Choosing Better Supplies

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Don't Let The Fire Go Out: 3 Important Things To Watch For With Your MIG Welding Equipment


If you're a welder who uses MIG welding gear, then you appreciate how tricky the equipment can be to fix. Unlike classic stick welding (TIG), there are lots of different parts that can get jammed up. Your dealing with a wire feed, instead of a stick (rod, in some welding circles). And while the rod can be manually placed in proximity to the weld, the wire has to pass through your welding gear, which opens up a whole array of complications. Here are a few.

Tangled and Twisted: The Mig Mess

One of the common problems that MIG welders will encounter is a tangled wire electrode. This can ruin a weld, rendering the job worthless and forcing you to spend time fixing the weld. MIG (metal inert gas) welders have to make sure that their wire supply is in first rate shape. If there is any jam up in the feed line, then the wire can spool out improperly, causing a less than optimal combustion at the weld point. And when this happens, you can end up with a bad weld that won't pass inspection. It might look fine, but when the engineers come around later and x-ray the weld to ensure no internal cracks, they might require the entire thing redone. So, you need to make sure the liner and feed line are in perfect condition, clean of any debris, and not warped.

Bad Diffuser: A Bad Burn

Another issue that you will run into with MIG welding units are problems with the nozzle, and in particular the diffuser unit. The diffuser is used to carry the gas to the wire, creating the heat necessary to melt the wire and base metal, and create the weld. If that gas can't get to the wire in the right manner, you're either going to have a non-ignited wire feed, a burnt wire (too much too fast), or just a sparkle and not a full ignite. A welding service will be able to dissemble the nozzle and fix the diffuser and also check the main gas line to ensure that there is no problem up the line.

Wire Feed Flow Can't Be Adjusted

Modern MIG welding equipment will often have the ability to adjust the speed of the wire feed rate. This is helpful because it allows you to be more precise when working with a specific voltage and different kinds of welds. However, if your model has an adjustable speed rate, and you can no longer adjust it, you're in trouble. Unlike the classic automatic feed rates, you won't have a standard to fall back on, and you won't have a proper wire spool out. This can result in anything from a tip that just burns backwards, to a non-ignite issue. So, don't mess around with a malfunctioning MIG feed adjuster--just bring it into a welding repair service, such as Vern Lewis Welding Supply Inc.


10 May 2017