Wire feed problems

  1. Specialist Member

    Posts: 51
    Europe, Cro
    Ok, so I bought Einhell BT-GW150 today. It's a small MIG, range 25-125 A. I seem to have a problem with wire feed. While it feeds wire (0.8 mm) ok, the feeding mechanism makes a loud grinding noise while the trigger is depressed. It sounds really wrong somehow, should it make that noise or not? I know it's a cheap feed mechanism with just two rollers and small motor, but this noise seems excessive. It looks much like the SIP wire feed. Does that wire feed also have grinding noises while working?

    I am trying to determine is it normal, or should I take it back to the store. Apart from that noise, welder works and welds just fine. Any help appreciated.
     
  2. peterd51

    peterd51 happy to be here!

    Hi,

    I'd take it back. I assume they'll replace it for you under a guarantee?

    If it's normal then the replacement will make the same sounds but if it is faulty and you use it for a few months until it fails then you'll have to fight to get anything done with it.

    Regards
    Peter
     
  3. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

    Does your wire reel spin freely or are the rollers marking the wire ? Try loosening things off a bit, you should be able to stop the wire with a gloved finger. If it's too tight it will keep pushing and bunch up
     
  4. Specialist Member

    Posts: 51
    Europe, Cro
    Ok, an update - I've been back to the store and they have been kind enough to open another few new welders same as mine, and results are - the same noise is there! I guess it's a design issue, since all are the same. I'll just have to live with it I guess, and send it back for guarantee if it fails. It seems odd to me that such a nicely laid out machine would have such an unpleasant sound of wire feeder, but it is so. I've tried it again, and it welds fine, I'm learning to ignore that sound now :)

    Rollers are set up pretty low on tightness, wire can be stopped with two fingers if needed - it slips on the rollers. Otherwise it feeds just fine, and welder works good. Thanks for all of your help, I guess I have to get used to cheap MIG's, since I'm using ESAB and Lincoln at work, they are a different sort of beast though. You cant have everything for the price cant you.
     
  5. peterd51

    peterd51 happy to be here!

    Hi,

    have a radio in the workshop...turn the volume up so you can't hear the wheels grinding! :-)

    Regards
    Peter
     
  6. Specialist Member

    Posts: 51
    Europe, Cro
    Well thats the best advice I've heard hehe. Might just do that, there is an old radio somewhere in the corner! I guess as long as it works, I wont sweat it too much...
     
  7. martinez

    martinez Member

    Posts: 77
    west mids uk
    what, you weld in silence ! recomend BBC radio2 after 7pm
     
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