cheap mig wire

  1. after shopping around
    i found 5kg reel of 0.6 mig wire at 10.30 inc vat at screwfix
    but that was after screwfix told me on the phone there not a dating agency
     
  2. SiPMerlin150

    SiPMerlin150 Member

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    hehe took me a few re-reads before I finally got it..:laughing:
     
  3. keith19 Forum Supporter

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    Did you buy the wire?
    Is it any good at that price?
    If not, you might have been screwed....:laughing:
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Forum Supporter

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    The fact it's cheap, and it's from screwfix, means I wouldn't buy it!
     
  5. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    But guaranteed quality with this one ;)
     
  6. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator

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    I like this quote in the Screwfix reviews:

    "this wire is excellent value for money although the copper coating appears to be very thin which gives a rough appearence and shows some sign of surface corrosion"

    If I bought wire that was already showing signs of rust then 'excellent value' are not the words I would be using.
     
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  7. SiPMerlin150

    SiPMerlin150 Member

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    I don't know why people don't like screwfix stuff, I use their MIG wires and they make perfect welds all the time...


    Heres a job I did....;)
     
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  8. cracker666

    cracker666 Don't follow me I'm lost too.

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    As a Person new to mig welding I preordered some of this and when it was in I looked at it and refused it, buying the Lincoln wire instead from the link above.
    I'm over the moon with it and its one less thing to moan at.
    Now I'm down to mig and me to moan at. Lol
    I have a massive bag of silca gell in the mig as well.

    So don't buy it coz its cheap buy it because its the best you can afford.
    Bad wire can cause more damage to the liner causing birdsnesting and drag
     
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  9. Spark plug

    Spark plug Member

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    I was forced to buy a roll of wire from machine mart the other Sunday it wasn't reely cheap nearley £36 for a 15kg roll of 0.8. It's wound awfully, all criss cross and big kinks. It's usable if you keep the wire speed up but when it is slowed down it just snags in the liner.

    Never again, I'm pleased it's nearley gone. I normally use nexus wire which I find to be excellent.
     
  10. SiPMerlin150

    SiPMerlin150 Member

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    yes i've experienced this on the non precision wound reels... about half way through the roll the wire feed kept stopping and snagging. It had me stripping the torch down and checking for liner kinks or restrictions, wire tension, spool tension... until I turned the spool over and then it began to feed fin once again.
     
  11. 200T Member

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    Biggest difference with the cheap stuff I found is that it starts to rust pretty fast & pretty badly... The HQ reel I last used didn't rust at all, stored under same conditions.
     
  12. bigrab2203

    bigrab2203 Member

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    mig wire bargain

    hi guys ive just ran out of wire and was going to go to machine mart as usual for more but i was browsing screwfix direct and saw the same 0.6mm 5kg spool for £10.30 that is £16 in machine mart so i got 2 and it was just £5 postage so i recon thats a good deal and thought i would share it as its not going to last as they are doing away with their welding supplies so this is to sell what they have left :D
     
  13. gordon stephenson

    gordon stephenson Forum Supporter

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    Screwfix have been saying for a couple of years now that they are getting out of selling welding gear,I think the quality of their wire can vary a lot, For the sake of a few quid I prefer to stick with Lincoln made wire for consistent results.
     
  14. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    +1 stick with a branded make, although you wouldn't be able to blame any poor welding on cheap wire then :whistle:
     
  15. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Duplicate threads merged.
     
  16. SiPMerlin150

    SiPMerlin150 Member

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    Just to clear any doubts...the post I made with a picture saying 'heres a weld I did with screwfix mig wire' was a joke...Just to clear that up :D

    I'm currently using weldability gasless wire and I have to say, i like it more than the Sif stuff I used previously.

    Also I cleaned the rollers in my mig and they aren't knurled?! A gasless welder with V groove rollers running gasless wire no problem...:confused:
     
  17. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    too late the damage has been done, we know you are using a pidgeon to weld with :whistle::laughing:
     
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  18. SiPMerlin150

    SiPMerlin150 Member

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    :ashamed: Its a gas/gasless pigeon..depends on what I feed it :laughing:
     
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  19. MyZuke

    MyZuke If It Dunt Fit, HAMMER IT

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    HEY, sweet weld, looked just like my arc welding, only better.
    i got 2 reels of flux cored 0.9mm 0.45kg for £15 in postage ebay.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251052101...NX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_2056wt_813

    ordered midnight wednesday, arrived dinner friday.
    works ok for me.
    and im still very new to MIG, (30-40 mins actual welding?)
    still dont think im set up right on power and wire speed yet.
    but ill get there...
     
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