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Old 03-19-2014, 06:37 PM
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First time picking up a welder in 6 years.

Could be worse.

1/4 plate at roughly a 40 angle. .025 wire.





I need a better helmet but I'm reasonably happy with this

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Old 03-19-2014, 06:59 PM
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Slow down the wire speed and try and control your hand speed. Looks like you sped up then down. (Im no pro just my opinion.) Still looks good after 6 years!

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Oh yeah I made a bit of a mess with the first weld (second picture). But It'll be strong\

I was trying different things thats why It looks so messy and the first picture is a little more consistant

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What size wire are you using and what machine model?

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Lincoln Sp175 plus, and only .025 wire because it's what I had. .035 with less speed would have likely been better but this will work for what it was.

In the second picture I had a gap about 3/8" to fill too.
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Oscillate your puddle instead of dragging it straight like a stick welder. This will help fill in undercut along the edges a little better.

I wouldn't use anything more than .030" on that machine. That size wire will give you more versatility with heat/speed adjustments over the power range of the machine and when you mess with sheet metal vs 1/4 or 3/8 plate.

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Oscillate your puddle instead of dragging it straight like a stick welder. This will help fill in undercut along the edges a little better.

I wouldn't use anything more than .030" on that machine. That size wire will give you more versatility with heat/speed adjustments over the power range of the machine and when you mess with sheet metal vs 1/4 or 3/8 plate.

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Thanks I'll give that a shot instead. I've decided I'm buying a better helmet. This cheap auto darkening one I got has a noticable delay, and no adjustment. I was having a hard time seeing the edges that I was trying to smooth up to. Thats the biggest reason for them not being straight... I could barely see lol

I guess that's to be expected for 60$
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Thanks I'll give that a shot instead. I've decided I'm buying a better helmet. This cheap auto darkening one I got has a noticable delay, and no adjustment. I was having a hard time seeing the edges that I was trying to smooth up to. Thats the biggest reason for them not being straight... I could barely see lol

I guess that's to be expected for 60$
I like the plain ole $25 Jackson shadow helmet.

This is what oscillating will look like.

http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/...t-trek-180.jpg

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Okay I've actually watched a couple of that guys videos. We were taught at school ( highschool not welding school) more of a shuffle. I tried doing the side to side more in the first picture but I'm not used to it yet.

You prefer fixed shade vs auto darkening?
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Okay I've actually watched a couple of that guys videos. We were taught at school ( highschool not welding school) more of a shuffle. I tried doing the side to side more in the first picture but I'm not used to it yet.

You prefer fixed shade vs auto darkening?
Not really a shuffle back n forth, that causes cold lap sometimes.

And ya, I hate autodarkening hoods. They drive me nuts. I like the full 4x5 window with #10 blue lens.

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