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  • cubangt
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    Well i guess the thing is i dont need wire, just needed to find the proper way to setup for the smaller spool is all. I have i think 1 or 2 more rolls but they are all small spool, so would need to make sure i have it setup right to hold it snug.. We should be heading out there tomorrow morning and who knows how long we will be there.. but should be fun.

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  • ryanjones2150
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    Dude, my buddy just text me and said he made it to the camp grounds. I could've sent it with him! I almost took a shift of vacation and went this weekend too. I'm planning on going next weekend though. If you're up for camping at renfest, cmon out. <br />
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    And I was just out that way, it's where I scored this 13" south bend lathe. Not quite to Katy, but close. <br />
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    You should be able to get Lincoln brand welding wire at lowes or Home Depot. My LWS is open on Saturday until noon, so call around. Ace hardware carries some welding wire too, might be forney brand? Not sure if that's right.

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  • cubangt
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    Noticed you are out in Beaumont, appreciate the offer on the wire.. unless you will be at the Renfest this saturday but thanks

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  • cubangt
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    Thanks, wasnt really looking for cheap brand stuff online, but the good stuff just online, since there arent many places around me open on weekends where i can pick it up. I work til 5 during the week and most suppliers are closed or closing by that time..

    Im located in katy, Tx

    I dont mind buying the larger spools, just not sure where to get it locally.
    thanks

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  • ryanjones2150
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    I've never bought welding wire online. I generally try to use what I can get locally so it's always the same. Just get good quality stuff. You never know what's in that cheap stuff or how consistent it will be from spool to spool. <br />
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    I have found that my LWS buys certain wires in certain diameters and spool sizes by the container load, so they can sell it cheaper. For example, I can get a spool of esab .045 dual shield in a 44lb spool for the same prices as I can get the same wire in a .035 10lb-er, simply because they buy so much of it and get such a good price on the stuff. <br />
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    Where are you located? If you're near me, I accidentally bought an extra 10lb roll of .035 solid wire I'll let you have. I don't run .035 in my small machine and only have the 10lb one for a backup to my 44lb spools in my big machine. Now I have two 10lb spools, it'll take me forever to use it and it'll be a bag of rust by then.

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  • cubangt
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    I really appreciate the suggestions and guidance, guess when i was setting it up, i didnt take the time to pay attention, im using the smaller spools because i had them left over and never used from my first small welder and having lost my job, wasnt looking to spend money on parts i already had..

    I should be out welding this weeking, so i will relook at my setup, and try and follow all the suggestions and steps provided to make it work.

    Is there a good online source for the larger spools without breaking the bank?

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  • ryanjones2150
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    I have the same backup wire. I also do it with welding gases. Have a couple of small cylinders as reserve.

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  • xryan
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    I usually keep a few small spools of various sizes and alloy's of wire, my **** lawyer Murphy always works more overtime. I few times this Boy Scout was prepared and I put one over on him and had a spare little spool to finish that job where...$#%&([email protected]$%# I only have a few more welds to finish, it's late at night or Saturday and everyone is closed.

    I just snug up the nut so there is the slightest drag so the spool won't freewheel. Never had any trouble with any of them on any machine.

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  • Broccoli1
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    In general the small spools are a pain to use- you really need to set up the tension on the retaining nut just about perfect for them to spool out nicely.

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  • Broccoli1
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    5-13. Installing Wire Spool And Adjusting Hub Tension

    https://www.millerwelds.com/files/ow...53392J_MIL.pdf

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  • xryan
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    Your machine already has all the parts. You take the adaptor off to use small spools...unscrew the big plastic retaining nut, pull the adaptor off. Unscrew the metal nut/spring/washer, insert small spool, put washer/spring/nut back on and tighten so there is a bit of drag. Go make sparks.

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  • ryanjones2150
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    I did a similar setup to put an itty bitty spool of 308 wire into my MM250. Just a spring with a washer and a nut. Outside of looking ridiculous having that tiny spool in the big machine, it works very well.

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  • aametalmaster
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    Here is how I made my adapter and the spring I am talking about...Bob

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  • cubangt
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    ok cool, yea i did the washer portion, but not the spring, ill have to pick that up on the way home and setup..

    thanks

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  • aametalmaster
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    Get a 5/8" id compression spring and a washer at the hardware store and slip some of it on the spindle past the spool so the nut tightens up and pushes against the spool...Bob

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