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    Angry Millermatic 212 possessed

    I bought a Millermatic 212 a few months ago for my garage. It gets used for projects but not everyday. It is stored inside a climate controlled area with my other tools

    The wire feed keeps doing crazy things. I was using the Auto speed feature but when my son was welding it kept freaking out, stopping and clicking until you turned it off. Now on the manual speed setting I will stop welding and it will just keep spooling out wire. It does this regularly but not always. One time it just spewed out gas and no wire till I turned it off and one time it quit doing anything at all until I turned off the machine. I checked the connections where the gun is plugged into the machine and they seem ok.

    What the heck is going on with this thing? I bought this thing to replace my old Century 250 machine and it has not been pleasant so far....

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    3 year warranty.....have it checked out.

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    Default Thank you for the illustration

    This wonderful illustration is just what I needed to remind me, as a hobbyist, why I went straight to Tig and never got involved in MIG

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlahonta View Post
    This wonderful illustration is just what I needed to remind me, as a hobbyist, why I went straight to Tig and never got involved in MIG
    LOL. That is funny because I wanted to buy a tig machine but popped for the Mig. I find TIG easier although I have not done much of it. Of course it is easier on the bench but would be a pita in a car.

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    Here it is on video..




    Last edited by fordsbyjay; 05-11-2013 at 08:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlahonta View Post
    This wonderful illustration is just what I needed to remind me, as a hobbyist, why I went straight to Tig and never got involved in MIG
    What does this even mean? This is the first time I have ever heard of any issue what so ever with a 212. Are you suggesting migs are unreliable or something?

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    One of the trigger wires has shorted thru the tape that is wrapped around the guns neck. I see it all the time with MM252's. Turn the guns neck collar and slide the plastic handle down onto the cable and the trigger will be exposed now. Have a look at the tape. I just use a new slice of tape and put it back together...Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by aametalmaster View Post
    One of the trigger wires has shorted thru the tape that is wrapped around the guns neck. I see it all the time with MM252's. Turn the guns neck collar and slide the plastic handle down onto the cable and the trigger will be exposed now. Have a look at the tape. I just use a new slice of tape and put it back together...Bob
    I unplugged the wire connection at the mig and it kept on doing it so I think it is something internal. I will definitely check it out first thing. Thanks.

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    Default don't open anything

    It is under warranty! Let the service center play with it. Sounds like a relay is stuck. Maybe even a board problem. We have a 212 at work that has had feed problems since new. One of the drive rolls was cut too deep. With the tension maxed out I could still pull wire through it by hand. Turned down the wire run in setting also. Now 1 guy at work likes the machine. The rest of use will take the beat up, grinding-dust encrusted Lincoln 215's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aametalmaster View Post
    One of the trigger wires has shorted thru the tape that is wrapped around the guns neck. I see it all the time with MM252's. Turn the guns neck collar and slide the plastic handle down onto the cable and the trigger will be exposed now. Have a look at the tape. I just use a new slice of tape and put it back together...Bob
    Agree with Bob on this one as our 252 has done the same thing. Easy fix though
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