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Mechanical Solutions

to Wire Feeding Problems


There are a number of items that should be checked in the wire feeding system.  The table below outlines what Items should be considered, the Possible Problem and the Probable Solution


Item/ Photo Possible Problem Probable Solution
Starting at the wire package;

Is the wire exposed and getting dirt, grinding dust, fine spatter, etc on the wire surface?

The wire should be kept clean.  SEE OUR MUD FLAP PRODUCT,
Has the spool or coil tension adjustment been set properly? Be sure the tension is set to have a slight run-on of the spool or coil when it is full.  That will be the minimum acceptable setting.
Is the feed roll properly aligned with the inlet and outlet guides?.  Is the feed roll tension set to the minimum level?  Or are wire shavings causing copper flakes to build-up under the feed rolls? Align wire by adjusting feed roll. Adjust feed roll tension to the minimum acceptable level to feed wire.  If aligned and wire shavings are still visible, it could be the wire.  SEE WIRE SOLUTIONS,
Are copper flakes under the feed rolls even when it is properly aligned?  Check the flakes with a magnet- - bet its magnetic! FIND THE MYSTERY OF MAGNETIC COPPER!
Has the Torch Wire Liner been cleaned recently?  Cleaning or replacing dirty liners is often the solution to wire feeding problems.  Consult your MIG torch manufacturer regarding how to clean and change liners.    Residual "Dirt or Excess Wire Drawing Lubricant" on the wire will cause liner clogging be solved with our  "DRY WIPES"
Is the contact tip  clogged with debris or is a notch worn which pinches the wire? Replace with a new tip.  Consider our "DRY WIPES"  to reduce the amount of accumulated debris.



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