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post #1 of 5 Old 02-17-2005, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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$30.00 Plastic Welder.

I was at Harbor Freight Tools last night and noticed they carry a plastic welder very similar to one I bought a couple years ago for $150.00! These things work great for repairing polyethalene,polypropolene,PVC and ABS. Their website is http:\\www.harborfreight.com I don't know if they have an online catalog but the item # is 41592.
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-18-2005, 01:22 PM
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I am looking for something to repair the turn signals and hanguards. Don't ask me why I need to fix these. I have tried close to a dozen types of glue and nothing will stick to or melt this plastic, it's indestructable! (unless it gets smashed on the ground ).

How does the plastic welder work, I am unfamiliar with these tools. Will the weld be as strong as the plastic being repaired? Any info is appreciated.
post #3 of 5 Old 02-18-2005, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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The welds are as strong as the surrounding plastic, but they are not very pretty. You can build up over the repair and then grind and sand down to level but then there is the problem of matching the color. I guess that Krylon Fusion paint might work although I've never used the stuff. The welder works by passing air through a heating element in the forward part of the handle which liquifies the plastic welding rod and the material being joined, permanently bonding it together. These welders are excellent for making repairs to functional items where looks are not a large concern. A guy not long ago brought in a polyethylene shop vac lid that had a large crack in it so it no longer would seal on the canister, after welding it,it worked as good as new. Dan
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-20-2005, 08:31 AM
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There is a Harbor Freight nearby - I was going to check into one of those - how tricky is it to use?

I have never welded but know that you just don't "go do it" without training.

Any recommendations for shops that do good plastic welding jobs?

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-21-2005, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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The best place to locate someone that has experience using one of these devices is to look under plastic fabricators in the phone book. I know guys that have a lot of experience using this tool and for as strong as the repair is you will always be able to see where the repair was made. They seem to work best with very low air pressure (no more than 2 lbs) making sure to tack down the pieces prior to welding. If too much air pressure is used it tends to blow molten plastic all over the place. Working slow with very low air pressure works best. I've seen some people work left to right and some that prefer right to left but the important thing is that you must pre-soften the plastic just ahead of the welding rod as you move along, if you don't the welding rod will not melt and sink in to the plastic. I just wish someone made diff color welding rods so the repaired area would not be so obvious.

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