What is a good wire speed for welding?

A recommended wire feed speed would fall in the range of 240 to 290 ipm with travel speeds between 14 and 19 ipm. A good rule of thumb is to keep the welding wire stickout at 5/8 inch or shorter for small diameter wires.

What happens if the wire feed speed is set too high?

Wire feed speed/amperage too high: Setting the wire feed speed or amperage too high (depending on what type of machine you’re using) can cause poor arc starts, and lead to an excessively wide weld bead, burn-through, excessive spatter and poor penetration.

How do you calculate welding wire speed?

Multiply the required amperage of your weld by the burn rate associated with the diameter of the wire to calculate the feed speed. Using our example, you would multiply the 125 amps by the 2 inch burn rate to calculate a feed speed of 250 inches per minute.

How tight should the feed roller pressure be set?

To Correctly Adjust the Tension Feed out about 50mm of welding wire. Reduce the roller tension until you can press the torch trigger and the rollers slip (wire does not feed) Grip the wire between your thumb and first finger. Your grip should be firm but not tight (no white knuckles please)

How can I improve my welding speed?

5 tips to increase welding throughput

  1. Conduct a Time Study. A good first step, a time study can help identify the true source of bottlenecks.
  2. Create a Welding Procedure Specification.
  3. Address Upstream and Preweld Processes.
  4. Increase Arc-on Time.
  5. Minimize Postweld and Downstream Activities.

What is feed rate in welding?

Feed Rate: This simply refers to the rate, again in in/min or m/min, that the wire filler metal is feed into the weld. For a stable welding arc, the burn rate and feed rate need to equal each other.

What can happen if the feed roller tension is too tight?

Too tight deforms the wire, which creates more dust and metal shavings in the wire feeder, gun and liner, leading to blockages. Deformed wire affects feedability and wears out the liner and contact tip much sooner with saw-like edges as it passes through the liner and tip.

What two factors give maximum welding speed?

The maximum travel speed capable of producing a quality weld is limited by multiple factors including filler material type, welding process, and welding position. Each of these factors must be considered when working to maximise travel speed. One often-overlooked factor is welding gas.

Why are my welds not penetrating?

Excessive heat input is usually to blame for the problem. To correct this, select a lower voltage range, reduce the wire feed speed and increase your travel speed. Conversely, insufficient heat input can cause lack of penetration, or the shallow fusion between the weld metal and the base metal.