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Old 11-16-2013, 08:50 PM   #211
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Maybe one of you guys can help me out here. I picked up a little lincoln migpak 10 a few months ago and finally fired it up last night. I really know nothing about welding except what Ive read on here and a few books my wife got me. Well now I have about 2 hours experience... lol.

Anyway my problem is the wire seems to be coming out in spurts and some times totally stops. It is getting pinched on itself on the roll. If I back roll it and loosen some wire up it works awesome for a bit but once it gets down to tight wire it starts surging again. Is the wire feed weak or is it a crappy roll of wire? Any help would be awesome! Thanks a bunch!

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Youve most likely over tighten the nut that holds the wire spool on or you have the wire ran.the wrong way. Think the roll of tp being on "the wrong way". If the wire is coming off.the wrong side of.the wheel itll jerk and pinch. Try going to the website welders tips and tricks. There are tons of videos and instruction of about every type of welding there.

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Old 11-17-2013, 12:57 PM   #213
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:37 PM   #215
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@eric very nice looking work. I have only done some simple stick welding but am looking to get a jeep and do most of the work myself like many of you. What brand/type of welder would be good for a beginner?
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:12 PM   #216
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A Miller Dynasty is the best TIG machine available but ,, if I were to buy a new machine I would buy a Lincoln precision TIG 275 water cooled unit ( best bang for Buck )and a lifetime machine ,, and with their Motorsports program u can pick one up for pretty cheap
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:20 AM   #217
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Youve most likely over tighten the nut that holds the wire spool on or you have the wire ran.the wrong way. Think the roll of tp being on "the wrong way". If the wire is coming off.the wrong side of.the wheel itll jerk and pinch. Try going to the website welders tips and tricks. There are tons of videos and instruction of about every type of welding there.
Makes sense. Thanks man. Ill have to double check everything. I got it used and Dont know if its put together right or not.lol. I just plugged it in and started burning...
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:29 AM   #218
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:12 PM   #219
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On the old miller 250. 3003 aluminum. Inside and outside seam.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:19 PM   #220
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Ill admit, I'm intimidated. This is 6011 rods on 120 amps with my buzz box.
They're really ugly. prepare yourself.





And here is where i tried to steepen my drag angle because I thought i was getting worm holes on the top and bottom of my welds... maybe thats just the slag i need to chip off. Who knows!?


Those definitely look the best to me. They are penetrating and not just sitting on top of the metals... Well now that i think about it, I think i turned it up to 130ish for those welds...

Then here it is on like 105?



Those are terrible. so those are a no.

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Ill admit, I'm intimidated. This is 6011 rods on 120 amps with my buzz box.
They're really ugly. prepare yourself.





And here is where i tried to steepen my drag angle because I thought i was getting worm holes on the top and bottom of my welds... maybe thats just the slag i need to chip off. Who knows!?


Those definitely look the best to me. They are penetrating and not just sitting on top of the metals... Well now that i think about it, I think i turned it up to 130ish for those welds...

Then here it is on like 105?



Those are terrible. so those are a no.

Someone, help me improve!
Get the slag off those bad boys. What size rod are you using. Grab some 7018 3/32nds and run them at 120. Slow down and focus on rod depth and consistent angle both planes. Drag or push but stay consistent and slow down. I can't say it enough that's such an important thing. Slow down.


I hadn't ran a bead for 8 months and wanted to brush up while I was home and had a chance. So I practiced some round tube style welding which I needed practice at. Not shabby.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:38 AM   #222
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I'm running 1/8in rod. I'll go pick up some more steel and some smaller rods and practice practice practice.
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I'm running 1/8in rod. I'll go pick up some more steel and some smaller rods and practice practice practice.
Well turn your power up for 1/8, and you can practice running passes over your old welds if you don't wana waste steel. Smaller rods are easier though.
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:06 PM   #224
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Improving. What kind of pattern do you use? I like to run a weave so a s or z whatever. Some guys run stringers and tie in. I like a smaller rod and a weave for stringers if I have to. Work on a pattern. Also work on a stable stance, setup to hold the rod to keep steady.
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Im using the whip and pause method. I get a better deposit with it right now than I do using small circles.
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Im using the whip and pause method. I get a better deposit with it right now than I do using small circles.
I think you are talking about a z but it looks like you're just running a stringer- a straight line. You wana go bottom top over a rod width bottom, top. Repeat.
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Getting better! Any tips on welding very thin (18 gauge) aluminum with a mig welder? Using 30 wire.

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Getting better! Any tips on welding very thin (18 gauge) aluminum with a mig welder? Using 30 wire.
Back up your weld (put something behind it) with copper or steel bar or angle or soft copper plate. Use clamps to hold them in place.

Copper will pull the heat out to minimize warp. You can shape the soft plate to conform to your peice.

Backing up also helps to avoid blowing through thin material.
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Getting better! Any tips on welding very thin (18 gauge) aluminum with a mig welder? Using 30 wire.
I am far from an expert, but I have had better luck on sheet metal with smaller wire. I would grab a spool of .025 if you can.
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This, too.

Realistically, though, TIG or heliarc is much more suited to thin aluminum than MIG.
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