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    I have started to use my new Miller Syncrowave 200 and I noticed that when when switching the big lever/handle from DC to AC that it does not click into a detent as you would expect. It has a very wide section (1/2-3/4 inch) place that it occupies for AC but it does not click into a definite position. Coming from DC+ or DC- gets different result. Mushy. The machine functioned properly though.

    Oh yes..When it is going into DC either polarity, it does click into a definite detent.

    Is this a defect in my machine or is it normal?

    What are other forum members experience?

  • #2
    My 200 has the same issue. At first I didnt know what to think but it was working fine while welding steel in DC-.

    Today however when I moved it to AC for Aluminum I have been struggling and this may actually be an issue. I learned how to weld years ago but haven't done aluminum in about 2 years since. However I cant get a puddle going to save my life. That is for another discussion though.
    Last edited by SGTRanger175; 04-02-2011, 12:53 PM.
    Miller Syncrowave 200 with Runner Package

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    • #3
      Aluminum is typically welded on AC.

      Good Luck

      HAWK

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      • #4
        Originally posted by HAWK View Post
        Aluminum is typically welded on AC.

        Good Luck

        HAWK
        Typo, thanks.
        Miller Syncrowave 200 with Runner Package

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        • #5
          I've got a 180 & a 200 & neither has a positive detent or click.
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          • #6
            Mushy switch

            My Sync 200 also lacks a detent for AC, so yours is normal. (Whether that is good design is a different question, but at least yours works like everybody else's).

            Richard
            Syncrowave 200, Millermatic 211, Victor torch, Propane forge....

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            • #7
              Mine also has a sloppy selector with no positive engagement.
              Miller syncrowave 200 runner with coolmate 4
              and wp2025 weldcraft torch
              Miller 125c plasma cutter

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              • #8
                Sync 200

                Originally posted by Donald Branscom View Post
                I have started to use my new Miller Syncrowave 200 and I noticed that when when switching the big lever/handle from DC to AC that it does not click into a detent as you would expect. It has a very wide section (1/2-3/4 inch) place that it occupies for AC but it does not click into a definite position. Coming from DC+ or DC- gets different result. Mushy. The machine functioned properly though.

                Oh yes..When it is going into DC either polarity, it does click into a definite detent.

                Is this a defect in my machine or is it normal?

                What are other forum members experience?
                It has what is known as a "knife switch design," and does not positively lock into position. It seems to lock at either DC polarity, only because it is up against the stops.

                It is normal.
                "Bonne journe'e mes amis"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jrscgsr View Post
                  Mine also has a sloppy selector with no positive engagement.
                  Thanks, jrscgsr

                  That is what I wanted to know.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by davedarragh View Post
                    It has what is known as a "knife switch design," and does not positively lock into position. It seems to lock at either DC polarity, only because it is up against the stops.

                    It is normal.
                    Thanks Dave,

                    That is the information I was looking for.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SGTRanger175 View Post
                      My 200 has the same issue. At first I didnt know what to think but it was working fine while welding steel in DC-.

                      Today however when I moved it to AC for Aluminum I have been struggling and this may actually be an issue. I learned how to weld years ago but haven't done aluminum in about 2 years since. However I cant get a puddle going to save my life. That is for another discussion though.
                      Aluminum requires more heat. The size and thickness of the aluminum plate or tube is also part of the equation.

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                      • #12
                        Syncrowave 250 is the same way. I just put the pointer straight up and let 'er eat.

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                        • #13
                          I have a syncrowave 250 that does the same but still welds great

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