Setting up for mig welding

  1. james marnell Member

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    Ok so I know this question has probably been asked several times but I cant seem to find anything so i my welder doesn't have a suggested settings chart and tbh I'm completely list at how to set this for the first time is there a generic chart I could use ???
     
  2. roblane65

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    Have you read the mig tutorials ?
     
  3. james marnell Member

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    Yeah I did I tried the settings calculator aswell but no joy what I'm wondering is are all the charts the come with mig welder specific to each welder or could I print one off from a Clark welder say and use it to get in the ball park with my settings ??
     
  4. roblane65

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    the amps to metal thickness ratio should be the same ish regardless of which brand it is.
     
  5. james marnell Member

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    Ok great so any chart will do
     
  6. james marnell Member

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    Thanks I'll have a butcher's
     
  7. Morrisman

    Morrisman Forum Supporter

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    I had a sheet of settings in the manual with my Rtech 180, amps v wire speed for certain thicknesses of steel.

    The odd thing was they were virtually identical for all types of joint, maybe a couple of slightly different ones.
     
  8. james marnell Member

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    That is abit strange maybe the mechine is just a beast lol
     
  9. tom2207 Member

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    normally set every thing to the middle , and give it a go , ,
    rough guide an amp per thou ,,, 40 amps to the mm for the new guys
    wire speed till the weld sounds like bacon in the pan frying ..... lightly toasted tofu for the quiche eaters
    and the gas flow roughly so it sounds like a small snake is on your shoulder ,,, or a small leak if you have a futon.
    that will all get you going ,, after that its just a question of playing
    Patience and Practice.
    hth
     
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  10. roblane65

    roblane65 Member

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    The amps to thickness can take a bit more effort when your digital and in Volts though.:welder:
     
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  12. roblane65

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    Can u you reprint that out again Tom with the thickness and wire in metric ?:scared:
     
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  13. tom2207 Member

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    I just put mig wire amps guide , into google , and you get a choice of loads ,, they are all more or less the same.
     
  14. tom2207 Member

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    what sort of welder are you using ..?
     
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  15. roblane65

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    Me or James ? hold on I'm thinking of another request that seemed far to easy for you.:laughing:
     
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  16. james marnell Member

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    I'm using a blackline mig/mma 200 amp
     
  17. james marnell Member

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    I did google it but wasnt sure if it would be the same for my mechine
     
  18. james marnell Member

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    Well I think I can control both as iv an amps and volts knob so will play about with them :thumbup:
     
  19. Seadog

    Seadog Forum Supporter

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    If you look at the panel you'll see that you can only twiddle one or the other depending whether you're in MMA or MIG mode.

    MIG is constant voltage MMA is constant current.
     
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  20. james marnell Member

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    Ahh ok so the mig /mma switch will turn w/f motor on and swaps from amps to volts I take it
     
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