Collection: Contact Tips
Contact tips are often overlooked, but they play a vital role in the MIG welding process. Choosing the right contact tip for your application and keeping it in good condition is essential for producing high-quality welds.
Here are some tips for choosing and using contact tips:
- Choose the right size contact tip. The contact tip should be the same size as the welding wire you are using. If the contact tip is too small, it can cause the wire to overheat and burn back. If the contact tip is too large, it can cause the wire to wander and create inconsistent welds.
- Keep the contact tip clean and free of debris. Spatter buildup and other debris can interfere with the current transfer and wire feeding. Use a wire brush to clean the contact tip after each use.
- Inspect the contact tip regularly. Look for any signs of damage, such as cracks, burrs, or wear. If the contact tip is damaged, replace it immediately.
Here are some of the problems that can occur if you use the wrong contact tip or don't maintain it properly:
- Microarcing: This is a small arc that forms between the contact tip and the wire. It can cause the wire to burn back and create inconsistent welds.
- Overheating: If the contact tip gets too hot, it can cause the wire to burn back and the liner to melt.
- Friction: If the contact tip is too tight or the liner is worn, it can cause friction that can damage the wire and lead to burn back.
- Wire jamming: If the wire is not aligned properly or the contact tip is damaged, it can cause the wire to jam.
By following these tips, you can choose and use contact tips correctly to help you produce high-quality welds.