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gatemaker
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Last Activity: 07-10-2019, 08:36 PM
Joined: 02-22-2009
Location: california
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  • gatemaker
    replied to trying to decide on welder....
    Generally, I like the arc on a tapped transformer machine. A softer arc, usually. Some older tapped machines only had 3 or 4 taps, which would be difficult to use. Too cold, too hot...A 6 or 7 tap, 200 amp machine is quite easy to use......
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  • It is an easy fix. My valve conked out after about 2 years of regular shop use. I can't hear much but the boss told me the welder was hissing. Sure enough, even the regulator was frosting up. In that case the valve was wide open. Every other time I have heard of a valve going bad it wouldn't open,...
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  • Plenty of top end on the 210. The gun is the weak spot on that machine. My Lincoln 180 has no top end, but I knew that when I bought it. Runs good .035" flux core wire like butter. On uncoated steel there is almost no spatter, just wipe off the smoke and you are done....
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  • A 30 amp breaker is fine. That is what I used my 210MVP's on when I worked in the little shop. I ran them on the second highest tap, often. Oh, a piece of my past...I miss the creativity sometimes. Locking horns with an artistic-type boss with a short attention span....I don't miss....
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  • gatemaker
    replied to Contact Tip Service Life
    Yep, Grind the tip slightly. If the wire is still burned in the tip, then it's time for a new tip. Spatter from MIG welding can mess up the tips a little. I run Flux-core only at work and the tips get hot and bend sometimes, slowing down the wire. Sometimes the gun gets bumped when the tip is still...
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    Last edited by gatemaker; 06-24-2019, 06:47 PM.

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  • gatemaker
    replied to Flux core purchase time
    I think that you will be disappointed with the lack of welding fusion on such low output machines. A Hobart 140 would be the minimum. If you have a 240volt dryer plug available I would highly suggest that you move up one notch. The Hobart 190 has a very nice arc....
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    Last edited by gatemaker; 06-23-2019, 09:30 PM.

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  • gatemaker
    replied to Issues with Set up?
    How far of wire stick out do you have between the tip and your steel? About 3/8" inch should work, could be a little shorter, but not longer.. Looks like a poor ground or way too much stick out. Are you running a Hobart 190 or some other machine? Bump up the voltage to 5. Really looks like too...
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