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Old 02-22-2006, 01:48 PM
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So what would shade consider a good wire to run in a MM 251, like he had before he sent it packing?
All I ever ran in my MM185 was L-56, and in the MM 251 L-56 and Indura. Both ran very well.

When I run wire trials I alwas get a spool of L-56 to use as my standard. The Indura wire and L-56 was almost indistinguishable. And the Indura was $0.30 per pound cheaper.

The L-56 is in the $1.50 a pound range at my distributor these days, the Thermal Arc is right around $0.82, now keep in mind this is 0.045 wire and I buy ~500 pounds at a time.

Never gave much thought to wire until BOC was bough out by Airgas and I had to switch to Radnor, that wire did not excite me.

If you are not a larger user of wire I would suggest Lincoln's L-56, it is pricey buy reliable and good. It comes down to what are you headaches worth. Volume users can run trials and see where there money is best spent. Like Scott said, it depends on the machine...
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