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Help diagnose welder issue PLEASE

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  1. Clb

    Clb Another old truck Supporting Member

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  2. snicklas

    snicklas 6.0 and Loving It!! Staff Member

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    Nope,

    If you're not a member / not signed in, you can't see anything except a login page.....
     
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    Clb Another old truck Supporting Member

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    Thanx round 2
     
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    Clb Another old truck Supporting Member

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    • help
      Today, 06:08 PM

      Need ya'lls help diagnosing this critter...
    • I bought an eastwood mig , model is 175 amp mig welder w\spool gun
    • Item # is 12012 03
    • As they only make and sell 1 like it on their site it's easy to find.
    • WEll
      Efing mistake!
      Now on my 3 rd unit under warranty,got #3 at the termination of the warranty period. Big happy face.
      now I am calling the company to fix a fluctuating feed AND voltage issue...
      I've put 3 drive motors (1was dead),2 circuit boards in the garbage "got this is what's wrong from their tech dept"
      FAIL
      So from a cold start .030 innercore
      1\8" -1\4" frame work on the toyota, first few minutes it welds like a new unit.
      Once it gets warmed up (I stay well behind the duty cycle) it will waver the amps, and look like cold oatmeal beads (think cold solder joint), the spatter goes up like the wire speed fell off.
      Now I can get 2 minutes at 1\3 dial settings (guessing 75-90 amps) before it shits the bed.

      Ok my electronic brilliance aint really gunna fix it solo.
      It sounds like the capacitor \s burning out?
      Kinda like an old auto generator with a bad relay\or grounding out..
      I am to list point in the job,

      Brb
      Gotta go find something with build pics on it.

      Thanx fer looking!
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      If its made in china IT WILL FAIL!
      location kommifornia
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      If its made in china IT WILL FAIL!
      location kommifornia
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    lotzagoodstuff Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Eastwood has always been pretty reputable company: I'd plea with them and try to make them replace it again, refund your money and go buy another brand. Life is too short to struggle with new stuff that doesn't work.

    Good luck to you regardless of the route you go.
     
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    Clb Another old truck Supporting Member

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    Thanx

    They were good at first, then they refused to sell me a panel saying its a liability! (already sent me one) and made me sign a disclaimer \release of liability!
    I need to fix and sell this pita!
     
  7. typ4

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    If you want a welder , buy one from a local welding shop. Been down this road with folks many times.
     
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    Clb Another old truck Supporting Member

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    I am confused, an outfitter\retailer or fab shop?
    Details man details:thanks:
     
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    I think he means to purchase through a local vendor so you have their support. AirGas and Praxair can usually get you a lot further than if you go and buy on your own from ebay or amazon.

    On the other hand, if you bought from a fab shop and it was a working welder they are selling to upgrade or downsize, that may be a good bet as the machines will be older but proven. It seems that everyone is backing the Everlast and ESAB stuff lately but it never hurts to go with the blue or red. I have never used an Eastwood welder but the powder coat machine my buddy had was pretty good for a while.
     
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    Clb Another old truck Supporting Member

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    Yes That's what I was thinking..
    The lousy part of living in Napa is if you need something other than a bottle of wine you have to ship it in, and the local vendors are 30-60% higher when it gets to them, than the internet...


    There has gotta be a fubared component inside this thing.
     
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    Trip to the big city for welding store
    Sac not SFO.
     
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    Redding it a lot closer and they have welding suppliers. Stay out of SFO!
     
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    Clb Another old truck Supporting Member

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    I was hoping to get some direction as to what to look for as to the failure to weld...
    i can find a vendor inside an hours drive.
    gotta fix this first to sell it to fund a replacement...
    There is red and blue dealers in town.
     
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    Have you been able to figure out who manufacturers those welders? I'm guessing like most things it's probably a knock off based on a similar model. You might be able to find some kind of interchange for parts?
     
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    I looks at my welders like a car I'll do wat I can to fix them but once it's unreliable it goes into the back of the shop and collects dust and I get a new reliable one . It's getting to the point any more ill do a whip and rollers maby a feed motor that's about it any more And I'm over it
     

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