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    Hey everybody. I need a little help. I bought an old sidekick off a guy I work with. It has .023 wire running through the original ga-16c gun. Every time I try to weld my wire gets balled up after the feed roller but before it enters the liner collet or liner. I cut out the bad part and pull the trigger and the ire feeds fine I'm not burning back into the tip. I've tried different feeds and it doesn't seem to matter. The wire is pretty old so my first thought is change out the spool. If it still happens after that, any ideas

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    Originally posted by Smmjbarney View Post
    Hey everybody. I need a little help. I bought an old sidekick off a guy I work with. It has .023 wire running through the original ga-16c gun. Every time I try to weld my wire gets balled up after the feed roller but before it enters the liner collet or liner. I cut out the bad part and pull the trigger and the ire feeds fine I'm not burning back into the tip. I've tried different feeds and it doesn't seem to matter. The wire is pretty old so my first thought is change out the spool. If it still happens after that, any ideas
    which feed rolls do you have installed...??

    and the gun liner... correct for wire size..?? clean..??...

    correct contact tip in good condition..??
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    • #3
      Is the wire clean or rusty? Will it feed with the tip removed?...Bob
      Bob Wright

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      • #4
        It has the correct feed rollers and new contact tip. I am going to blow out the liner to make sure it's clean. The wire feeds with the tip out. The wire is pretty rusty. That's why I'm going to try another roll

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Smmjbarney View Post
          It has the correct feed rollers and new contact tip. I am going to blow out the liner to make sure it's clean. The wire feeds with the tip out. The wire is pretty rusty. That's why I'm going to try another roll
          RUSTY WIRE..!!!!!!

          Toss it and put on a clean roll........

          might need to replace the gun liner too after running rusty wire...
          Last edited by H80N; 09-06-2016, 06:33 PM.
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          *******************************************
          The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

          “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

          Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

          My Blue Stuff:
          Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
          Dynasty 200DX
          Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
          Millermatic 200

          TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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          • #6
            Rusty wire...no es bueno. <br />
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            Don't be cheap, toss it. You might have cost yourself a new liner there brother man. <br />
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            Sometimes, depending on how much is left on the roll, you might be able to spin some of the rusty stuff off and get to good wire under it. But check the sides of the roll too, a lot of the time that will be rusty as well.

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            • #7
              The large roll of rusty wire that was in my old MM200 when I bought it got replaced before I ever fed wire through the machine. It now has a prominent place hanging in the garage as material to tie back brake calipers when working on vehicles, is great for hanging small items from tree limbs for painting, and other general uses. At my age, it is far more than a lifetime supply. Welding? Not!

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              • #8
                When I salvaged this MM250 from under that redneck's tree, it had a darn near full 44lbs roll on it, all rusted up. It was a shame to toss it in the scrap bin to wait for its turn to go to the recycler, but ya gonna do? I guess I could've stripped the 40 miles of wire off the roll, sanded the rust off and rolled it back up?

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