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3 Easy Steps to Perfect Mig Wire Feed Speed

Friday, 17th November 2017

Mig Welders are relatively simple pieces of equipment and are easy to use, the key is getting the machine set up correctly in the first place.  Key to this is the setting the wire feed speed correctly.

A lot of smaller machines on the market, BlueMig BM-150T for example, have a helpful Chart, indicating the settings most likely to suit a given thickness of metal with a given size of wire.

Example of Welding Chart

Mig Wire Feed Speed Chart

3 Steps to Perfect Wire Feed Speed

  1. Set the wire feed speed to a level that you know will be too high for the power output setting you’re using (this may be a best guess).
  2. Start an arc on a scrap piece of metal.  With too much Wire the arc will “Stutter” and you will feel your torch bucking in your hand as the wire repeatedly hits the metal.  If it doesn’t, increase the wire feed speed, whilst welding, until it does!
  3. Whilst maintaining this Stuttering Arc, SLOWLY reduce the wire feed speed.  The Arc will suddenly run smoothly with an even “Crackle” and the torch will stop bucking in your hand.

CONGRATULATIONS, you now have the correct wire feed speed for the Power Output you’ve set on the machine and the size of wire you’re using.

Once you’ve got the setting right, it’s worth making a note of the setting for that wire and power output for future reference.  Essentially, you start writing your own chart!!!

Conclusion

Getting the correct Wire Feed Speed on a Mig Welder is critical to getting a good quality weld.

Too much wire feed will generate a lot of spatter and a lack of penetration, not to mention a weld that looks like a line of Pigeon dropping 🙂

Too little wire feed will generate a weak flat weld, possibly with undercut.

 

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Cheers

Graham

The Welders Warehouse

PS – We have some other Mig Welder related information and videos in our Support area, simply click Mig Welder Info to have a read/view.

One response to “3 Easy Steps to Perfect Mig Wire Feed Speed”

  1. Jim says:

    Cool post, but my number one tip… you know you’ve got the fight fire feed speed cause the weld makes a sound like you’re frying bacon!

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