Operating instructions | Chicago Electric 3663 Welder User Manual

BANDSAW BLADE WELDER
Model 3663
Set up And Operating Instructions
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Specifications
Power Requirements
Welding Current
Welding Blade Sizes
Maximum Jaw Movement
220 V~, 1-Phase, 60 Hz, 6 A
( Only use on a 20 amp circuit)
280 A
1/8” to 1/2”
.137”
Note: Grinder not included.
Note: Performance of this tool (if powered by line voltage) may vary depending on variations
in local line voltage. Extension cord usage may also affect tool performance.
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place for future reference.
Safety Warnings and Precautions
WARNING: When using tool, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce
the risk of personal injury and damage to equipment.
Read all instructions before using this tool!
1.
Keep work area clean. Cluttered areas invite injuries.
2.
Observe work area conditions. Do not use the Welder in damp or wet locations. Don’t expose to rain. Keep work area well lighted. Do not use electrically powered tools in the presence
of flammable gases or liquids.
3.
Keep children away. Children must never be allowed in the work area. Do not let them handle
machines, tools, or extension cords.
4.
Store idle equipment. When not in use, tools must be stored in a dry location to inhibit rust.
Always lock up tools and keep out of reach of children.
5.
Use the right tool for the job. Do not attempt to force a small tool or attachment to do the
work of a larger industrial tool. There are certain applications for which this tool was designed.
It will do the job better and more safely at the rate for which it was intended. Do not modify this
tool and do not use this tool for a purpose for which it was not intended.
6.
Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry as they can be caught in moving parts.
Protective, electrically non-conductive clothes and non-skid footwear are recommended when
working. Wear restrictive hair covering to contain long hair. Always wear heavy-duty leather
gloves when handling bandsaw blades.
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Inhalation Hazard
Welding/Plasma Cutting Produces toxic fumes and gasses.
Exposure to welding or cutting gasses can increase the risk of
developing certain cancers, such as cancer of the larynx and
lung cancer. Also, some diseases that may be linked to exposure
to welding or plasma cutting gasses or fumes are:
• Early onset of Parkinson’s Disease
• Heart Disease
• Damage to the reproductive organs
• Ulcers
• Inflammation of the small intestine or stomach • Kidney damage
• Respiratory diseases such as emphysema, bronchitis or pneumonia
Safety precautions, such as using natural or forced air ventilation and
wearing an ANSI approved respirator, are essential to reduce the
risk of developing the above illnesses.
7.
Use eye and ear protection. Always wear ANSI approved impact safety goggles. Wear a full
face shield if you are producing metal filings. Wear an ANSI approved dust mask or respirator
when working around metal and chemical dusts and mists.
8.
Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. Do not reach over or across
running machines.
9.
Maintain tools with care. Keep tools clean for better and safer performance. Follow instructions for lubricating and changing accessories. Inspect tool cords periodically and, if damaged,
have them repaired by an authorized technician. The handle must be kept clean, dry, and free
from oil and grease at all times.
10.
Disconnect power. Unplug tool when not in use.
11.
Avoid unintentional starting. Be sure the buttons are not depressed when not in use and
before plugging in.
12.
Stay alert. Watch what you are doing, use common sense. Do not operate any tool when you
are tired.
13.
Check for damaged parts. Before using any tool, any part that appears damaged should be
carefully checked to determine that it will operate properly and perform its intended function.
Check for alignment and binding of moving parts; any broken parts or mounting fixtures; and
any other condition that may affect proper operation. Any part that is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced by a qualified technician. Do not use the tool if any button does not
turn On and Off properly.
14.
Guard against electric shock. Prevent body contact with grounded surfaces such as pipes,
radiators, ranges, and refrigerator enclosures.
15.
Replacement parts and accessories. When servicing, use only identical replacement parts.
Use of any other parts will void the warranty. Only use accessories intended for use with this
tool. Approved accessories are available from Harbor Freight Tools.
16.
Do not operate tool is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Read warning labels if taking prescription medicine to determine if your judgement or reflexes are impaired while taking
drugs. If there is any doubt, do not operate the Welder.
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17.
Use proper size and type extension cord. If an extension cord is required, it must be of the
proper size and type to supply the correct current to the tool without heating up. Otherwise, the
extension cord could melt and catch fire, or cause electrical damage to the tool. This tool requires use of an extension cord of 20 amps capability (up to 50 feet), with wire size rated at 12
AWG. Longer extension cords require larger size wire. If you are using the tool outdoors, use an
extension cord rated for outdoor use (signified by “WA” on the jacket).
18.
Maintenance. For your safety, maintenance should be performed regularly by a qualified technician.
19.
This product, when used for welding and similar applications, produces chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and birth defects (or other reproductive harm). (California
Health & Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
20.
The warnings, cautions, and instructions discussed in this instruction manual cannot cover all
possible conditions and situations that may occur. It must be understood by the operator that
common sense and caution are factors which cannot be built into this product, but must be supplied by the operator.
Unpacking
When unpacking, check to make sure that the item is intact and undamaged. If any parts are
missing or broken, please call Harbor Freight Tools at the number shown on the cover of this manual as
soon as possible.
Assembly
This step should only be performed by a licensed electrician. Acquire an appropriate 220 V~,
1-Phase plug to fit in the electrical outlet. Connect the plug, making sure that the black wire is the energized (hot) lead, the white wire is the other energized (hot) lead, and the green wire is the ground lead.
See the wiring diagram on page 8.
Figure 1
Light
Annealing Button
Welding Button
Pressure Knob
Left Electrode
Power Cord
Left Hand Clamp
Right Electrode
Right Hand Clamp
Light Switch
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Operation
This Bandsaw Blade Welder is used to weld saw blades between 1/8 and 1/2 inches in width.
Additional Warnings!
1.
Make sure the Welding and Annealing Buttons are not depressed before plugging in the unit.
2.
Never leave the welder unattended while running.
3.
Always unplug before servicing. All internal maintenance should be performed by an authorized
service technician.
4.
Sparks are generated while welding. Situate the welder far away from any flammable
materials. Work in a well-ventilated area.
Note: This unit does not have a grinder attachment.
WARNING! Handle blades with extreme care. They flex and twist easily, making them extremely dangerous. Always wear heavy-duty leather gloves when handling bandsaw blades.
Saw blade preparation
1.
Wearing heavy-duty leather gloves, use a metal table shear (not included) to trim 1/4” off each
end of the saw blade.
Note: The ends must be cut perfectly square to attain a full width weld. The cut should be made in an
area between the blade’s teeth (especially with larger blades). If hand shears (not included) are
used to cut the blade, it may be necessary to file the ends until they are square. Use a square
(tool, not included) to make sure the blade ends are 90°. There should be no taper on the very
end of the blade.
2.
Using a fine emery cloth (not included), lightly clean both ends (and flat surfaces near the ends)
of the saw blade. Remove all burrs. Completely clean off all dirt, coatings, and oil.
Welding
Refer to Figures and the Assembly Drawing on page 9.
1. Verify that the plug is not plugged into the power outlet.
Figure 3
Figure 2
2.
Turn the Pressure Knob (12) to zero. See Figure 2. When the Pressure Knob (12) is turned
to zero, the Right Electrode (5) will separate from the Left Electrode (13).
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3.
Loosen both of the clamp handles (Left Hand Clamp (14) and Right Hand Clamp (6)). See Figure 3.
4.
Place one end of the saw blade (not included) under the Left Electrode (13). See Figure 4
on page 6. Make sure it is aligned squarely and the teeth are facing back. The saw blade end
should protrude 1/4” out of the clamp, toward the center.
Figure 4
Figure 5
5.
Tighten the Left Hand Clamp (14). See Figure 4.
6.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the Right Electrode (5) and Right Hand Clamp (6) with the other end of
the saw blade. See Figure 5.
7.
To butt up the ends of the blades, turn the Pressure Knob (12) to the setting based on the blade
width you are welding, i.e. if you are welding a 1/4” blade, adjust the knob to number 2. See
Figure 2 on page 5. The wider the saw blade, the higher the Pressure Knob (12) should be
set.
8.
Verify that the saw blades align squarely, front to back, and that the two ends butt together with
no space in-between. If they do not, remove the saw blades and recut the ends to make them
more square.
9.
Put on your safety glasses, respirator, and gloves approved for welding.
10.
Plug the unit in.
11.
Press and hold the green Welding Button (4) until the weld cycle is complete. If popping occurs,
or holes are created during the welding process, the blade ends were not butted together correctly. Unplug the Welder and prepare the saw blade ends again.
12.
With the Welding Button (4) still pressed, loosen the Right Hand Clamp (6) and turn the Pressure Knob (12) counterclockwise to zero. Then, release the Welding Button (4). See Figure 6.
Figure 6
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Annealing the Weld
Note: The annealing process tempers and toughens the blade, reducing brittleness.
1.
Retighten the Right Hand Clamp (6). See Figure 7.
2.
Press and hold the red Annealing Button (11) until the blade
becomes dark red. Release the Annealing Button (11) after
a few seconds.
3.
Repeat pressing and releasing (pulsating action) the Annealing Button (11) (while reducing the annealing time)
several times until the redness is no longer visible.
4.
Let the saw blade cool for at least five minutes, then unplug
the plug and remove the blade from the Welder.
5.
Use an 8 inch mill bastard file (not included) to file off the
welding flash. If the flash is too hard and will not easily file
off, repeat the annealing process.
6.
File all of the flashing from around the weld, being careful
not to undercut the weld surface in comparison to the rest of
the blade.
7.
Test the weld by carefully bending the blade to a 4 inch radius to see if it breaks.
Figure 7
Note: Test the repaired saw blade. After repairing the blade, carefully install it on the bandsaw following the instructions and safety warnings provided in the instruction manual of the bandsaw.
Once the blade is installed, make sure the guards and any cabinet doors on the tool are in the
closed/safe position. Run the saw for 2-3 minutes. Then, stop the saw, unplug it, and check the
weld visually before you begin cutting an actual workpiece. Do not continue if the weld shows
signs of cracking or breaking.
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Maintenance
WARNING! Unplug welder before performing any maintenance.
1.
When not in use, cover and store the Welder in a clean, dry location.
2.
Periodically, open and use fine grit sandpaper to clean the carbon residue from the inside surfaces of the terminal clamps.
3.
Always unplug before servicing. All internal maintenance should be performed by a qualified
service technician.
Wiring Diagram
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Front Panel Parts List and Diagram
Part
Description
Part
Description
Part
Description
1
Handle
6
Right Hand Clamp
14
Left Hand Clamp
2
Light Mantle
10
Case
15
Light Switch
3
Base Frame
11
Annealing Button
16
Line Cord (without plug)
4
Welding Button
12
Pressure Knob
5
Right Electrode
13
Left Electrode
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TO THE PRODUCT OR THAT HE OR SHE IS QUALIFIED TO REPLACE ANY PARTS OF THE PRODUCT. IN
FACT, THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR EXPRESSLY STATES THAT ALL REPAIRS AND PARTS
REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY CERTIFIED AND LICENSED TECHNICIANS AND NOT BY
THE BUYER. THE BUYER ASSUMES ALL RISK AND LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER REPAIRS TO
THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT OR REPLACEMENT PARTS THERETO, OR ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER INSTALLATION OF REPLACEMENT PARTS THERETO.
Note: Some parts are listed and shown for illustration purposes only and are not available individually
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Parts List
Part
Description
Part
Description
1
Ringent Circle
27
Bolt
2
Defection Axes
28
Spring Washer
3
Cover of Deflection Axes
29
Washer
4
Left Electrode
30
Base of Spring
5
Right Electrode
31
Base of Spot Switch
6
Lamp
32
Spot Switch
7
Lamp Holder
33
Connection
8
Lamp Shield
34
Base of Connection
9
Nut
35
Main Transformer
10
Knob
36
Nut
11
Bolt
37
Spring Washer
12
Nameplate
38
Washer
13
Panel
39
Support Shelf of Transformer
14
Red Button
40
Bolt
15
Green Button
41
Base of Sliding Block
16
Base of Deflection Wheel
42
Inner-Hexagonal Bolt
17
Bolt
43
Iron Wedge
18
Deflection Wheel
44
Copper Block
19
Washer
20
Axes
46
Bolt
21
Spring Washer
47
Label
22
Nut
48
Button Switch
23
Batten
49
Nail
24
Bolt
50
Connection Piece
25
Short Spring
51
Copper Pressure Block
26
Long Spring
52
Handle
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Assembly Drawing
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Limited 1 Year / 90 day warranty
Harbor Freight Tools Co. makes every effort to assure that its products meet high quality and
durability standards, and warrants to the original purchaser that for a period of ninety days from date of
purchase that the torch, liner, wire feed mechanism (if applicable), welding clamps, electrode holders,
cables and accessories packed with the welder are free of defects in materials and workmanship. This
Limited 90 Day/1 Year Warranty shall not apply to consumable parts such as tips, welding wire,
and gas nozzles. Harbor Freight Tools also warrants to the original purchaser, for a period of one year
from date of purchase, that the transformer and rectifier are free from defects in materials and workmanship (90 days if used by a professional contractor or if used as rental equipment). This warranty
does not apply to damage due directly or indirectly to misuse, abuse, negligence or accidents, repairs
or alterations outside our facilities, normal wear and tear, or to lack of maintenance. We shall in no
event be liable for death, injuries to persons or property, or for incidental, contingent, special or consequential damages arising from the use of our product. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation of exclusion may not apply to you.
This warranty is expressly in lieu of all other warranties, express or implied,
including the warranties of merchantability and fitness.
To take advantage of this warranty, the product or part must be returned to us with transportation charges prepaid. Proof of purchase date and an explanation of the complaint must accompany
the merchandise. If our inspection verifies the defect, we will either repair or replace the product at our
election or we may elect to refund the purchase price if we cannot readily and quickly provide you with
a replacement. We will return repaired products at our expense, but if we determine there is no defect,
or that the defect resulted from causes not within the scope of our warranty, then you must bear the
cost of returning the product.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from
state to state.
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