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Hot Rods Mig Wire .023, .025, or .035?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fortunateson, Oct 13, 2019.

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  1. .023

    90 vote(s)
    69.8%
  2. .025

    15 vote(s)
    11.6%
  3. .035

    24 vote(s)
    18.6%
  1. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
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    Title basically says it all except "what's your preference" for sheet metal welding...?
    Chime in guys.
     
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  2. Bugguts
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  3. mrharley51
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    use both 23 and 35...sheetmetal 23 chassis work 35
     
  4. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
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    I have my 110V MIG set up with .023 for Sheetmetal work. My 220V has .030 in it for heavier welding.

    SPark
     
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  5. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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    I just keep a roll of 030 in it. Unless I remember wrong, which is highly likely. I suppose I could go look!
     
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  6. I have a Lincoln 255, and like mrharley51, I use .023 for sheet metal and .035 for everything else.
    Bob
     
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  7. anthony myrick
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    .023 for sheet metal
    Even use it with TIG sometimes
     
  8. I have not tried this with my TIG, although I have saved some short pieces of MIG wire for this purpose.
    Bob
     
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  9. flatford39
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    .023 mostly...interesting thread that I want to keep an eye on as I have some heavy chassis welding coming up.

    Another question related to this...do you change nozzle size with wire size??? Been using a half inch nozzle but am thinking of going to a 3/8 with the .023 to see the puddle better.

    Thoughts??
     
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  10. Budget36
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    I have .023 in one, .030 in another and .035 in another. Prefer the .023 for sheetmetal, but have used the .030 with no issues either. Never tried the .035 though. My .030 is in my old Millermatic 35, let's off a real soft spark.
     
  11. I am using a 1/2 nozzle right now, but recently bought a complete Bernard cable and gun, assembly with both 1/2 and 3/8th nozzles. Seeing that I use .023 more than the .035, my intention is to give using the smaller nozzle a try.
    Bob
     
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  12. OLDSMAN
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
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    I use .023 basically because I do so much sheet metal work. I have welded 1/4 plate with the .023 wire as well
     
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  13. Fortunateson
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    What, nobody casting a vote? You know that there are some places in this world that you are not allowed to vote on which wire size you use!
     
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  14. carcruse
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    x2
     
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  15. DDDenny
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    When I bought my Miller 200 in the late 80's I had plans for structural work as well as sheetmetal so got a big roll of .030 and a small spool of .023. Started with the .030 for some 3/8" then changed it over to the smaller wire for some sheetmetal work.
    I never had welded prior so it was a bit of a learning curve, no matter what I tried the .023 wire would try to ride up between the wire and when loosened it would rat nest, man, I wasted a bunch of wire until I got creative.
    I ended up making a flap out of an old plastic number panel mounted on a pivot that lightly rested on the wire and was able to use lighter tension without rat nesting.
    Changed back to the .030 for heavier work and left it there even for lighter work, just took a period of learning what settings to use.
     
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  16. squirrel
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    yeah, mine is 030
     
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  17. rc57
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    .030 here too
     
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  18. lumpy 63
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    Should probably add .030 to the ballot:D
     
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  19. s55mercury66
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    .030 here also.
     
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  20. ekimneirbo
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    I would keep both 023 and 030 on hand. Then switch when you need to. With 023 wire I find that you need to use an 023 liner to help keep the wire from jaming. With 030, you can use an 030 or 035 liner and tip.......most of the time 030 will do just about anything. I decided I was too lazy to switch rollers,wire,liner,and tip, so I bought a smaller (but 220) welder to just run 023.
    You can do sheetmetal with 030 but you usually have to fix some holes along the way. The 023 is much easier to use on sheetmetal.

    That said, my large welder is giving me a problem, so I grabbed the little mig with the 023 wire and dialed it up to weld on my thick tractor bucket (3/8). Did just fine......I was surprised.
     
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  21. ekimneirbo
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    I think the problem might have been that you didn't change the liner.
     
  22. JR Vig
    Joined: Jun 25, 2019
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    .023 for just about everything... seems to do the trick.
     
  23. 1946caddy
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  24. lumpy 63
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    Always use the matching liners ,tips and rollers for the wire you are using.. Otherwise you are just looking to be frustrated.
     
  25. lumpy 63
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    o_O
     
  26. 1946caddy
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    Miller XMT 304 welder with LN25 wire box.
    Use .035 for short arc and .045 for spray.
    30A spool gun for aluminum.
    180 SD syncrowave for tig on sheetmetal, wire size according to metal thickness
     
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  27. I run .023 in my 110v machine for the little stuff and .030 in the 220v
     
  28. doyoulikesleds
    Joined: Jul 12, 2014
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    cannt vote no 0.030, 0.045 or 0.062
     
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  29. jvo
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    I use .030
     
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  30. classiccarjack
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