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Old 07-12-2014, 11:27 PM
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century 85 amp welder

i have a century 85 amp wire feed welder i found at a garage sale. brought it home and plugged it in, it hums real loud and then kicks the breaker after about 45 seconds. it will feed the wire out when it is on but kinda slow.got a good deal on it,hope its a easy fix.anybody got any ideas?

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post a model number.. It might be a Lincoln or a real Century by it's MFR date or model number.. Lincoln and Century are now the same company
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if it's been used a lot then the feeder tube inside the hose may be shot and will need replacing. this is one reason of slow wire feeds. sounds like the transformer is going south with the loud hummmm
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it is model number 117-050 iv'e saw on different sites people were calling it a century 100 it says 85 amp on the case.
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To small of a welder to even mess with. Toss it in the scrap pile.
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To small of a welder to even mess with. Toss it in the scrap pile.
I hope this guy is just trying to be funny. An answer like that doesn't HELP anyone.

The op bought it at a garage sale. Maybe that's all he could afford right now and he just wants to try making it work.

I don't mean to step on anyone's toes. I'm just tired of seeing answers like this.


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I hope this guy is just trying to be funny. An answer like that doesn't HELP anyone.

The op bought it at a garage sale. Maybe that's all he could afford right now and he just wants to try making it work.

I don't mean to step on anyone's toes. I'm just tired of seeing answers like this.


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Okay.......The welder is pretty small. Your not going to be able to do much at all with the machine. Honestly it probably isn't worth putting hardly any money into at all to fix. You might get away welding some 20 gauge sheet metal together with it but other than that it's going to be useless. I doubt it'll even weld exhaust pipe together. You could tear the case off the welder to see if there are any broken wires or any shorts but beyond that I wouldn't mess with it.
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update on the welder, went to the shop this afternoon figured i try the welder again.took the covers off and rapped things with a hammer and it started working, no kicking the breaker anymore.now the wire feed stutters but hopefully i can figure that out.
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Thank's for the update. Glad it's working out for you. I've always liked making things work rather than throwing money at the problem. I'll admit that I have a "magic hammer" in my toolbox too.


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With the wire feed stutter......pull the welder back as far from the work piece as possible then try welding and see if that helps the problem. Pull it back far enough that it feels like your gonna pull the welder forward and try it. Keeping it as straight as possible is always idea especially when running flux core wire.

Did it turn on and run fine before when at idle? Then when you started welding it kicked the breaker after 45 seconds? Or would it kick the breaker at idle?
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Try this test. Put the end of the nozzle at 45 degrees to a piece of wood, and pull the trigger. If the wire comes out steady, and doesn't slow or stop, then the issue isn't feed wheels or tension. If it doesn't come out, or you can easily stop it at this angle, then try adjusting the wheel tensioner. If that doesn't help, then the liner on the feed might be worn out and catching.
If you banged it and got it to stop being noisy, then it might have a connection issue. Check all the connections (WITH POWER UNPLUGGED!) to see if anything is loose.
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it would kick the breaker at idle.i will try the wire feed tricks as soon as i can got home from work to late today. nice hotrod in the picture 454 rattler, im working on a 46 ford tudor. thats why i bought the welder, for welding sheetmetal,trim holes and maybe some exhaust. thanks everyone for all the tips hopefully i can get it to work
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I hope this guy is just trying to be funny. An answer like that doesn't HELP anyone.

The op bought it at a garage sale. Maybe that's all he could afford right now and he just wants to try making it work.

I don't mean to step on anyone's toes. I'm just tired of seeing answers like this.


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If anyone post their problem and received this answer, then perhaps this forum is futile.
It maybe not the best Mig welder, but that is best welder with him.
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