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Thread: Took delivery on my Weldmax 185i today

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    Took delivery on my Weldmax 185i today

    I got my brand new Weldmax 185i today. I really like the way the cables attach to the unit and that it looks like it is very simple to use. I looked in the box for a manual but didn't find one. I went on the website and found the Weldmax 185 operators manual, but the machine is setup differently. So, I really need a manual.
    I also looked at the TIG torch they sent me and I really couldn't see where it attached to the unit. I called Longevity and talked to TJ. He told me that this is a brand new unit and information was scarce. We chatted and he checked around........found out the manuals are at the publisher. He took down my contact information and will send/contact me when it becomes available. Now we needed to sort out the TIG torch. I took pictures of the torch and it's connectors. I also took pictures of the front and back of the machine and sent them to TJ. He put me on hold and talked to someone in the shop. Apparently I got the wrong TIG torch. No biggie. We got it sorted out and will make the exchange.
    TJ did a great job helping me out today. Looking forward to the new manual and TIG torch.
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    185i Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Bdub View Post
    I got my brand new Weldmax 185i today. I really like the way the cables attach to the unit and that it looks like it is very simple to use. I looked in the box for a manual but didn't find one. I went on the website and found the Weldmax 185 operators manual, but the machine is setup differently. So, I really need a manual.
    I also looked at the TIG torch they sent me and I really couldn't see where it attached to the unit. I called Longevity and talked to TJ. He told me that this is a brand new unit and information was scarce. We chatted and he checked around........found out the manuals are at the publisher. He took down my contact information and will send/contact me when it becomes available. Now we needed to sort out the TIG torch. I took pictures of the torch and it's connectors. I also took pictures of the front and back of the machine and sent them to TJ. He put me on hold and talked to someone in the shop. Apparently I got the wrong TIG torch. No biggie. We got it sorted out and will make the exchange.
    TJ did a great job helping me out today. Looking forward to the new manual and TIG torch.
    I received a copy of the new 185i operator/owners manual. In looking at the manual, I found that the section for the plasma cutter was not included. Page 9 has a picture of the cutter, but nothing else. I'm working with Carlos on getting that added.
    TIG torch is on the way. Should be here next week.
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    HF O/A Torch Set
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    HF 20 Ton Shop Press
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    Well, today I decided to try my plasma cutter. I went to hook up my hose from my air compressor and low and behold it is not a pipe fitting. It is a B size Argon fitting. TJ at Longevity is building me a hose out of a cut Argon hose, a 1/4 inch npt female barb fitting, and a 1/4 inch male air hose fitting. Soooo, if you buy one of these you must make a hose to use your plasma cutter.
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    Just unscrew it and use a 1/4" air compressor fitting
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    Unscrew the argon b fitting from the back of the unit? I don't think so. The frustration here is there is no info on what to do, or how to do anything on the plasma cutter. I'm fixing this myself. After researching fittings, I found a 1/4MNPT x RH Argon #A-414 (argon B) that will do just fine. But, this should have been supplied with the unit. Name:  argon b npt.JPG
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    Longevity WeldMax 185i
    Hobart Handler 140
    HF Stand Drill Press
    HF Vertical Band Saw
    HF O/A Torch Set
    Jet 7X12 Horizontal Metal Saw
    Ingersoll Rand 2HP Twin Stack Air Compressor
    HF 20 Ton Shop Press
    HF 12 Ton Pipe Bender
    Big Old Anvil

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    Post of a pic of the plug on the untpit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamble View Post
    Post of a pic of the plug on the untpit
    Which plug Gamble?
    Longevity WeldMax 185i
    Hobart Handler 140
    HF Stand Drill Press
    HF Vertical Band Saw
    HF O/A Torch Set
    Jet 7X12 Horizontal Metal Saw
    Ingersoll Rand 2HP Twin Stack Air Compressor
    HF 20 Ton Shop Press
    HF 12 Ton Pipe Bender
    Big Old Anvil

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    Front and back. Whole machine we haven't seen it before
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    Sure can Gamble.....
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    Longevity WeldMax 185i
    Hobart Handler 140
    HF Stand Drill Press
    HF Vertical Band Saw
    HF O/A Torch Set
    Jet 7X12 Horizontal Metal Saw
    Ingersoll Rand 2HP Twin Stack Air Compressor
    HF 20 Ton Shop Press
    HF 12 Ton Pipe Bender
    Big Old Anvil

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    So it has a standard 5/8-18 fitting which is mainly used for welding gas, but you need to make a fitting work for the plasma cutter.

    Did it not come with a water separator? Ideally it should have different hook ups for both.
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