Thank you MI GT. The gas was set at about 30 cfh . The welder itself changes the Amps and Volts while I'm welding. They fluctuate up and down. When the volts drop off is when I get the inconsistent welds. Basically I am listening to the buzz and it gets very choppy almost like the welder is turning off and on multiple times like I have a bad ground or something. The ground clamp and cable are not hot so I don't think bad ground is the issue. I even tried to put the welder in Manual mode to set my own perimeters and the same thing the amps and volts fluctuate up and down. So far this is only happening on 1/8" steel. When I practice on 1/4" the buzz and welds stay very consistent with a nice frying bacon sound.
I'm pretty sure I'm staying consistent with my stick-out depth from material and travel speed. Only thing I have noticed is my angle is not always the same but I can't see why the welder would be changing the amps and volts because of that.
I'll get some pictures of my welds and show you what I'm talking about.
this is quoted from an ESAB REP on the Welderweb forum.
Some people were asking about the functionality of the machine, so I put some of the main features below.
User Manual Built Into Machine
Wear Parts List Built in Machine for Mig Gun and Feed Roll
Built in parameter guide for each process
4 memory positions for each process
5 handle design for portability ease (pulling in and out of truck) handles also act as a bumper
4.3" Screen (larger than any machine in its class)
8" or 4" spools
Tweco Fusion gun (tweco connection), Tweco Ground Clamp, Electrode Holder, Tig Torch, and Victor Regulator
3 year warranty
100 day 100% satisfaction guarantee
Smart Mig- set wire diameter and plate thickness, the machine sets itself and adapts to how you weld. You change your stick out, the machine changes for you to keep you dialed in. This is something that we had on the Caddymig 200i called Qset. Qset was developed and improved further and the name changed to Smart Mig or SMig
Voltage Trim on SMig- welder hotter or colder based on SMig settings
Regular Mig-- set wfs and voltage
Pre and Post Gas Flow
Burn Back Control
FC Wire Selector
4 memory positions
Tweco Mig Gun Connection
Spool Gun Option
you can whip 6010 electrodes
6010/6011 electrode selector for fine tuned settings
Arc Force Control
4 memory position
DC Lift Tig
5-240 amps on 230v
Foot Control Option with pin connector
4 memory positions
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So it may be me changing my stick-out depth but that don't explain why I have very consistent welds on 1/4" then weld 1/8" and it's all over the place.
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