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  • Intermitent wire feeder Millermatic 130

    I purchased this used machine about a month ago and suspect this may be why it was sold. I think it is a 1994. Has GA17C gun. Came with .030 gas wire. I changed it over to .023 solid wire with bottle. As the title says the feed is not reliable. I am welding auto patch panels with lots of spots and some seam welding. When wire feeds machine works great. I have googled this problem and searched the forums. I also talked to a tech today. Welder has an almost new appearance-little used ? .023 wire feeds through gun with very little effort. I checked the reohstat with an ohm meter-.2-17 ohms. Measured voltage at motor-when the motor starts voltage ramps up to 11volts on the lowest speed setting. Holding the drive wheel with two fingers for a load when the wheel does not turn the voltage on the motor is .52 volts. let go of wheel and motor ramps up normally. I removed the drive assembly and tested the motor with a model train controller and motor runs fine through the speed range, draws about .5 amp and starts at about 3 volts and is unstoppable. Inspected gear reduction, full of grease but none on gears. regreased the gears and reassemble to machine and no change. Service tech thinks it might be the optocoupler on the pc board any other ideas ?? Thanks, Rick.

  • #2
    A couple things come to mind...

    1. Did you flip the drive wheel when you changed from 0.030 to 0.023 wire?

    2. Does the wire drive just stutter when trying to weld, or does it stop driving, altogether?

    Once these questions are answered, we can move to further troubleshooting.
    Last edited by Goodhand; 02-04-2013, 10:52 PM.


    • #3
      Thanks, Yes the drive wheel is installed for the .023 wire. With no load on the motor it starts everytime. With the tensioner set just enough so the drive wheel does not slip the wire feed becomes intermittent. I measured the voltage on the motor with and without striking an arc. No difference.


      • #4
        I should have said No stuttering at all, just does not start rotating. With a slight load, two fingers, it becomes intermittent which I think is do to the low voltage to the motor. .5 volt.


        • #5
          In case you don't have a manual for your machine... take a look at the troubleshooting section.