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arc welder for $20

updated wed 16 jul 03


Shawn Sonnema on mon 14 jul 03

Arc welding is pretty handy around the shop. There's a Mother Earth =
News article on the web about how to throw one together from a lawn =
mower and an alternator. =20

The site is

I just built one that fits on our garden tractor and gets power from the =
mower deck pulley. Throttle controls the amperage and it works =
amazingly well. Cheap, off-grid welder that you can pull right up to =
your kiln and weld up burners or whatever has come loose. (Except for =
kiln bracing which I only trust bolts for)

Shawn Sonnema