Does the wire come straight out of the torch ?

Welding wires do need a so called minimum "Cast" when decoiling from the spool. A part of the quality control is to check if the Cast is within the limits, according most standards the Cast should be at least 80 cm (32 inch.). To control this cast you can simply cut of around 3,5 mtr (11 Ft) from the spool and by putting it on the ground it is easy to measure the circle. With a wire straitener (Picture 1) the straightness can be optimized to allow the wire to come as straight as possible out of the torch. All Ceweld® welding wires are followed with a strict "Cast" control and for some critical types we even use a much higher standard upto 2 mtr. (6Ft)

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