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That helps a bit.. Those aren't bad as long as you aren't trying to weld anything too thick (greater than 1/4"). The main problem with them is the ground clamp, in short, they are terrible. It is best to cut them off and get a good old school copper ground clamp and make sure it is attached to clean, freshly ground metal on the work piece. If you can't get your hands on a good clamp, crimp (or solder) on a copper lug and attach it to clean, freshly ground metal with a pair of vice grips. Most of the MIG problems I've run across have been rooted in poor grounds. Give that a try and report back, it should clear things up for you.
Thank you Len for the video. I will try to go get a better ground clamp tomorrow when I'm off and try some of those techniques. It just baffles me why the welder worked fine a week ago but now is spattering so bad. Thanks for your help.
Got the hinges welded on. My welds look like a 2 year old did them. It's clean metal good ground and still having problems. It must be operator error. Lol. Who knows. I know I can grind them down and clean them up to look decent but I would rather not have to do that.
Do you wear reading glasses to read a newspaper? I have to wear glasses to weld in order to see the puddle. The bases of those hinges are thick and that welder doesn't have enough amperage to get good puddle started on thick metal. You can help that by heating it up with a torch and move the puddle very slowly to get some penetration.
Wait, you used this welder with gas before and didn't have a problem? If you switch from gas and solid wire to flux wire on a compact machine you must reverse the polarity of the leads in the machine.....
Welder not elder........
Dave thanks for this tip but I did that. I have the .035 on it and using .035 wire. I'm wondering if it might be the wire. I bought it from tractor supply. But I figure it should be decent wire. I had smokingunny on FaceTime while I ran a bead on some scrap and he agreed the sound was consistent but it didn't look like it was penetrating the metal very weld. I mean I feel 125amp should be big enough to this build. The welder is fairly new too. I'm starting to wish I would have just bought a Hobart
Take a picture of the ground clamp if you don't mind and check if the wire connection to it is a copper ring terminal. If so, you can remove the clamp, grind a spot, and clamp the ring terminal to the metal and try that. Can you still take it back to Tractor Supply and exchange it? They are really good at standing behind their stuff.