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MIG Welding Wire

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by banzaitoyota, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. banzaitoyota
    Joined: May 2, 2004
    Posts: 547


    Curious about MIG welding wire. Currently using Lincoln Superarc L56 wire, doing a Floorpan replacement and rocker panel repair on an off topic car. Is there any advantage to using a different wire such as Esab easygrind or harris twenty gage brand wires?
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  2. Cerberus
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,381


    I mig welded up a large hole (8" x 12") on my '56 Chevy floor. I used Lincoln .025 L56, with argon. I'm happy with the results, considering my limited mig skills. I'm more at home with stick electrode ac/dc.
  3. less grinding= less heat= less warping
  4. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,681


    stick with mame brands. ESAB, Linicoln, Miller, etc. the Harbor Freight and other Chinese crap WILL give crummy results.

  5. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    It's also nice that Home Depot carries full spools of Lincoln mig wire so when you run out at 8 pm you have a place to get some.

  6. Problem is mate that most of those "USA brands" are now made in china, Im a welder and use alot of Lincon flux cored wire, about 2 years ago I noticed the country of origin had changed to China, sad but true as Im a big fan of buying USA made stuff. The wire is still of a very high quality and I havent noticed a change in weld quality either. I use a bit of Hobart wire from time to time and thats still made in USA.
  7. snaptwo
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 696


    a close look at the origin of some of HFs wire , not China --Italy ! I ran some of it with CO2 and it "wet out:" nicely .
  8. banzaitoyota
    Joined: May 2, 2004
    Posts: 547


    Already using the,L56, need to see if there is a "better" wire out there
  9. ETwagon
    Joined: Apr 6, 2007
    Posts: 97

    from Arizona

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