I’m not sure if this should go here or over in Tips’N’Tricks. Move as you feel is warranted.
My Hobart AutoArc 130 was having some wire feed problems which I couldn’t fix otherwise. I called up my local welding supply store and asked their opinion. They said that my problem might be in excessive friction in the wire liner between the machine and the gun and so I should try some liner lube grease. It would run me about 20$ and I’d need to drive 70 miles round trip. Well crap…
I know for guns and fishing reels, one wants to use a silicone based lube/protectant because it won’t get dirt stuck in it causing further issues. I didn’t have any gun and reel lube on hand but I did have some silicone based… Ahem Bedroom lube.
I had my roomate stand and pull the wire through the gun while I dripped lube on to bit of paper towel soaked in more lube which was wrapped around the wire being pulled into the liner.
HOLY CRAP, IT IS SO MUCH BETTER!
Adult shops around here usually have “sample sized” packets of the stuff for .50 cents though I live in a fairly “Progressive” part of the country. I’m not sure how easy it would be to find in the center of the Bible Belt where it seems like a lot of our members live. Worst case, online it’s 10$+shipping for a 2oz bottle that will last a LONG time. HERE NOT SAFE FOR WORK!