Clarke 230TE Specifications

Thank you for purchasing this CLARKE Arc Welder.
Before attempting to operate this machine, please read this leaflet thoroughly
and follow the instructions carefully, in doing so you will ensure the safety of yourself and that of others around you, and you can look forward to the welder giving
you long and satisfactory service.
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EMC Regulations ................................................................................... 4
Safety -General .................................................................. 6
Safety -Arc Welding ........................................................... 8
Preparation of Working Area ........................................... 11
Additional Safety Precautions for Arc Welders ................................ 11
Electrical Connections ........................................................................ 12
Features ................................................................................................ 14
Preparation for Welding ...................................................................... 14
Assembling the Face Mask ................................................................. 16
Welding Technique .............................................................................. 17
Maintenance ....................................................................................... 19
Thermal Overload ................................................................................ 19
Specifications ....................................................................................... 21
Duty Cycle/Data Plate Explained ...................................................... 21
Electrical Symbols Explained .............................................................. 23
Spare Parts & Wiring Diagrams .............. See accompanying booklet
Whilst this unit complies with EMC regulations, the user is responsible for installing
and using the welding equipment according to the manufacturers instructions. If
electromagnetic disturbances are detected then it shall be the responsibility of
the user of the welding equipment to resolve the situation. In some cases this
remedial action may be as simple as earthing the welding circuit, see ‘Note’. In
other cases it could involve constructing an electromagnetic screen enclosing
the power source and the work complete with associated input filters. In all cases
electromagnetic disturbances must be reduced to the point where they are no
longer troublesome.
Note - The welding circuit may or may not be earthed for safety reasons. Changing
the earthing arrangements should only be authorised by a person who is
competent to assess whether the changes will increase the risk of injury, e.g. by
allowing parallel welding current return paths which may damage the earth circuits
of other equipment.
Before installing welding equipment the user shall make an assessment of potential
electromagnetic problems in the surrounding area. Avoid using your inverter in
the vicinity of:
a) other supply cables, control cables, signalling and telephone cables;
above, below and adjacent to the welding equipment;
b) radio and television transmitters and receivers;
c) computer and other control equipment;
d) safety critical equipment, e.g. guarding of industrial equipment;
e) pacemakers and hearing aids etc;
equipment used for calibration or measurement;
g) other equipment in the environment. The user shall ensure that other
equipment being used in the environment is compatible. This may
require additional protection measures;
It may be possible to avoid the above by changing the time of day that welding
or other activities are to be carried out.
The size of the surrounding area to be considered will depend on the structure of
the building and other activities that are taking place. The surrounding area may
extend beyond the boundaries of the premises.
2.1 Mains supply
Welding equipment should be connected to the mains supply according to the
manufacturers recommendations. If interference occurs, it may be necessary to
take additional precautions such as filtering of the mains supply. Consideration
should be given to shielding the supply cable of permanently installed welding
equipment, in metallic conduit or equivalent. Shielding should be electrically
continuous throughout its length. The shielding should be connected to the welding
power source so that good electrical contact is maintained between the conduit
and the welding power source enclosure.
2.2 Maintenance of the welding equipment
The welding equipment should be routinely maintained according to the
manufacturers recommendations. All access and service doors and covers should
be closed and properly fastened when the welding equipment is in operation.
The welding equipment should not be modified in any way except for those
changes and adjustments covered in the manufacturers
instructions. In particular, the spark gaps of arc striking and stabilizing devices should
be adjusted and maintained according to the manufacturers recommendations.
2.3 Welding cables
The welding cables should be kept as short as possible and should be positioned
close together, running at or close to the floor level.
2.4 Equipotential bonding
Bonding of all metallic components in the welding installation and adjacent to it
should be considered. However, metallic components bonded to the work piece
will increase the risk that the operator could receive a shock by touching these
metallic components and the electrodes at the same time. The operator should
be insulated from all such bonded metallic components.
2.5 Earthing of the workpiece
Where the workpiece is not bonded to earth for electrical safety, nor connected
to earth because of its size and position, e.g. ships hull or building steelwork, a
connection bonding the workpiece to earth may reduce emissions in some, but
not all instances.
Care should be taken to prevent the earthing of the workpiece increasing the risk
of injury to users, or damage to other electrical equipment.
Where necessary, the connection of the workpiece to earth should be made by
a direct connection to the workpiece, but in some countries where direct
connection is not permitted, the bonding should be achieved by suitable
capacitance, selected according to national regulations.
2.6 Screening and shielding
Selective screening and shielding of other cables and equipment in the surrounding
area may alleviate problems of interference. Screening of the entire welding
installation may be considered for special applications.
As with all machinery, there are certain hazards involved with their operation
and use. Exercising respect and caution will considerably lessen the risk of
personal injury. However, if normal safety precautions are overlooked, or
ignored, personal injury to the operator may result.
A) Burn prevention
Wear protective clothing - gauntlet gloves designed for use in welding, hat, and
protective shoes. Button shirt collar and pocket flaps, and wear cuffless trousers to
avoid entry of sparks and slag. Wear helmet with safety goggles or glasses with side
shields underneath, appropriate filter lenses or plates (protected by clear cover
glass). This is a MUST for welding or cutting, (and chipping) to protect the eyes from
radiant energy and flying metal. Replace cover glass when broken, pitted, or
spattered. Avoid oily greasy clothing. A spark may ignite them. Hot metal such as
electrode stubs and workpieces should never be handled without gloves. First aid
facilities and a qualified first aid person should be available for each shift unless
medical facilities are close by for immediate treatment of flash burns of the eyes
and skin burns. Ear plugs should be worn when working overhead or in a confined
space. A hard hat should be worn when others work overhead. Flammable hair
preparations should not be used by persons intending to weld or cut.
B) Toxic fume prevention
Severe discomfort, illness or death can result from fumes, vapours, heat, or oxygen
enrichment or depletion that welding (or cutting) may produce. Prevent them
with adequate ventilation. NEVER ventilate with oxygen. Lead-, cadmium-, zinc-,
mercury- and beryllium-, bearing materials, when welded (or cut) may produce
harmful concentrations of toxic fumes. Adequate local exhaust ventilation must
be used, or each person in the area as well as the operator must wear an airsupplied respirator. For beryllium, both must be used. Metals coated with or
containing materials that emit toxic fumes should not be heated unless coating is
removed from the work surface, the area is well ventilated, or the operator wears
an air-supplied respirator. Work in a confined space only while it is being ventilated
and, if necessary, while wearing an air-supplied respirator. Vapours from chlorinated
solvents can be decomposed by the heat of the arc (or flame) to form PHOSGENE,
a highly toxic gas, and other lung and eye irritating products. The ultraviolet
(radiant) energy of the arc can also decompose trichloroethylene and
perchloroethylene vapours to form phosgene. DO NOT WELD or cut where solvent
vapours can be drawn into the welding or cutting atmosphere or where the radiant
energy can penetrate to atmospheres containing even minute amounts of
trichloroethylene or perchloroethylene.
C) Fire and explosion prevention
Causes of fire and explosion are:
1) combustibles reached by the arc, flame, flying sparks, hot slag or heated
2) misuse of compressed gases and cylinders;
3) short circuits.
BE AWARE THAT flying sparks or falling slag can pass through cracks, along pipes,
through windows or doors, and through wall or floor openings, out of sight of the
goggled operator. Sparks and slag can fly 10m.
To prevent fires and explosion: keep equipment clean and operable, free of oil,
grease, and (in electrical parts) of metallic particles that can cause short circuits.
If combustibles are in area, do NOT weld or cut. Move the work if practicable, to
an area free of combustibles.
Avoid paint spray rooms, dip tanks, storage areas, ventilators. If the work cannot
be moved, move combustibles at least 10m. away out of reach of sparks and
heat; or protect against ignition with suitable and snug fitting, fire- resistant covers
or shields.
Walls touching combustibles on opposite sides should not be welded on (or cut).
Walls, ceilings, and floor near work should be protected by heat resistant covers
or shields. Fire watcher must be standing by with suitable fire extinguishing
equipment during and for some time after welding or cutting if:
a) appreciable combustibles (including building construction) are within 10m.
b) appreciable combustibles are further than 10m but can be ignited by sparks.
c) openings (concealed or visible) in floors or walls within 10m can expose
combustibles to sparks.
d) combustibles adjacent to walls, ceilings, roofs or metal partitions can be
ignited by radiant or conducted heat.
After work is done, check that area is free of sparks, glowing embers, and flames.
An empty container that held combustibles, or that can produce flammable or
toxic vapours when heated, must never be welded on or cut, unless container
has first been cleaned. This includes.......a thorough steam or caustic cleaning (or
a solvent or water washing, depending on the combustible’s solubility) followed
by purging and inerting with nitrogen or carbon dioxide, and using protective
Water filling just below working level may substitute for inerting.
A container with unknown contents should be cleaned (see paragraph above),
do NOT depend on sense of smell or sight to determine if it is safe to weld or cut.
Hollow castings or containers must be vented before welding or cutting - they
can explode.
In explosive atmospheres, never weld or cut where the air may contain flammable
dust, gas, or liquid vapours.
Comply with precautions in 1 above, and this section. Arc welding, properly done,
is a safe process, but a careless operator invites trouble. The equipment carries
high currents at significant voltages. The arc is very bright and hot. Sparks fly, fumes
rise, ultraviolet and infrared energy radiates, weldments are hot. The wise operator
avoids unnecessary risks and protects himself and others from accidents.
Comply with precautions in 2. The welding arc is intense and visibly bright. Its
radiation can damage eyes, penetrate lightweight clothing, reflect from light
coloured surfaces, and burn the skin and eyes. Skin burns resemble acute sunburn,
those from gas - shielded arcs are more severe and painful.
1) Protective clothing
Wear long sleeved clothing (particularly for gas shielded arc) in addition to
gloves, hat and shoes (2A). As necessary, use additional protective clothing
such as leather jacket or sleeves, flameproof apron, and fire-resistant
leggings. Avoid outer garments of untreated cotton. Bare skin protection.
Wear dark substantial clothing. Button collar to protect chest and neck and
button pockets to prevent entry of sparks.
2) Eye and head protection
Protect eyes from exposure to arc. NEVER look at an electric arc without
protection. Welding helmet or shield containing a filter plate shade no. 12 or
denser must be used when welding. Place over face before striking arc. Protect
filter plate with a clear cover plate. Cracked or broken helmet or shield should
NOT be worn; radiation can pass through to cause burns. Cracked, broken,
or loose filter plates must be replaced IMMEDIATELY. Replace clear cover plate
when broken, pitted, or spattered. WE SUGGEST you wear flash goggles with
side shields under the helmet, to give some protection to the eyes should the
helmet not be lowered over the face before an arc is struck. Looking at an
arc momentarily with unprotected eyes (particularly a high intensity
gas-shielded arc) can cause a retinal burn that may leave a permanent dark
area in the field of vision. Before welding whilst wearing contact lenses, seek
advice from your optician.
3) Protection of nearby personnel
For production welding, a separate room or enclosed bay is best.
In open areas, surround the operation with low reflective, non- combustible
screens or panels. Allow for free air circulation, particularly at floor level. Provide
face shields for all persons who will be looking directly at the weld. Others
working in the area should wear flash goggles. Before starting to weld, make
sure that screen or bay doors are closed.
Comply with precautions in 2-B. Generator engine exhaust must be vented to the
outside air. Carbon monoxide can kill.
Comply with precautions in 2-C. Equipment’s rated capacity. Do not overload
arc welding equipment. It may overheat cables and cause a fire. Loose cable
connections may overheat or flash and cause a fire. Never strike an arc on a
cylinder or other pressure vessel. It creates a brittle area that can cause a violent
rupture or lead to such a rupture later under rough handling.
Exposed live conductors or other bare metal in the welding circuit, or in unearthed,
electrically-LIVE equipment can fatally shock a person whose body becomes a
conductor. DO NOT STAND, SIT, LIE, LEAN ON, OR TOUCH a wet surface when
welding, without suitable protection.
Magnetic fields from high currents can affect pacemaker operation. Persons
wearing electronic life support equipment (pacemaker) should consult with their
doctor before going near arc welding, gouging, or spot welding operations.
Keep body and clothing dry. Never work in damp area without adequate insulation
against electrical shock. Stay on a dry duckboard, or rubber mat when dampness
or sweat can not be avoided. Sweat, sea water, or moisture between body and
an electrically LIVE part - or earthed metal - reduces the body surface electrical
resistance, enabling dangerous and possibly lethal currents to flow through the
1) Earthing the equipment
When arc welding equipment is earthed according to the National Electrical
Code, and the work is earthed, a voltage may exist between the electrode
and any conducting object.
Examples of conducting objects include, but are not limited to, buildings,
electrical tools, work benches, welding power source cases, workpieces, etc.
Never touch the electrode and any metal object unless the welding power
source is off. When installing, connect the frames of each unit such as welding
power source, control, work table, and water circulator to the building earth.
Conductors must be adequate to carry earth currents safely. Equipment made
electrically LIVE by stray current may shock, possibly fatally. Do NOT EARTH to
electrical conduit, or to a pipe carrying ANY gas or a flammable liquid such
as oil or fuel.
2) Electrode holders
Fully insulated electrode holders should be used. Do NOT use holders with
protruding screws or with any form of damage.
3) Connectors
Fully insulated lock-type connectors should be used to join welding cable.
4) Cables
Frequently inspect cables for wear, cracks and damage. IMMEDIATELY
REPLACE those with excessively worn or damaged insulation to avoid
possibly lethal shock from bared cable. Cables with damaged areas may
be taped to give resistance equivalent to original cable. Keep cable dry,
free of oil and grease, and protected from hot metal and sparks.
5) Terminals and other exposed parts
Terminals and other exposed parts of electrical units should have insulating
covers secured before operation.
6) Electrode
a) Equipment with output on/off control (contactor)
Welding power sources for use with the gas metal arc welding, gas
tungsten arc welding and similar processes normally are equipped with
devices hat permit on/off control of the welding power output. When
so equipped the electrode wire becomes electrically LIVE when the
power source switch is ON and welding gun switch is closed. Never
touch the electrode wire or any conducting object in contact with
the electrode circuit unless the welding power source is off.
b) Equipment without output on/off control (no contactor)
Welding power sources used with shielded metal arc welding and similar
processes may not be equipped with welding power output on/off
control devices. With such equipment the electrode is electrically LIVE
when the power switch is turned ON. Never touch the electrode unless
the welding power source is off.
7) Safety devices
Safety devices such as interlocks and circuit breakers should not be
disconnected or shunted out. Before installation, inspection, or service
of Equipment, shut OFF all power and remove line fuses (or lock or
red-tag switches) to prevent accidental turning ON of power. Do not
open power circuit or change polarity while welding. If, in an
emergency, it must be disconnected, guard against shock burns, or
flash from switch arcing. Always shut OFF and disconnect all power to
equipment. Power disconnect switch must be available near the
welding power source.
The working area must be sufficiently spacious, not humid, and well-ventilated as
to avoid any fumes which develop from the welding process and from incidental
material adhering to the pieces to be welded (oils, paints, tars...) which may cause
annoyance to the operator.
Avoid welding by contact with humid parts nearby combustible liquids. Least of
all, do not weld upon tanks which may contain inflammable residuals.
A comprehensive range of CLARKE safety equipment for use when welding is
available from your local CLARKE dealer.
NEVER attempt to remove any of the panels unless the machine is
disconnected from the supply.
NEVER use the machine with any of the panels removed.
NEVER attempt any electrical or mechanical repair unless your are a qualified
technician. If you have a problem with the machine contact your local
CLARKE dealer.
NEVER use or store in a wet/damp environment. DO NOT EXPOSE TO RAIN.
NEVER allow children or animals in the vicinity of a welding operation.
✔ ALWAYS remove all flammable materials from the welding area.
ensure that there is full free air circulating around the outer casing of
the machine, and that the louvres are unobstructed.
arc can seriously damage your eyes. Both the operator and any
✔ Welding
spectators should ALWAYS use a proper welding face shield or helmet, with
suitable filter lenses. Proper gloves and working clothes should be worn at all
wear a pair of safety spectacles/goggles when chipping away slag
after welding,. Remember, ordinary eye glasses are not safety gasses.
ensure there is adequate ventilation or extraction in the work area
as the welding process gives off toxic fumes.
✔ ALWAYS ensure there is a fire extinguisher on hand.
ensure that a medical supply is on hand, and that treatment for
burns is provided.
Welders fitted with a standard 13 amp BS 1363 plug, should be connected to a to a
230 volt (50Hz) domestic electrical supply and we strongly recommend that this be
done via a Residual Current Device (RCD).
IMPORTANT: If the welder is fitted with a plug which is moulded onto the electric
cable (i.e. non- re-wirable) please note:
1. The plug must be thrown away if it is cut from the electric cable. There is a
danger of electric shock if it is subsequently inserted into a socket outlet.
2. Never use the plug without the fuse cover fitted.
3. Should you wish to replace a detachable fuse carrier, ensure that the correct
replacement is used (as indicated by marking or colour code). Replacement
fuse covers can be obtained from your local dealer or most electrical stockists.
Fuse Rating
The fuse in the plug must be replaced with one of the same rating (13 amps) and
this replacement must be ASTA approved to BS1362.
230V Supply
Connect the mains lead to a suitably fused 230 Volt (50Hz) electrical supply. The
fuse rating should correspond to that shown on the data plate on the rear panel
of the machine. For a full explanation of the data plate, please see page 22 & 23.
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the following code:
Green & Yellow .......... Earth
Blue .......... Neutral
Brown .......... Live
As the colours of the flexible cord of this appliance may not correspond with the
coloured markings identifying terminals in your plug, proceed as follows:
Connect GREEN & YELLOW cord to plug terminal marked with a letter “E” or
Earth symbol “ ”, or coloured GREEN or GREEN & YELLOW.
Connect BROWN cord to plug terminal marked letter “L” or coloured RED.
Connect BLUE cord to plug terminal marked letter “N” or coloured BLACK.
Dual Supply
For machines capable of operating on 110/230V and 230/400V, the voltage
selector is designed so that it can select only one voltage. In order to change
voltages on earlier models, it is necessary to change the switch gate as follows:
With the voltage selector knob in the OFF position, slacken the knobs’ grub
screw and remove the knob, to reveal a circular plate.
Remove the two screws securing the plate, then reverse the plate.
Replace the two plate securing screws followed by the selector knob.
This knob can now be moved to either the 230 or 110/400V position, depending
upon the position of the plate.
On later models the position of the screw,
arrowed in the illustration opposite will determine
the voltage selection.
With the screw in position 1, the switch may be
turned from O - OFF to 230V.
With the screw in position 2, the switch may be
turned from O - OFF to 400V.
110V Supply
A suitably approved 110V connector is required and should be connected to a
suitably protected circuit in accordance with the instructions below.
1. On no account must a 230V, 13amp (BS1363) plug be fitted to these
2. If a 110V transformer is used, ensure it has a rated capacity sufficient
to take the load of this machine...check the data plate.
400V Supply
For wiring to a 400V supply, the colour codes of the wires are as follows:
Green and Yellow .......... Earth
Blue .......... Live (L1)
Brown .......... Live (L2)
A person qualified in first aid should always be present in the working area.
If person is unconscious and electric shock is suspected, do not touch the person if
he or she is in contact with the welder or cables. Disconnect the welder from the
power source and then use First Aid.
The welding capabilities of your welder are given on the data label printed on the rear
panel of the machine (see list on page 22 for an explanation of markings and symbols).
Thermal Overload Protection
If the duty cycle of the welder is exceeded (see Specifications), the Overload
Protection Device will automatically cut the power to prevent damage to the
machine. Should the cut-out operate, the amber light on the front panel will illuminate,
and you will have to wait until the transformer cools down (approx. 30 minutes),
when the overload device will automatically reset itself and you can continue
welding. (On smaller welders the lamp is built in to the ON/OFF switch).
Although no harm will be done to the machine if/when the overload device is
actuated, its frequent use could eventually result in damage.
1. With the machine correctly connected to the mains supply in accordance
with the instructions given under ‘Electrical Connections’, attach the leads to
the machine as shown in Fig.1 on page 14.
Ensure the EARTH lead is connected to the WORKPIECE, and the other lead to
IMPORTANT: Ensure also that the earth clamp is attached to clean, solid metal.
If necessary thoroughly clean with a wire brush or similar to guarantee a
good connection.
2. Select the appropriate electrode, which should be approximately the same
thickness as the piece to be welded, for single pass welding.
3. Select the appropriate welding current by turning the handwheel (H) and
observing the setting on the scale (J), on top of the machine.
NOTE: With practice you will get a feel for the best current settings for different
welding rod thicknesses.
The chart below is an indicator of the thickness of material/ welding rod thickness
and the corresponding welding current. This is intended as a guide only.
1/l6 16 swg
14 swg
12 swg
1/8 10 swg
1.5 mm
2.0 mm
2.5 mm
4.0 mm
5.0 mm
6.0 mm
This is an illustration of a typical layout. Although with some models, the
major components may differ slightly in design and location.
Fig. 1
Work Return Lead (Earth)
Work Clamp (Earth)
Electrode Holder
Welding Lead
Work Terminal
Electrode Terminal
Thermal Current Indicator
Thermal Overload Indicator
Input Voltage Selector
Work Clamp Symbol (Earth)
Electrode Holder Symbol
- Identifies work terminal
- Identifies electrode terminal
(Black Knob)
(Red Knob)
To assemble the welding shield, insert
the clear glass panel first, followed by
the dark glass panel into the recess in
the shield, i.e. the clear glass MUST be
on the outside of the shield. Securing
them with the plastic screws provided.
Enter the threaded end of the handle
through the holes provided. Thread on the
plastic nut and tighten.
It is important to pay attention to the notes on welding shield maintenance, given
on page 19. When replacing the glass panels, use ONLY those parts supplied by
Clarke International. The dark panel is a certified, specific optical class, and should
not be exchanged for any other type.
The clear glass panel should be replaced when it becomes badly pitted.
NEVER look at an electric arc without eye protection as this can injure the
eyes permanently. ALWAYS use a protection mask or welding helmet.
C. Set the Controls
All components are now correctly assembled, and the welder
may now be prepared for operation, as detailed in the
following pages
With the welder correctly connected to the mains supply and the leads
attached to the machine, ensure the earth clamp is firmly attached to the
workpiece on CLEAN, SOLID metal, and as close to the proposed weld as is
practical, and the appropriate current setting for the job has been set.
Switch ON the machine.
If the machine stops at any time and the amber light on the front panel illuminates,
the thermal cutout has intervened. Wait until the transformer has cooled sufficiently
for work to recommence. This could take considerable time and is denoted by
the amber light going OUT. On smaller machines the lamp is built in to the ON/
OFF switch.
Bring the electrode to the work surface at an angle of approx. 70O then,
BEFORE you strike an arc, bring the face shield up to protect your eyes.
Strike an arc by briefly touching the work surface with the tip of the electrode.
Once the arc is struck or primed, raise the electrode slightly and maintain it at a
distance of approx 1.5mm (1/16”) from the work surface, then proceed to move
the electrode along its intended path, keeping the tip in the molten pool at all times
An even crackling noise should be heard, which is an indication of a good weld.
This is the most difficult aspect for most beginners. It is recommended that you
practice on some scrap material in order to get a feel of the operation.
If the electrode is not withdrawn quickly enough once the arc is primed, there is a
possibility that the electrode will weld itself to the workpiece. Should this happen,
give it a sharp tug to free it, and try again. If this fails to free it, turn OFF the machine
immediately as it will quickly overheat.
If you withdraw the electrode too far once the arc is primed, you will lose the arc
and have to try again.
Inspect the job carefully. With a correct combination of electrode size and
current setting the area of weld should be complete fusion of the electrode
and parent metal/s. Any slag which forms on the surface should be chipped
away with the pick/brush supplied.
If the resultant weld looks messy and irregular, this is an indication of porosity
or slag contamination, and you have almost certainly failed to achieve the
correct combination. This is a common problem, so do not worry as practice
will quickly cure this.
The following tips should help you improve your welding technique fairly quickly.
When welding ALWAYS ensure there is adequate ventilation in the
work area as the welding process give off toxic fumes
The arc welding technique is an acquired skill and requires considerable practice
before perfect results are obtained. The diagrams below will help to explain the
pitfalls in your technique and how to overcome them.
1. Arc too short
5. Current too low
This causes irregular masses of weld to
be deposited, with slag contamination
on an uneven surface.
This causes poor penetration and
causes the electrode to stick to the
workpiece too readily. Also results in a
very irregular and high weld deposit.
Slag is very hard to remove.
2. Arc too long
This causes poor penetration resulting in
a weak weld with excessive spatter and
porosity. Surface of the weld is rough
and the arc makes a hissing sound
6. Current too high
This causes excessive penetration with
spatter and deep pointed crater. It may
also cause holes to be burned in the
Burns electrodes very quickly.
3. Electrode moved too slowly
This causes a very wide and heavy
deposit which overlaps at the sides. It is
wasteful both in terms of time and
electrode use.
7. The perfect weld
With the correct combination of arc
length, current regulation, inclination
and speed of the electrode, you will,
with practice produce the per fect
4. Electrode moved too quickly
This causes poor penetration with a
This should be regular with uniform
ripples and no slag contamination.
‘stringy’ and incomplete weld deposit. Slag
is very hard to remove.
The arc will make a steady, even
crackling sound.
Your Clarke arc welder is a simple and robust unit, requiring virtually no maintenance
other than the guidelines shown below.
Keep the louvre passages clean to avoid a build up of dirt and oxides inside
the machine, which can reduce machine output.
Check all cables periodically; they must be in good condition and not
Always try to avoid getting particles of metal inside the machine since they
could cause short circuits.
Periodically clean the inside of the welder with compressed air, ensuring you
wear a mask during the operation.
IMPORTANT - ALWAYS disconnect from the electrical supply before servicing or
Always maintain the welding mask in good condition. If the clear glass protection lens
becomes badly pitted, sufficient to interfere with vision, or cracked, have it replaced
immediately. Replacement clear and dark lenses are available from your Clarke dealer
- see Parts Lists for details. NEVER use any dark filter lens other than that provided by
CLARKE International, or one with the same certified ‘Optical class’ (degree of protection).
The shield should always be cleaned with a clean soft cloth after use, ensuring the lenses
are clean. Remove any dust that may have accumulated and store it in a safe place
where it cannot be damaged. NEVER use a shield that is not in perfect condition.
If the duty cycle of the welder is exceeded, a thermostat will automatically cut
power to the unit to prevent damage. You must wait until the transformer cools
sufficiently for the thermostat to reset, at which time you may resume welding. This
could take approximately 30 minutes.
Please note that if the overload operates too frequently, damage to the machine
will inevitably result.
When the thermal overload has intervened, the amber light on front of the machine
will illuminate.
Example 1. 230TE Data Plate
Models up to and including 230TE are
covered by Reg’s EN 50060 and EN
50199, where the Duty Cycle is
expressed as a number of electrodes
that may be burned continuously in
a given time.
Referring to the table opposite, nc
indicates the number of
electrodes that may be burned
before the thermal cutout will
operate at a specified welding
i.e. using the example above:
.......... using 2.5mm dia rods, 34 may be burned continuously at 80 A welding current
or ....... using 4.0mm dia rods, 8.5 may be burned continuously at a 160A welding current
nh ...... indicates the max. no. of electrodes that may be burned once the
overload has operated but has cooled sufficiently for it to begin operating
again..the machine is said to be in a ‘hot state’.
indicates the max. no. of electrodes of a given size that may be burned
per hour
Example 2. 260TE Data Plate
Models 260TE onwards are
covered by regulations EN
60974-1 and EN 50199, where
the Duty Cycle (X) is expressed
as a percentage of time the
machine may be used in a
given period for a specified
welding current.
i.e. using the example above:
When welding at 160 Amps the machine may be used for 6 minutes (60%) in any
10 minute period, or, the machine may be used continuously, (100%) when welding
at 125 Amps
The full technical specification for your welder is to be found printed in a table on the rear
panel of the machine.
The meaning of the markings and symbols shown in the table are explained as follows.
Symbol for dropping characteristic
Symbol for manual arc welding and covered electrodes
Symbol for the mains supply and No. of phases
Duty Cycle, expressed as a % in a 10 min period
Single Phase Transformer
_ V Min. and Max. rated no load voltage
U0_ _
Rated frequency for alternating current
Min. and Max. rated value of the welding current
Symbol and dimension for the diameter of reference electrodes
Symbol and dimension for the welding current
Symbol for the number of reference electrodes capable of
being melted with the welding power source, starting from the
cold state without operation of the thermal cut-out
Symbol for the No. reference electrodes being melted with the
welding power source at the hot state, without operation of
the thermal cut-out.
No. Electrodes that can be burned per hour from the cold state
U 1 _ _ _V
_ _A
I 1 max_ _A
IP_ _
Rated value of the supply voltage
Size of the necessary main fuse
Symbol, rated value and dimension of the max. supply current
Degree of protection (e.g. IP21)
Code letter for degree of insulation