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I have a Hobart handler 120/90amp wire feed welder.When i try to weld,all i get is a small spark.I turn it off,turn it on and it does it again.The wire feed works good,it just sparks,but will not keep welding.Thanks,Jerry

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I have welded countless hours with Linde & Lincoln & even a few Hobarts & the only time that I ever had the same problem was when the ground connection either to the object I was welding, or the welding cable ground wasn't good & clean & tight. Same on stick welders also. I did develop the habit of grinding not only where I was preparing to weld, but where I was placing my ground clamp & that always provided a better "frying bacon" sound as I went along the business of pushing a bead. In a welder, the only other thing than that is involved is the step-up transformer and your wire. Hope this helps.

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