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Old 01-07-2006, 11:33 AM
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Anybody a decent welder? I was working on a project today with our Lincoln Mig 125 and the wire feeder was acting funky: the feed wheels were turning when you pulled the trigger, but they weren't catching the wire. I fiddled with some of the set screws and stuff, but i couldn't get it to catch. Any Ideas?

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Old 01-07-2006, 11:55 AM
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i am by NO means a pro at welding. but it sounds like the tension on the rollers isnt right. but i do know that there has to be a little slip just incase the happens to be a jam in the nozzle or liner some where. i have also succesfuly welded the wire to the tip some how . can you pull the wire out of the gun with pliers and the machine off? if you cant then the rollers are slipping like they should because of a jam somewhere.
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The rollers have groves for the wire. If you have a smaller wire than the grove you can have this problem. Check you wire size then check the rollers. They will be marked as to the wire size. Most rollers have two groves, two sizes. Hope this helps.
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...can you pull the wire out of the gun with pliers and the machine off? if you cant then the rollers are slipping like they should because of a jam somewhere.
I'm with him try feeding the wire manually if it doesn't go the pull it back clip the end and re-feed. Recomend you have cable straight out on the floor for that.
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Old 01-08-2006, 05:20 AM
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sounds good, i was pretty sure i had the tip clean enough, but it may be stuck somewhere else...i'll try it again today. if my efforts fail, i'll have to use the old arc welder...

thanks for the input

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Old 01-09-2006, 02:01 AM
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thanks for the help...i got it working again yesterday and then it just flew...the wire was soldered to the tip, so i just had to take the tip apart, cut it off, and screw a new one on.
my next venture will be finding an auto darkening hood: the cheap ones are really worth what you pay for...if your on a roll and doing the hood flip constanly, it's easy to slip and zap your eyes!

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Old 01-09-2006, 05:40 AM
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It's a long story about how I burned my mask up but it happened and I had to fabricate some stuff for work and figured I could just close my eyes and lay down a few beeds. DO NOT WELD WITHOUT A MASK. I couldn't tell if I ended up with thermal burns or sun burn on my face but that was worse than my dumb white #ss on my first weekend in Hawaii with some tanning excelerator. Just thought I'd share a little safety note with you guys.
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Old 01-09-2006, 01:13 PM
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ouch scottytom!...i found some new masks today...maxtool has an auto darkening hood for 29 bucks...

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Old 01-12-2006, 10:38 PM
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Flashburn is fun. I got my auto dark helmet from Grainger. Before I got it I'd just hold my hat in front of my face.
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Glad you are thinking SAFETY now!

Our welder here at work loves his "auto" hood! I hope Grainger didn't charge you too much though.
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