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Mig Welder

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Jiles

02-02-2013 14:04:48
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I have a Hobart Handler 135. It is about 10 years old and has been used app. 2 hr. I bought this to weld thin metal and can do a good job on 1/16" and larger. I have welded a lot of thin wall tubing and other fabrication.

I have a problem of burning through with the machine on it's lowest setting on 1/32" and a little thinner, but I have not tried with shielding gas.

Would that make a difference?

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Puddles

02-02-2013 18:04:28
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 Re: Mig Welder in reply to Jiles, 02-02-2013 14:04:48  
Yes switch to C-25, do not use 100% CO2, CO2 will give you a little hotter puddle. Get some .023 or .025 Mig wire. If you can, make all your welds vertical down hill. :wink:



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algar

02-02-2013 17:44:57
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 Re: Mig Welder in reply to Jiles, 02-02-2013 14:04:48  
I have the same machine I only use for mig with gas for my lite work you will love it no cmparison to the spattery flux core. great for exhaust and thinner



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Jiles

02-02-2013 15:46:29
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 Re: Mig Welder in reply to JOB, 02-02-2013 14:04:48  

Stan in Oly, WA said: (quoted from post at 00:23:58 02/03/13) Hi Jiles,

If you haven't run it with shielding gas, that means you're only used flux core. Flux core runs hotter than gas shielded solid wire at the same settings, so yes, running solid wire with gas would be a way to weld thinner metal.

Stan


That was my question---Thanks, I will try gas.
This post was edited by Jiles at 15:47:01 02/02/13.

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Stan in Oly, WA

02-02-2013 15:23:58
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 Re: Mig Welder in reply to Jiles, 02-02-2013 14:04:48  
Hi Jiles,

If you haven't run it with shielding gas, that means you're only used flux core. Flux core runs hotter than gas shielded solid wire at the same settings, so yes, running solid wire with gas would be a way to weld thinner metal.

Stan



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Gregorius

02-02-2013 15:08:10
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 Re: Mig Welder in reply to Retired Farmer, 02-02-2013 14:04:48  
On really thin metal you have to stitch weld the metal. You make a lot of small tack welds and let the metal cool to prevent heat build up which can cause burn through and warping.



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MarkB_MI

02-02-2013 14:57:40
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 Re: Mig Welder in reply to Jiles, 02-02-2013 14:04:48  
Slow your wire speed way down. Wire speed equals current on a wire feed welder.



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JGayman

02-02-2013 21:39:19
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 Re: Mig Welder in reply to MarkB_MI, 02-02-2013 14:57:40  
Do you do most of your welding indoors or outdoors? I have a Hobart Handler 140 and so far I have only used flux-core wire. I"ve been tempted to get a tank try solid wire with shielding gas but almost all of my welding is done outdoors.



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