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Aluminum welder kit

Although aluminum is becoming more common in many products, it is still tough to weld. Wire Propellant Systems has developed a kit for a standard wire feed MIG welder that effectively welds aluminum. The kit installs in 15 min. on a wire feed welder and produces high-quality aluminum welds. The system eliminates excessive burn backs into the contact tip and nested wire in the drive rollers.

A kit is available for 220v welders, as well as the 120v models. Price: $195. Contact Wire Propellant Systems at 906/475-7854, visit or

Low-profile vise

A low-profile camlock vise that measures only 3 in. tall provides great versatility for handling many types of jobs in the shop. The 4-in.-wide vise will handle small and medium-size runs quickly. A hand knob adjusts to the desired open position, and a short, horizontal movement of the locking lever clamps or releases the part, providing one-hand operation. The hollow base allows for clear-through drilling. List price: $221. Contact Heinrich Co., Dept. FIN, 2707 S. Memorial Dr., Racine, WI 53403, 262/634-4229, visit or

Powerful generator

A new generator from John Deere will run nearly 12 hours at half load and nearly nine hours at full load. The DP6000 generator delivers up to 6,100W of power and operates on an electric-start, 12-hp Kohler engine with cast-iron cylinder sleeve and muffler. It is equipped with the Equipment Starting Advantage, allowing it to start a wide variety of electric-motor-driven devices.

Price: about $1,800. Contact John Deere Inquiry Dept., Dept. FIN, Box 13603, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 800/537-8233, visit or

Welding plastic

Repair plastic with new welding tool kits and a plastic welding pen from Malcom Hot Air Systems. The tool kits include a compact, 1,600W Leister Triac hot air tool with adjustable temperatures from 70°F to 1,400°F and variable airflow to 8 cfm. The kit includes a 2-lb. assortment of PVC, PP, PE, PC, LDPE and ABS welding rods. Users may order specific types of welding tips and tools. Cost for a kit starts at $495, depending on the tools selected.

The new plastic welding pen will repair items such as plastic tanks and ventilation systems. The Leister welding pen “S” features a protected heating element and dial that adjusts temperatures from 68°F to 1,100°F. Lightweight with a slim handle, this 600W welding pen can be held at any angle for all types of repairs. Price: $390.

Contact Malcom Hot Air Systems, Dept. FIN, 1676 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871, 888/807-4030, visit or

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