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Re: MIG wire feed

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11-29-2012 14:49:18

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The responses came fast and furious. I never intended to get a controversy started. I did find DF502 Dynaflux lube for pads. So someone does offer it. Now I have to decide which advice to take. Puddles, do you use the 0.023 wire on your jobsites?

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11-29-2012 16:04:13

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 Re: MIG wire feed in reply to Bus Driver, 11-29-2012 14:49:18  
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Bus Driver no, no way! .068, 5/64, and 3/32 are the norm for structural welding.
The main reason for not using any lube. First off for solid wire you should be using V-groove drive rolls. Only use serrated drive rolls with flux core wire, be it gas less, or gas shielded wire. But no matter what there will be shavings, or little flakes from the wire, which is all bad, but why add lube / oil that will gum up the works even more? Just use a dry piece of cloth, or an ear plug clamped to the wire. In my opinion lube does nothing but run the risk of gumming everything up, and a slight chance of contaminating the welds. What little it could possibly help the risk is just too high for me.

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jon f mn

11-29-2012 15:12:00

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 Re: MIG wire feed in reply to Bus Driver, 11-29-2012 14:49:18  
Sorry for hijacking your post. Sometimes I let my temper get the best of me. For that I apologise to both of you. As far as your problem goes, you probly need a new liner. When it's giving you problems is the gun twisted or wrapped around something? Try moving it around when you are having trouble. .023 wire is for thin material and small welders like yours. It's most likely the only size solid wire you have enough power to use.

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Bus Driver

11-29-2012 17:53:33

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 Re: MIG wire feed in reply to jon f mn, 11-29-2012 15:12:00  
Mine will handle the 0.030 and I have a spool of it. But for larger stuff I use my old Lincoln IdealArc AC/DC 250. The Century has just 20% duty cycle, the Lincoln is 100% to 160 amps and 60% for higher amperages.

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