I learned stick at sea came home bought a 140 Hobart on ebay for $350 and taught myself MIG with some help from friends. My first and current project is a rear tire carrier.
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With flux core, take the sheath off the tip, it won't go through tips quite as fast. Get some welding paste to dip the tip in once in a while too, to help them last longer. If you're having trouble laying a bead, try slowing the wire speed down. Prep-grinding is everything too.
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Same here, if the metal is dirty at all, it spatters all over the place. I'll have to try taking the sheath off the tip so I can get in some tighter spots. Or I think my HH140 came with a flux tip.
One of my first welding projects was my exhaust, which was pretty tough since it was thin steel. Burned through a bunch. Just keep the heat setting low. I followed the recommended settings on the inside of the welder, and I'm sure you can find the same stuff online for your welder.
Welding thicker stuff is definitely easier to get the hang of because you can go slowers and really focus on the technique.
Light weight sheet metal will be harder to learn to weld. To keep from burning through use a heavier piece of metal behind it helps a little.
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For those who have not figured this out I'm old school but can handle the new too.
One of my fist projects- a bracket to hold the CO2/argon tank on a trailer. Here is the right angle Jig
Before you tackle an actual project though you should look into making something like this. This was the second thing other than random scraps I ever welded. It teaches you a lot about angles/joints and just welding in general. Good luck man!
first project. what you guys think? i keep getting lots of splatter even if im cleaning the metal beforehand. I've also tried limiting the wire feed but i still get splatter. I also regularly burnt through the thin metal but with the thicker L channel pieces i think i did really good for a first project.
I've got the same welder, and am well aware of what it can and can't do. I bought it for a few simple projects and it's worked fine, but... I ditched the wire that came with it and bought some nice Hobart flux core. It made a huge difference for me. If you can rule out cheap wire, then it will be easier to practice welding. Otherwise it's hard to tell whether it's inexperience or the wire causing your issues.