|02-11-2007 09:41 AM|
|oldred||Adtkart, You bet that makes a difference! I blow out my welders regularly and even if it has only been a day or so there usually is quite a bit of junk comes out of there. I had a fellow bring his little Hobart over because it would overheat almost as soon as he started welding and when blowing it out did not help we opened the case, it had a large mouse nest almost completely surrounding the transformer! We removed that mess and the problem disappeared|
|02-11-2007 08:42 AM|
To expand on what Red said, it's a good idea to blow the machine out every once in a while also. I don't know of many garages that don't have dust, and it likes to collect in any type of machinery, specially stuff that operates on electricity. If there is a fan in there, it will suck up more dust than a shop vac.
|02-10-2007 09:07 PM|
|oldred||Thats what happens when the duty cycle is exceeded or some machines just shut off, an extension cord can make this problem even worse. Make sure the wiring is up to par and if an extension cord is used it must be sufficient in size to carry the current. If the wiring is in order I have seen the problem helped, but not eliminated by adding a fan to the welder case to help cool the transformer, a fan is not always used from the factory on some cheaper outfits and these always benefit from the addition of one. Even welders that are already cooled can usually benefit from the addition of a larger fan. This may not be a practical thing to do in every case but it is something to be considered.|
|02-10-2007 08:31 PM|
|captmetal||i have a 110v lincoln a great welder but if i used it a lot it does the same thing , i learned that the transformer inside are just getting overheated and it seems to reduce the power, it takes a long time for it cool off, usally i wait till the next day to finish, or if i can i take breaks before it heats up.|
|12-17-2006 11:12 AM|
|oldred||I too have used sandblasting to prep weld areas for years and welding body sheetmetal that has been blasted is about as common as anything can be. There is a theory (or rumor) that the silica embedded in the metal can cause a loss of strength on body panels because the amount of silica will be high in proportion to the size of the weld puddle. Personally I think this is a bunch of bull and is of no real concern but since it is so easy to remove it may be a good idea to do so, as far as being able to tell a difference in the welding characteristics I can't see much if any difference.|
|12-17-2006 12:33 AM|
I am doing my best imitation of Homer Simpson,
Doh ( :o (|)
it was the contact tip
|12-16-2006 09:56 PM|
Ripped What kind of wire are you using ? I read throught this thread and don't see this mentioned . Hope you get it sorted out .
|12-16-2006 06:39 PM|
Sandblasted metal not easy to weld? That blows me away, I have never noticed!
Have you changed the tip? If you tip gets worn out (its hole gets larger where the wire comes out) it can't transfer the amperage to the wire.
|12-16-2006 05:15 PM|
Thanks for all the advice. I have read through the posts. I tried to make certain my ground was better, prepped the welds a little differently. Tried a couple welds, then promptly ran out of wire. Tried again the next day, and ran out of gas!
So I had the tank filled today. I asked the tool place (where I bought the welder) about a trade up to a new welder. It's funny how the story changes, from when I bought the used welder off of them, how it was no problem to trade in/upgrade. Today it's a little different story, surprise -surprise Anyway, got a recharge, and I bought some new contact tips.
I told him that I'd come back and check out the new welder at another time (NOT)
So I'll try again, tonight, after xmas shopping.
|12-15-2006 05:30 PM|
|oldred||Silica embedded in the metal surface. It does not seem to be much of a problem on thick stock but on something as thin as body panels it probably is not a good idea, however it is easy to remove so if you clean it good before welding it should not be a problem.|
|12-15-2006 02:36 PM|
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|12-15-2006 06:10 AM|
Why Care to elaborate
|12-14-2006 06:19 PM|
|12-14-2006 06:13 PM|
|STATUTORY GRAPE||Not sure if this is the problem your having,,,BUT,,, on my welder one time the roll of wire got a light coating of rust on it from moisture and from not being used in a while so the wire wouldn't slide through the cable to the handle (it would stick) so sometimes it would weld and other times it just hissed. Also, if the cable that the wire slides through gets kinked the wire won't slide either. I ended up taking the handle apart and cleaning the cable and I found a kink that I straightened and it works like new again|
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