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  1. #1
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    Default welding aluminum with the spoolmate 100

    I recently purchased a Millermatic 211, and also got the spoolmate 100 spool gun to try some aluminum welding. The welder works awesome on the steel projects i have done, but i cant seem to get the spoolgun to work like i want. I have a hard time getting a puddle to form, the wire seems to burn up before it hits the metal. I have tried the settings recommened on the machine, and tried extreme settings but it doesnt seem to change much. When i leave the wire out about 3/4", it seems to just dissapear when i pull the trigger. I used .030 5356 wire at first, but switched to .030 4043, which seems to be better in that i can sort of leave a bead, but still cant see a puddle or wire, just a glow. I am using 100 % argon gas. I am trying to weld 1/8" thick aluminum sheetmetals and sqare tubing. Any information is appreciated. Thanks.

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    Try turning the thickness to 3/8, & wfs to 100.

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    Not too familiar with that spoolmate but on a spoolmate 30 I think I ALWAYS start out with my voltage on 5 or so and keep my finger on the wire/amperage adjustment and start out with TOO much wire and then back it down. Also, make sure you are using 100% argon....NO C25....I almost always push the puddle with a spoolgun
    Quote Originally Posted by jhamm75 View Post
    I recently purchased a Millermatic 211, and also got the spoolmate 100 spool gun to try some aluminum welding. The welder works awesome on the steel projects i have done, but i cant seem to get the spoolgun to work like i want. I have a hard time getting a puddle to form, the wire seems to burn up before it hits the metal. I have tried the settings recommened on the machine, and tried extreme settings but it doesnt seem to change much. When i leave the wire out about 3/4", it seems to just dissapear when i pull the trigger. I used .030 5356 wire at first, but switched to .030 4043, which seems to be better in that i can sort of leave a bead, but still cant see a puddle or wire, just a glow. I am using 100 % argon gas. I am trying to weld 1/8" thick aluminum sheetmetals and sqare tubing. Any information is appreciated. Thanks.

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    This has been posted more than few times, try a search on the Spoolmate. It all comes down to a tip issue for this model.

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    It sounds like your wire feed is not high/fast enough. Also there is issues with the tips.
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    Wire feed speed check your manual what kind of wire speed they have on the newer units not as fast as they used to be don't ask me how I know.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. Ill do a search on the spoolgun.

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    460 Ipm on 211 auto set is tops I have a older 140 that will do 600 Ipm a little bit of difference the 140 has got plenty wire speed but not enough heat for aluminium millermatic 252 700 Ipm tops

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    I didn't have any problems with the tips provided.

    AL can be frustrating - everything needs to be set up precisely, any minor change has a major effect😜

    Push while welding al.
    Stick out
    Contact tip to work distance- the distance between the end of the wire and the work

    Check the drive roll tension on the gun

    Once arc is established you gotta boogety boogety as it is a lot faster than welding steel.

    The bottle of Argon could be contaminated
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    Use 035 instead and up your speed if your using the 30
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