clarke welder arcs before starting to weld

Clarke 95 120V Flux Cored Wire Welder
When I touch the wire to the metal I am going to weld on, the wire will arc and burn up. Welds great when pressing the trigger, but just the arc. What can I do?


if it is made that way ( and some 120v mig welders are made to always be hot) there is not much you can do other than try to train yourself to trim the wire very close and wear and auto dark helmet to protect your eyes from flash when it does happen.

if it is not supposed to be live when the trigger is not pulled, then you can probably get it fixed...but it might be cheaper just to sell yours on craigslist and buy one that is not hot all the time.

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