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Old 11-14-2007, 05:13 PM
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Lincoln Handy Mig-Wire won't feed

Was welding up some holes in the cab tonight and the wire stopped feeding..pulled out the wire and re-fead agian...no good..the motor is clicking but the shaft is not turning...Sound like the motor etc is the problem? Any other ideas? Old Red ..you out there?

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The motor is running? But there is a clicking sound and the "shaft" is not turning" Are you talking about the drive roller shaft?
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too funny..

when I posted this I said to myself this is the type of thing old red will answer..I almost made the title "Old Red you out there?"

Not sure I understand your question red. When I pull the trigger I hear a click..pretty much the sound I hear under normal operation..however nothing turns after that..yes the roller that feeds the wire is not turning..

I looked at the manual on-line..my only eazy out is there's a protection device that shuts the feed down if it overheats..I only made a few small welds though..

I'll try it again later tonight...

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The click you are hearing is the contactor and/or the gas solenoid, this tells us that the switch is working and the gun is properly connected (two of the most common causes of this problem) and you should be getting power to the motor. I was not sure if you meant you heard a repeating clicking sound which would indicate that the motor was indeed running but not turning the shaft. If the motor is not turning, and I suspect that is the case, then some tests will be in order so when you get a chance to check it out let us know what you find and we will see if we can solve this.
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I think I recall reading about stripped gears on a wire feed. I don't recall if it was one of those off-shore brands.
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Check the tip out. My Century 85 quit feeding wire similarly to what it sounds like you describe. New tip, and I was right back in the game.



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I think he means the shaft and drive rollers are not turning? If the tip (or liner) is bad the rollers should be turning but slipping on the wire, I am assuming this is not happening?
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Try loosening up your roller tension adjustment and seeing if it will turn then,Could be a thick spot in the wire causing it to stall the motor.
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I tried it again this morning and it still didn't work-so it's not the protective device that acts as a circuit breaker-

I noticed the roller won't turn with no wire in it..so it doesn't appear to be the tip issue or tensioner..also noticed the roller can't be turned by hand..almost like it's jammed...

I'll give Lincoln a call this morning-

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Probably the first thing to do would be to determine whether or not the motor is receiving power when the trigger is pulled. If no power is reaching the motor then it could be a relay failure (most likely cause) or worse a circuit board failure. If the motor does receive power but is stalled out then the roller drive assembly would be the culprit and disassembly will be needed to determine the cause, this could be a component failure but it also could be as simple as just having debris jamming the drive. If the motor is receiving power but still will not run even if the drive is ok then it in all likelihood is a motor failure but this is unlikely to happen. Hopefully it is nothing more than just jammed and this occurs more often than major failure so let us know what you find.
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Thanks Red-

Maybe I'll open up that roller drive assembly tonight and look for something ovious.

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well- a motors around $150...not that I know that I need one yet..
Wouldn't take much dealer labor to run this up almost as much as the machine cost. so I'll have to try and figure it out. another possible cause mentioned by the Lincoln man..is a bad pot(wire speed)..He's supposed to fax me some lit that may help troubleshoot..
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Lucked out! Just had to jiggle everything one more time tonite...

The Handy Mig doesn't have infinite heat ranges..Just four presets..achieved with 2 rocker type switches. When I rocked one to a different position the roller started turning. After that it worked in all four positions. No clue what the heat range switch has to do with the wire feed..but it seems to be resolved...Must have been a dead spot in the switch or something..

Thanks all for the ideas..it prompted me to poke around a little more.

Keith
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