Pro Spot SP-5 Smart MIG Welder
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Jeff Zuber says that as soon as he saw the tool 10 months ago, he knew his shop—Greenfield Auto Services in Newark, N.J.—needed it.
“Put it this way: We take pride in our craftsmanship and, of course, our number one priority is our customer,” he says. “With that machine, the quality, the craftsmanship, it’s all-around unity.”
In fact, it was so apparent that Zuber purchased the Pro Spot SP-5 MIG welder right from his tool rep that first time he saw it.
The smart MIG welder has three MIG torches and three spools that can be set up for three different base metals: aluminum, silicon bronze and steel. The shielding gas and weld program with the appropriate synergic curve automatically switch when pulling the trigger. In synergic mode, the microprocessor controls optimal arc stability and weld quality. Zuber says his technicians are able to simply pick up the appropriate torch and pull the trigger, while the microprocessor and weld programs automatically switch.
The benefit of having three individual torches with their own wire is that you can work on multiple vehicles with different materials without changing out the wires and liners, says Zuber. Due to more and more aluminum and ultra high-strength steel vehicle components showing up in the shop, he says it’s a huge time saver for shops.
The system also comes with everything needed for TIG welding and MMA/stick welding.
“It’s like factory welding,” Zuber says. “It’s really state of the art and a savior in the shop. You’ve got everything in one simple work area.”
Zuber says it only took him six months to recoup the cost of the tool, and that’s mainly due to time savings.
“Time is money in this business,” he says. “When we use the bronze configuration, we love it because my techs spend less time doing the body work. Bronze uses less heat and the metal that’s involved in the process doesn’t get distorted or warped, which happens a lot with the standard MIG welders. You start having to do plastic work, body work. With this, you just bronze it, sand it down, spray your primer and it goes right to paint. It just saves so much time and the quality is phenomenal. It gives you more time and more money because you’re getting these vehicles out quicker.”
Zuber says he has already purchased a second SP-5 and has plans to purchase a third, too.
“That’s how great these things are,” he says. “It’s definitely a breakthrough in welding technique.”