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    Just to start out with I'd say I'm a pretty inexperienced welder compared to everyone here. I'm trying to learn the right way to do things and the terminology but have a ways to go. That said I have a dialarc hf I got awhile back and now want to learn how to use it.

    Here comes my problem, the arc on the tig torch is almost nonexistent, all it does is create a tiny dull arc that does nothing. So far I've tried pretty much every combination for the controls and nothing changes. Any ideas what might be causing this? I tried posting a video, hopefully it works.





    If it means anything, before this the welder would trip the overload breaker. After a hand full of times it, it no longer trips.
    Last edited by Setlab; 09-09-2016, 02:43 PM.

  • #2
    PLS post your serial number................

    Is the machine properly jumpered for your shop voltage...??? 230vac....???

    Proper input volatge present... both legs...???

    Can you stick weld with it..??? if so.........

    try a "known good" TIG torch
    Last edited by H80N; 09-09-2016, 03:01 PM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by H80N View Post
      PLS post your serial number................

      Is the machine properly jumpered for your shop voltage...??? 230vac....???

      Proper input volatge present... both legs...???

      Can you stick weld with it..??? if so.........

      try a "known good" TIG torch
      The serial number is JG03647​8

      ​​​As far as electrical goes, it's on a 50a breaker and is the same plug I run my Millermatic 200 on without hiccup. Not sure what you mean by input voltage on each leg though.

      I can stick weld on it, I wanted to postpone more testing there because Im not sure how good my welding rod is. It's some 7018 that's been sitting around awhile and I remember my stickwelding ability to be better than the results I'm getting. If that makes sense.

      I know I have an air cooled tig torch and another water cooled one I was told has a leak in it, I'll try those out.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Setlab View Post

        The serial number is JG03647​8


        I know I have an air cooled tig torch and another water cooled one I was told has a leak in it, I'll try those out.
        a water cooled torch will burn out fast if there is no proper water flow.....

        try the air cooled one
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        Millermatic 200

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        • #5
          FWIW.... here is your manual... to check your setup.... & settings

          https://www.millerwelds.com/files/ow.../O315L_MIL.pdf

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

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          Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
          Dynasty 200DX
          Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
          Millermatic 200

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          • #6
            Thanks for the advice, that fixed that problem!

            Only thing now is playing with the settings. Im during red tungsten on mild steel and can't seem to do anything but mangle up the metal and heat the tungsten up cherry red. And I'm now tripping breakers... I almost want to sell it and get a new machine with less headache.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Setlab View Post
              Thanks for the advice, that fixed that problem!

              Only thing now is playing with the settings. Im during red tungsten on mild steel and can't seem to do anything but mangle up the metal and heat the tungsten up cherry red. And I'm now tripping breakers... I almost want to sell it and get a new machine with less headache.
              mild steel TIG wants DC electrode NEG

              Here is a guidelines booklet that should help

              https://www.millerwelds.com/~/media/...s/gtawbook.pdf

              TIG Resources

              https://www.millerwelds.com/resource...ding-resources

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              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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