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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2018, 14:37 

Joined: 11 Oct 2017, 01:49
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It hasn't been that bad feeding the 5356 030 wire through my little welder. The whip is quite short, and probably is what makes this possible. But overheating the contact tip leads to broken wires and feed issues.

File comment: bird nesting? hah. what a pain.
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My buddy has a miller 211 but he's in the next town about an hour away. I'd borrow it, but I'm worried that the longer whip may create more feed issues without a spool gun. So many options. Still eyeing the everlast 185. Can probably buy it, build the boat, and sell it afterwards to keep the cost down. Yeah right, who ever sells a welder without buying a better one first?

See you on the water.

Brian


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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2018, 18:39 

Joined: 13 Nov 2014, 08:01
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Funny that you can rent a backhoe but not a welder.

I was lucky that a relative loaned me his spool gun machine. It still ate tips.

Something I learned - run an oversized contact tip (.045 for ,035 wire) so it doesn't drag as much. I suppose it doesn't transfer as much amps but it cut down on burnbacks.

If it is a one time project, then an option is to rivet it together & take it to a weld shop.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 02:37 

Joined: 09 Oct 2017, 20:11
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Outside corner welds are a little more difficult. Get yourself a backer bar/plate made out of copper. a 2"wx6"Lx 1/2" thick bar works best and cut a 45 on one end. your welds especially butt welds will improve tremendously!

Im also flat out shocked that you are getting any of that wire to feed through the "hose". Pushing aluminum wire is is like herding cats


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