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Zap! Zap! Zap! My welding stinks.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Johnny1290, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. 81ttopcoupe
    Joined: Feb 10, 2005
    Posts: 398

    81ttopcoupe
    Member
    from Cedar Park

    What they said, and keep that ground clamp near the weld. Makes a huge difference with consistency in my experience.
     
  2. weldtoride
    Joined: Jun 14, 2008
    Posts: 258

    weldtoride
    Member

    Quote:

    "harbor freight wire isnt to bad"

    I think you must have had a roll from an ok batch, my welding SUPPLIER was buying wire here and there wherever it was cheapest, and stuck me with a bunch of crap, you really can tell a difference. I won't buy anything but name wire now, my life is riding on some of these welds. Weld to live, weld to ride....
     
  3. 972toolmaker
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 216

    972toolmaker
    Member
    from Garland Tx

    Sounds like you found your problem ,I know my welds go south when the tip needs to be replaced. the wire running through it wears it out over time and kind of sneaks up on me.
     
  4. Cad La Dave
    Joined: Apr 15, 2008
    Posts: 225

    Cad La Dave
    Member
    from CA

    I know you don't want to hear this.... Get a TIG welder, you have a lot more control of the penetration and heat as well as being able to do alum. I use both, a MIG to tack stuff and a TIG to finish it....
     

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