i have thoroughly wasted a day and a bunch of aluminum trying to make a simple tag bracket for my motorcycle. Im using 1/8th inch aluminum and my HH210/spoolgun combo. I am cleaning the snot out of the aluminum with a dedicated SS brush. I have my workpiece clamped to a piece of steel. I have tried every setting for current, wire speed and gas flow and every weld looks like total junk. very disgusted with it so far. i have argon set at 25, i have tried as high as 35, the tip is clean, i can hear gas flow out of the nozzle. i have tried a fast travel and slow travel. the only welds that look like they might hold for a while are HUGE, sooty, spatter everywhere, and overall very very ugly. if i slow the wire speed down in hopes of a smaller weld, the wire immediately burns back to the tip. if i speed up the feed, the weld almost immediately piles up thicker than the material im welding. im using a push method and keeping the gun at 10-15 degrees or so. ive watched youtube videos, read hobarts instructions, countless forum posts and i get junk every time i touch this spool gun. ready to throw it away, what gives?
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