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Old 02-15-2019, 09:44 AM
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Just bought a Millermatic 211. Should be here today...Would certainly appreciate any tips/comments...I need something smarter than me which wouldn't take a lot..Tired of looking for the sweet spot..This machine is suppose to do it automatically...
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:55 AM
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Moe, I can't speak to the Auto sweet spot, most of my problems with my 210 stem from "cant see the puddle itis"

I've had my 210 6 or 7 years now, use it infrequently and struggle each time I try to use it. I usually start out too cold and turn it up until I'm racing the leading edge of the puddle. Up-down, up-down up-down, lather rinse repete. Not sure an "auto" setting would be much help for me.

Tell us how it works for you. I'm still learning my way INTO OLD AGE... (I start around the settings on the wire door and screw it up from there)

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Old 02-15-2019, 11:38 AM
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It sounds like an "auto set" set it and go no fine tune.
If its an auto set we see them used a lot here in muffler shops they seem to weld nice enough you should have a chart inside the spool door that will tell you the one-click setting for the type and thickness of steel should be pretty simple.
"Pinnacle" brand MIG wire runs pretty well in them.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:48 AM
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I start around the settings on the wire door and screw it up from there
THIS! ^^^^ That is what I do and usually tweak towards the hot side. Make sure you have good power going to it.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:59 AM
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There's no substitute for practice with a new machine. Spend several hours in one or two sessions welding on clean scrap. If you don't weld frequently, setting your machine using scrap every time is a good idea.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:30 PM
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Moe, I can't speak to the Auto sweet spot, most of my problems with my 210 stem from "cant see the puddle itis"

I've had my 210 6 or 7 years now, use it infrequently and struggle each time I try to use it. I usually start out too cold and turn it up until I'm racing the leading edge of the puddle. Up-down, up-down up-down, lather rinse repete. Not sure an "auto" setting would be much help for me.

Tell us how it works for you. I'm still learning my way INTO OLD AGE... (I start around the settings on the wire door and screw it up from there)

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Need to get those cataracts removed. I had the same problem..I can't use that excuse anymore....I was doing the same thing as you...
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:32 PM
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THIS! ^^^^ That is what I do and usually tweak towards the hot side. Make sure you have good power going to it.
I have a dedicated 50 amp circuit for welders..I have a bunch of thin shit to weld and I can really screw that up. Hoping the auto feature will make me look good..
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:34 PM
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There's no substitute for practice with a new machine. Spend several hours in one or two sessions welding on clean scrap. If you don't weld frequently, setting your machine using scrap every time is a good idea.
That's a good practice all the time...especially me..
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There's no substitute for practice with a new machine. Spend several hours in one or two sessions welding on clean scrap. If you don't weld frequently, setting your machine using scrap every time is a good idea.
I agree. I've been welding for over 50 years now but when I'm about to weld something that is fairly critical or if I haven't run any beads in a while I'll grab a piece of scrap of similar thickness and run a few beads to set the machine up. When getting it right is important there's nothing like knowing your settings are good.

Same applies if I'm in somebody else's shop using their welder--a little practice to get things right never hurts.

We've had many different welders over the years and whenever a new one showed up we always spent some serious time practicing and playing with settings so we knew what to expect in the future. Practice in any situation makes the difference between an "OK" weld and a really good one...
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