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    Ok fellas...question for the "old timers"... . Since Im sure some of you guys have clipped off more wire from your MIG guns to control the stick-out...than I''ll ever actually USE....I have a few questions!

    My future welding will all be "mild steel"..thickness will range ( normally) from thin sheets to "about" 1/4 inch. ( Maybe slightly thicker if and when I get an additional larger; welder. ) So..your recommendations on the "best" ( relative term) wire; brand, model...etc to use for the following would be GREATLY appreciated. Wire READILY available is also a big asset ( I dont need to wait on "them" to dig the iron ore out of the ground to make a batch..if you get my drift... ..) ALSO...I really dont have much "need" ( at this point) for anything that can ONLY be bought on those HUGE spools.

    1) .023-.024 solid wire for use with 75/25 gas
    2) .030 FluxCore (presently using E71T-11 )
    3) .030 solid wire for use with 75/25 gas for if / when I get a larger MIG outfit

    Input is greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    I use .030 S6 from ebay seller welders4less and have had great sucess with it, plus its cheap 33.50 for 2 10# rolls incl shipping and i get my tips from him also for .50 cents each and the ship free with the wire order...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
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    • #3
      I also go through a good bit of S-6. My favorite S-6 at the moment is Lincoln SuperArc L-56 which is easy to get locally and reasonably priced.

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      • #4
        Sully, for some strange reason, Hobart units seem to run Hobart HB-28 quite well. The HH 175 that I use to own and the HH 187 that I currently own booth performed or perform in the case of the 187 quite well with .023 HB-28. I was running an 8" roll of HB-28, that I recently picked up, on my HH 187 yesterday evening and it was performing quite well on the unit.

        The last roll of L-56 that I tried ran like crap- spatter issues that i couldn't get rid of.
        MigMaster 250- Smooth arc with a good touch of softness to it. Good weld puddle wetout. Light spatter producer.
        Ironman 230 - Soft arc with a touch of agressiveness to it. Very good weld puddle wet out. Light spatter producer.


        PM 180C



        HH 125 EZ - impressive little fluxcore only unit

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dan View Post
          Sully, for some strange reason, Hobart units seem to run Hobart HB-28 quite well. The HH 175 that I use to own and the HH 187 that I currently own booth performed or perform in the case of the 187 quite well with .023 HB-28. I was running an 8" roll of HB-28, that I recently picked up, on my HH 187 yesterday evening and it was performing quite well on the unit.

          The last roll of L-56 that I tried ran like crap- spatter issues that i couldn't get rid of.
          I'll check into that Dan...thanks. Sounds like it might be a good "all around" wire for me.

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          • #6
            Is that it fellas? No more recommendations or personal preferences ??? Although I have ONLY the HH140 at this point..a much larger MIG outfit is "coming soon"....

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