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Old 01-11-2015, 03:14 PM
1991SuperCabXLT 1991SuperCabXLT is offline
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I bought myself a mig welder not too long ago and now I am in the learning process. I now need some advice as to what I am doing right or wrong. Bare in mind that I'm just starting.This was done using a Hobart 190 mig welder using .030 or .035 (can't remember which) flux core wire. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:14 PM
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I'm a self taught welder, so take what I say with a grain of salt. It looks pretty good to me for just starting out.

I always found it easier to practice welding to pieces together instead of just making a bead. If you can find some 1/4" thick scrap steel and try welding it together that may help, it did me anyway.

I've always done MIG and not flux core but I do know that using gas makes a prettier weld.

Again I'm no expert but it sure is fun to weld every once in a while.
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:51 PM
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Get good penetration with no undercut and keep a smooth steady hand. Keep your speed consistent try not to go too fast or too slow, all it takes is practice. MIG or flux core is pretty easy but with the flux core you might have to go a little slower to help it burn in more maybe do a little weave too. Practice and you'll find out you can do a lot with your little machine, I have a small 90 amp flux core welder and I've built and fixed a lot of stuff with it.
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:33 PM
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Looks like you started out too fast, then slowed down too much. In other words, the first part of the bead is cold, the rest is hot with a lot of undercut.
Practice your butt off, it'll hit you sooner or later. The cold bead has little penetration, not good. The hot part likely has good penetration, but just not pretty. Get to where you can lay down a good bead, then try some butt welds.
Keep trying, you'll do it.
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Old 01-11-2015, 06:43 PM
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Always, amd i mean ALWAYS watch your puddle. Watch how it spreads and always have the puddle in view...if you cant see the puddle, you cant accurately weld. Just like the others said slow down. If you start burning through turn you heat down.
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:46 AM
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I bought a Lincoln Mig Power 140 a year or 2 ago.
I had no experience welding. I was a grinder not a welder.
I found this site looking for help. I found great advice and my welds have improved 100 percent.
Jody's Youtube videos cover Tig, Mig, and stick welding.
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:38 AM
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Thanks for the help guys. I will be getting a gas tank soon.
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:55 AM
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Sub'd. Also just got a mig welder. I have a snapon MM250SL it's a 185 amp. Got an 80lb bottle for it too. Gonna teach myself and this thread will help.
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