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Wire feeds too quickly

I have an Hobart Handler 125 EZ Welder and I'm having a problem with it feeding the wire too quickly. Is there any way to adjust the speed?
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Some welders control wire speed with the amps control, some control amps with the wire speed control. You might try turning things up until it runs smoothly without pushing back. If you're new at welding, it does take some practice until it feels right.

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