluminium welding of components together and the answer is an Inverter AC DC tig welding machine. During the GTAW process the polarity of the arc changes and is either removing aluminium oxide from the surface or adding heat to the weld pool. The AC tig welding process is best for aluminium welders and is only slightly pipped by hybrid wave processes that include a DC component.

ACDC Tig welders are best suited for welding aluminium

ACDC Tig welders are best suited for welding aluminium

Hybrid wave welding equipment injects a small DC interlude between the AC welding cycle. When welding aluminium the AC arc is balanced between cleaning and penetrating with the percentages varying based on the operator’s choice. The DC component is 100% penetrating so the overall effect to the aluminium tig welding process is an additional heat input resulting in deeper penetration. The use of inverter welders makes this complicated process much simpler.

Suitability and tig welder choice are always best discussed with our expert staff. The choice you make will everlast and it must be correct. The sales team at Tokentools welding equipment supplies is always willing to assist our customers on making the right choice. Call us on 1300 881 991 today.

#tokentools #bestwelders #aluminiumwelders

Kidney Kar Rally 2014 Day 1 – Tokentools Sponsorship Kar333

A quick update that the Kidney Kar Rally for 2014 is underway and your help is still needed. Please spare a few bucks and support Ted and his team in #Kar333. Please follow this link to the donation page.

Kar333 Kidney Kar Rally

Kar333 Kidney Kar Rally, look at the awesome #Tokentools stickers

Day 1,

Four testing rally stages for the first day of this years kidney kar rally,made up of one class 3 stage and 3 class 4 stages, but mostly on good conditioned roads lunch today was at the araluen valley hotel where the staff were very excited about us coming

Distances gundagai to michlago 202.00 kms
Michelago to merimbula 350.00kms

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Metalmaster Multi-Process Digital AC DC Tig Welder Plasma Cutter – New From Tokentools

When Tokentools started manufacturing R-Spec welders more than a decade ago we could not have predicted the huge customer base and product variety that would be around in 2014. It has been a wonderful journey and tonight heralds the launch of our latest digital offering.

metalmaster 215 elite multi-process welder plasma cutter

metalmaster 215 elite multi-process welder plasma cutter

Built on the same modern platform as our Metalmaster 210 Pro ACDC welder, this new model features all of the same features as the former with the added benefit of a 50 amp pilot arc plasma cutter.

The Metalmaster 215 Elite Digital is a multi-process ACDC Tig welder & plasma cutter boasting an arsenal of features administered by a clever digital control interface. This industry leading welding machine features controls found in expensive European welders such as high frequency start, up and down slope, pre and post gas flow, start and finish currents, Multiple AC waveforms, AC + DC Hybrid wave, adjustable AC frequency with balance adjustment, adjustable pulse current, pulse duty and pulse frequency, repeat (latch) function and MMA VRD welding and plasma cutting. Power factor correction is fitted as standard ensuring mnimal power line disturbance when runni9ng at full welding power. We believe the Metalmaster 215 Elite Digital is the ultimate welding power source unit designed for precision AC DC TIG / MMAW welding of all weldable materials and plasma cutting with the included pilot arc feature set. Why spend $1000s more on a European brand when you can achieve the same result with our proven technology backed by an industry leading 5 year Australian warranty.

The features in more detail:

Plasma Cutting - A 50 amp plasma cutter is built in and a pilot arc system is standard. Ideal for future CNC coupling to a table of your choice. Easily slice through 16mm in mild steel plate or sever up to 20mm. Our inexpensive replacement consumables will save you many thousands of dollars when comparing running costs to all other competitors in Australia.

AC Wave Manipulation - This unit is capable of providing a square wave, soft square wave, sine wave, trapezoidal wave for welding of aluminium.

AC + DC Hybrid Wave - Whilst pulse Tig welding the welding power source can supply the operator with AC during the pulse cycle and DC during the base cycle. This Hybrid wave allows for welding very thin aluminium at the minimum settings or much thicker aluminium at the upper settings. DC injection during an AC welding cycle increases heat input dramatically.

Huge AC & DC Pulse Frequencies - Our 32 Bit Microprocessor design allows for 0.1 to 250 Hz Pulses in AC and 0.1 to 500Hz pulses in DC.

Enhanced MMA Welding - Now featuring MMA with VRD on or VRD off, Hot Start amps, Hot Start timer and Arc force, weld like a pro in MMA.

FOD (Fan on Demand) - The fan runs as required. Once the welding stops, the fan timer spools down the high speed fan and allows the operator to think with a clear head. Silence is golden.

Quick Disconnect - Front and rear connections have a quick disconnect so packing up and moving takes seconds.

Welding For Dummies - No need to buy the book, we have added some failsafe settings that get you unstuck if you muddle up the controls. Simply select A for Ally or F for Ferous from the memory chanels and pre load our expert settings, just adjust the amps to your requirement and weld with ease.

Pre Gas Flow - Pre gas flow allows the operator to set the amount of gas flow in seconds that is required before the Tig welding arc is activated. This is ideal for purging pipes etc before welding.

Start Amps - Hot start for TIG, this sets the amount of amperage that is provided upon pressing the Tig torch trigger. This function is used in 4T mode as initial welding current or in 2T mode as the minimum start current to heat up the tungsten.

Up Slope - Increases the output amperage from the start amps setting to the welding amps setting over the time set. For example, if start crater is 30 amps and welding current is 70 amps with 5 seconds up slope time you would experience the welding arc as follows. Upon pressing the Tig torch trigger in 2T mode the current would start at 30 amps then grow steadily for 5 seconds until it reaches 70 amps. In 4T mode upon pressing the trigger the current will start at 30 amps, when the trigger is released the current would steadily increase for 5 seconds until it reaches 70 amps.

Welding Amps - This is the welding current used for non pulse welding in Tig or MMA for DC and also AC modes.

AC Balance - This setting is critical for aluminium welding and determines the amount of time electrons flow from the job to the tungsten (cleaning) as opposed to tungsten to job (penetration) as a percentage of total AC cycle. For example if set to 40%, the electrons will spend 40% of the AC welding cycle flowing from the job to the tungsten electrode and the opposite value 60% flowing from the tungsten to the job. This in effect gives an additional penetration gain over machines without balance control.

AC Frequency - The AC frequency setting changes the amount of AC cycles that occur each second. More alternating cycles has the effect of narrowing the arc which in turn increases penetration. Lowering the AC frequency broadens the arc so is ideal for internal corners.

Pulse Amps - When pulse welding thin sheet or thin walled tubes pulse welding is a technique that is used to reduce the amount of heat that is provided to the weld as an average but increases the heat provided during pulse cycles. In effect this provides better penetration whilst reducing distortion. The pulse welding current is set at a value that can penetrate the full thickness of the material and form a weld pool.

Base Amps - Base amps is used during the pulse welding procedure and sets the background current. In effect the base amps control sets the amount of amperage that is provided between pulses and this amount must be set sufficiently low that it allows the material to cool and solidify. As it is not practical to extinguish the welding arc in between pulses, the base current effectively keeps the arc active but does so at a value that will not affect the weld pool.

Pulse Ratio - The pulse ratio is the proportion of time the welding arc will pulse as opposed to not pulse. If set at 50% there will be a pulse and base current applied in equal proportions. If set to 20% there will be a pulse for 20% of the cycle and a base current for 80% of the cycle. An example of what is occurring may be calculated as follows. We may be welding 2mm sheet so could set the pulse current at 80 amps and base current at 20 amps. In normal operation an 80 amp welding current would blow a hole right through the 2mm sheet however in pulse welding mode we can pulse the 80 amps at say 30% of the time and have our base current of 20 amps for 70% of the time. The result is (80 x 0.3 = 24) + (20 x 0.7 = 14) = 38 Amps. You could not weld the material at 38 amps no matter how hard you try however using pulse welding techniques it is easy to achieve excellent penetration and do so at a reduced AVERAGE welding current.

Pulse Frequency - This is how fast the pulses repeat each second. Increasing pulse frequency can again narrow the arc slightly thus increasing penetration as the welding arc energy is concentrated into a smaller zone.

Down Slope - This is the opposite to up slope in that it decreases the output welding current over time until it arrives at the final crater current value.

Post Gas Flow - Post gas flow is used to keep the tungsten welding electrode immersed in an inert gas shield whilst it is hot. If you do not whiled the electrode it will oxidise in the atmosphere due to it’s heat when it comes into contact with oxygen. You may also hover over the weld bead during the gas post flow period to keep it shielded whilst it cools down.

Parameter Buttons 
Wave - For Tig welding processes, this push button selects AC welding current or DC welding current. In MMA stick welding procedures you may press the WAVE selector in order to toggle the output welding current polarity. Switching from electrode positive to electrode negative simply requires a push of this button.

Trigger - 2T or 4T selection is made by pushing this button.
In 2T mode pressing the torch trigger will initiate the pre gas flow, start the arc at start crater value, up slope, provide welding current. Releasing the button will provide down slope until final crater current value, extinguish the arc and then provide gas post flow.
In 4T mode pressing the torch trigger will initiate the pre gas flow and start the arc at start crater value. Releasing the torch trigger will up slope and provide the set welding current. At this point you will note the operator does not need to hold the torch trigger to continue welding. Pressing the Tig torch trigger again will provide down slope until final crater current value is reached. Releasing the Tig torch trigger will extinguish the arc and then provide gas post flow.
The “T” represents a change in trigger value so a push and release as in the first example is two changes hence the term 2T. In the second example the welding torch trigger was pushed, released, pushed, and released again. This was four trigger change of states hence the term 4T.
If using a variable amps remote control that is torch mounted you must do so in 4T. You simply press and release the trigger so that you do not need to hold it whilst welding. This leaves your finger free to control and vary the welding amperage of the machine. To stop the welding process simpley press and release the gig torch trigger again.

Tig / MMA Welding Mode - This push button selects the welder’s operating mode. You may select Tig welding, Pulse Tig welding and MMA / Stick welding.

Parameter Select - Pushing these buttons allows the operator to select the many adjustable parameters that are represented by an illuminated LED along the welding function line in the centre of the panel.

Parameter Adjust - This rotary encoder is used to change the value of any selected parameter. Turning will increase or decrease the value in increments of one. For increased speed of adjustment,  pushing the knob whilst turning will change values in increments of 10.

Tig Start - The Tig start selector is used to inhibit the HF Tig start circuit. The operator may toggle between HF Tig start and Lift Tig start.

Memory - Memory functions are available to store settings. Use it to save favourite set up when jobbing.

Metalmaster welding machines come standard with a 5 year parts and labour warranty.  All IGBT transistors are manufactured by Infineon, chosen for their ability to provide dependable power in the toughest of environments. With the Metalmaster 215 Elite Digital you will have one tough inverter AC DC TIG MMA welder ready to attack and conquer any welding job you put to it.

 

Metalmaster Welders Launched @Tokentools #Metalmaster #Welders

Today we launch our latest project codenamed “Everlasting Gobstopper”. Our newly engineered  inverter welders bearing the trademark of Metalmaster provide an abundance of features that can only be summarised as “Awesome fully configurable MOFO welding power source”

Tokentools Metalmaster ACDC Tig welder

Tokentools Metalmaster ACDC Tig welder

The new range is divided into two groups, the Alupulse Pro 210, Alupulse Pro 250 and Alupulse Pro 315. These machines have high bandwidth AC/DC Tig welding, Pulsing, AC + DC Hybrid Wave, VRD and much more. The variant to the Pro series is the Elite range that features a Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter also. These machines are known as the Elite 215 and Elite 256 that contain a 50 and 60 amp plasma cutter respectively.

As is the norm with Tokentools welders that have been proven in Australia for over a decade now and maintain a brand reputation that shames so many, the Metalmaster Pro and Elite models also feature a 5 year parts and labour warranty. Using reliable IGBT power pack components and intelligent control technologies from NEC and Infineon, the Metalmaster products offer low entry cost and extensive features in a market dominated by miserly equipped & cheaply built alternatives.

Give us a call on 1300 881 991 if you would like to receive more information about these impressive welding machines.

 

End of Financial Year Sale EOFYS Tig Mig Welders

Well it’s that time again, the clichéd EOFYS period where welding suppliers clear summer stock before the end of financial year by staging a huge sale event. Yes, we make it sound Parisian but  in reality it is just an opportunity to give our customers another reason to get welders for sale at  excellent prices. 

EOFYS - end of financial year sale

End of financial year sale

Throughout the month of June we will be putting selected welding products on sale at reduced prices. Check back on our online store regularly for updates during the EOFYS event. All welding machines available during the EOFYS period also have a comprehensive 5 year parts and labour warranty.

 

 

Multi Process Welders, mig tig stick plasma welding equipment

A multiprocess welder with 200 amp current, tig stick and plasma capability.

Multiprocess Welder, Tokentools Alusync 200

The Alusync Multiprocess 200 amp machine is a great product for situations where portability and work space constraints are important. Featuring a fully adjustable TIG mode for both AC and DC currents including pulse welding in both modes, a stick welder and plasma cutter this product will appeal to a broad market segment.

The product includes all the torches and cables to get each job done and with a 5 year warranty that covers parts and labour stands apart from other machines in it’s class.

Welding Positioner Chuck Available in Several Sizes

To compliment the range of Tokentools Welding Positioner machines available here several welding positioner 3 jaw chucks are available also. The 3 jaw chuck unit has a swivel handle that allows for rapid opening and closing of the jaws and having only 3 jaws means they are self centering. If buying the welding positioner and 3 jaw chuck together a further discount is available. Orders can be made for the 3 Jaw Chuck at this page or by calling Tokentools P/L on 1300 881 991.

using a weld positioner chuck

welding positioner chuck use

Welding Positioner Range Expands

Tokentools Pty Ltd continues to grow it’s range of welding positioners with two new models added to the product line up.

3 New Welding Positioners From Tokentools Pty Ltd

welding positioner

The new welding positioner models include the ROATA350 and ROTA450. Whilst all 3 models including the smaller ROTA300 feature digital controls, foot pedal and automation outputs, the two new models have a larger spindle bore and slower rotational speeds.

Head of product development, Peter Jones, explained….”It is imperative one calculates the rotational speed of the weld before investing in a welding positioner. By multiplying the workpiece diameter by Pi then by RPM it is easy to calculate the minimum and maximum travel speed for any welding operation. On our larger positioners this means a 200mm pipe can be welded between 125mm per minute up to 1256mm per minute.”

The new welding positioners available for sale at Tokentools Welding Equipment Supplies will appeal to industry and home users alike due to the 240V input power supply, portability and excellent price. For more information please visit the products page here or call Tokentools Pty Ltd on 1300 881 991.

Welders For Sale Save Today

You can judge the strength of an economy by the amount of welders for sale so Australia must be doing things right. A demand for welding machines from the manufacturing sector keeps welding machine sales humming along and this in turn drives product innovation up and keeps prices down. A winning result for the customer indeed!

welders for sale

Welders for sale online at Tokentools

Tokentools Pty Ltd is an Australian owned and operated family business specialising in all types of inverter welders for sale. We stock ACDC Tigs, Migs, Synergic Mig welders, Arc welding equipment, Plasma cutters and so on. We also have the safety equipment to ensure you can weld without danger to yourself or others.

Whether you are in Sydney or Perth, Brisbane or Melbourne we ship Australia wide at no cost so come visit us online or call on 1300 881 991.