MIG Gas pressure

I have a Lincoln SP175+ and was wondering how much pressure YOU use with a
75/25 mix and .030 wire. My gas seems to be getting used up a little fast.
Steve
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Steve
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Actually you don't use pressure, you use flow and it should usually be about 20 CFH unless you're welding outside in a light breeze and then you need a bit more, maybe 25 CFH.
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Keith Marshall
I've used bottles with 3000 psi on down to 100 psi. That is when I try to change the bottle. I have used this pressure range with .023 .030 .035 and .045 wire. most often using 75/25 mix but once using 80/20 mix. For some reason I have never got CO2 bottle with pressure of 3000 psi it is mostly 1500psi maximum pressure. I have no idea what the reduced pressure is to the welder when using flow gage regulator as I only set by CFH. When using Victor flow meter I use 35 psi to supply the flow meter as instructed by victor but I am sure the pressure is much lower after passing through needle valve that controls flow rate. I have a blood pressure gage that is calibrated in milimeters of mercury that might read welder input pressure if you really need to know.
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R. Duncan
Flow meters are set to different low side pressures, usually 35-50PSI. Be sure the one you use is compatible with your mig welder and doesn't have too high a low side pressure.
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cope
Smith makes flowmeter with 75PSI supply from regulator I believe.
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R. Duncan
I am using the factory supplied regulator. Any suggestions for just a plain off the rack regulator?
SteveB
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SteveB
It should be equipped with a flow gauge calibrated in CFH. Set it to 20 CFH. Tanks are rated in CF, so a 122 CF tank should last 6.1 hours at a flow of 20 CFH. That's actual trigger down time, of course. When you aren't actually welding, there's no flow.
Gary
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Gary Coffman

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