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    Hey guys, I have an issue and I hope a few of you can chime in and help.

    It seems that I can go out to my VINTAGE machine an then turn on
    the shielding gas and pull the trigger and all seems well for the first
    couple of minutes then it, the arc strength seems to peter out. The bacon sound disappears, the power of the arc drops and BLAH.

    I get disgusted and walk away. A new multiprocess machine is out of reach
    to a homeowner occasional user.

    My ground is always attached as close as I can and as good as I can.

    Is there a part I need to replace or is it operator error?
    I am not a professional welder...

    TIA!

  • #2
    Originally posted by .Artisan. View Post
    Hey guys, I have an issue and I hope a few of you can chime in and help.

    It seems that I can go out to my VINTAGE machine an then turn on
    the shielding gas and pull the trigger and all seems well for the first
    couple of minutes then it, the arc strength seems to peter out. The bacon sound disappears, the power of the arc drops and BLAH.

    I get disgusted and walk away. A new multiprocess machine is out of reach
    to a homeowner occasional user.

    My ground is always attached as close as I can and as good as I can.

    Is there a part I need to replace or is it operator error?
    I am not a professional welder...

    TIA!
    Try cleaning or replacing your ground/work clamp...
    preferably with a good quality bronze clamp like a Tweco or Lenco.. making sure all connections are shiny clean....and then see how it behaves..

    Also you might check and see if your gun conductor conduit may have been damaged by pulling the machine around and giving you an intermittent connection..
    easyest way to check is to borrow and try a known good gun..
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    Last edited by H80N; 12-19-2014, 01:20 PM.
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    • #3
      Its likely more of a capacitor bank issue. Probably a couple of the caps are shot, best to replace all the caps and off you go.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cruizer View Post
        Its likely more of a capacitor bank issue. Probably a couple of the caps are shot, best to replace all the caps and off you go.
        Cruizer

        You might very well be right... I would like to know the answer regardless of what it is...
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        The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

        “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

        Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

        My Blue Stuff:
        Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
        Dynasty 200DX
        Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
        Millermatic 200

        TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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