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    Beginners weld

    No classes just a hobby. Anything wrong with this weld?





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    Re: Beginners weld

    I can't see anything. Pic too small. Please upload full resolution pic.
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    Re: Beginners weld

    Looks a bit too cold... I don't see fusion happening, here. Up the amps and move the electrode/wire a bit from side to side to keep the heat burning it in.

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    Re: Beginners weld

    Travel speed too low, and/or not enough heat

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    Re: Beginners weld

    Are you pushing the gun? It looks like you pulled that weld.
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    Re: Beginners weld

    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    I can't see anything. Pic too small. Please upload full resolution pic.



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    Excellent, thanks guys. More heat and push a bit faster.


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    Re: Beginners weld

    Tell us what you are using and what your settings are. What type of machine, voltage, wire speed, wire gauge, type of gas, flow rate or pressure, type of metal, gauge or thickness of metal. Videos are helpful. You can get a 10 shade glass 2”x4.25” and strap it to your smart phone with rubber bands to take videos.


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    Re: Beginners weld

    Can see better with the close up pic. Needs more heat (wire speed) and turn the corresponding volts up a little more to flatten and widen the bead. Also slowly twist your wrist side to side or go in little circles instead of just pushing in a straight line. It ensures proper fusion at the toes of the weld. Pretty good for a beginner though.

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    Re: Beginners weld

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey.penfield View Post
    Tell us what you are using and what your settings are. What type of machine, voltage, wire speed, wire gauge, type of gas, flow rate or pressure, type of metal, gauge or thickness of metal. Videos are helpful. You can get a 10 shade glass 2”x4.25” and strap it to your smart phone with rubber bands to take videos.


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    Will do. I will be practicing some more this weekend.
    Thanks for all of the pointer, greatly appreciated!


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    Re: Beginners weld

    So my settings on the weld above:
    17.5v 200ipm 10ga steel 75/25 gas
    Welding machine is a Vulcan 220

    Everyone says it looks cold, pulled and too slow travel.

    What should I set the machine to?


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    Settings are subjective. First try turning volts up a bit and see if it flattens the bead out. Then try turning wire feed up. You have a baseline so just change one setting at a time from the baseline. You're very close. One thing that wasn't mentioned is your wire stick out. Keep the stick out 3/8" or less if you can. Tilt the nozzle enough so you can look in front of it to see what the puddle is doing. Have seen some people try to look behind the nozzle or the nozzle is straight up and down so they can't see the puddle and are guessing.

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    Re: Beginners weld

    Quote Originally Posted by BhmJeep View Post
    So my settings on the weld above:
    17.5v 200ipm 10ga steel 75/25 gas
    Welding machine is a Vulcan 220

    Everyone says it looks cold, pulled and too slow travel.

    What should I set the machine to?
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    Best way to determine needs for a situation is to develop a "feel/visual" for what is needed via amps and wire speed, rather than depending on machine settings. You can do this on flat plate by experimenting with amps and speed and movement of the gun. When you arrive at what you deem acceptable, then, make a note of the settings for future use. As you learn, it all becomes second nature.

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    Re: Beginners weld

    On my machine I would probably be around 18 to 19 volts, wire speed will set itself according to voltage but can control it separately some, you want the weld to sound kind of like bacon sizzling, when you get there and can visualize the "puddle" you'll see how the filler will tie in to the sides. I agree that the bead profile should flatten some, the bottom of the bead looks to have almost no tie in, other than than the bead is beautiful, and that's the problem with mig, you can throw down a bead so cold that you can almost lift it off the material.
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    Re: Beginners weld

    I am not an expert like these other guys, just a beginner like you. But what I noticed was like in all welds, when you can see the weld puddle, you will have penetration and you will know how fast or slow to run it.
    Weld puddle is all you think about and things will go better for you.


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