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Owner’s Manual & Safety Instructions
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Table of Contents
SAFETY
Safety.......................................................... 2
Setup........................................................... 7
Specifications.............................................. 7
Basic Welding............................................. 15
Welding Tips............................................... 23
Maintenance............................................... 27
Parts List and Diagrams............................. 30
Warranty..................................................... 32
WARNING SYMBOLS AND DEFINITIONS
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards.
Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
SETUP
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in minor or moderate injury.
Addresses practices not related to personal injury.
BASIC WELDING
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Read all safety warnings and instructions.
Failure to follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
General Safety
PROTECT yourself and others. Read and understand this information.
WELDING TIPS
1. Before use, read and understand
manufacturer′s instructions,
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS′s),
employer′s safety practices, and ANSI Z49.1.
2. Keep out of reach of children.
Keep children and bystanders away while operating.
3. Place the welder on a stable location before use.
If it falls while plugged in, severe injury,
electric shock, or fire may result.
MAINTENANCE
4. Do not overreach.
Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
5. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use
common sense when operating a welder.
Do not use a welder while you are tired or under
the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication.
A moment of inattention while operating welders
may result in serious personal injury.
6. Avoid unintentional starting. Make sure you are
prepared to begin work before turning on the Welder.
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7. Never leave the Welder unattended while
energized. Turn power off if you have to leave.
8. The warnings, precautions, 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.
9. This product, when used for welding and similar
applications, contains or produces a chemical
known to the State of California to cause cancer
and birth defects (or other reproductive harm).
(California Health & Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
10. Handling the cord on this product will expose
you to lead, a chemical known to the State of
California to cause cancer, and birth defects or
other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
(California Health & Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
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SAFETY
Fume and Gas Safety
FUMES AND GASES can be hazardous to your health.
2. Do not use near degreasing or
painting operations.
3. Keep head out of fumes.
Do not breathe exhaust fumes.
5. Work in a confined area only if it
is well-ventilated, or while wearing
an air-supplied respirator.
6. Have a recognized specialist in
Industrial Hygiene or Environmental Services
check the operation and air quality
and make recommendations
for the specific welding situation.
Follow OSHA guidelines for
Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL’s) and
the American Conference of Governmental
Industrial Hygienists recommendations for
Threshold Limit Values (TLV’s) for fumes and gases.
SETUP
4. Use enough ventilation, exhaust at arc, or
both, to keep fumes and gases from breathing
zone and general area. If engineering controls
are not feasible, use an approved respirator.
BASIC WELDING
1. Exposure to welding or cutting
exhaust fumes 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 cutting exhaust fumes are:
• Early onset of Parkinson’s Disease
• Heart disease
• Ulcers
• Damage to the reproductive organs
• Inflammation of the small intestine or
stomach
• Kidney damage
• Respiratory diseases such as
emphysema, bronchitis, or pneumonia
Arc Ray Safety
1. Wear ANSI-approved welding eye protection
featuring at least a number 10 shade lens rating.
2. Wear leather leggings, fire resistant shoes
or boots during use. Do not wear pants with
cuffs, shirts with open pockets, or any clothing
that can catch and hold molten metal or sparks.
5. When welding/cutting overhead or in confined
spaces, wear flame resistant ear plugs or
ear muffs to keep sparks out of ears.
MAINTENANCE
3. Keep clothing free of grease, oil,
solvents, or any flammable substances.
Wear dry, insulating gloves and protective clothing.
4. Wear an approved head covering to protect
the head and neck. Use aprons, cape, sleeves,
shoulder covers, and bibs designed and
approved for welding and cutting procedures.
WELDING TIPS
ARC RAYS can injure eyes and burn skin.
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Electrical Safety
ELECTRIC SHOCK can KILL.
SAFETY
1. Turn off, disconnect power, and
discharge electrode to ground before setting
down torch/electrode holder and before service.
6. Do not expose welders to rain or wet conditions.
Water entering a welder will increase
the risk of electric shock.
2. Do not touch energized electrical parts.
Wear dry, insulating gloves. Do not touch electrode
holder, electrode, welding torch, or welding wire with
bare hand. Do not wear wet or damaged gloves.
7. Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord
for carrying, pulling or unplugging the welder.
Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges
or moving parts. Damaged or entangled
cords increase the risk of electric shock.
3. Connect to grounded, GFCI‑protected
power supply only.
4. Do not use near water or damp objects.
SETUP
5. People with pacemakers should consult their
physician(s) before use. Electromagnetic fields
in close proximity to heart pacemaker could cause
pacemaker interference or pacemaker failure.
8. Do not use outdoors.
9. Insulate yourself from the workpiece and ground.
Use nonflammable, dry insulating material if possible,
or use dry rubber mats, dry wood or plywood, or
other dry insulating material large enough to cover
your full area of contact with the work or ground.
BASIC WELDING
Fire Safety
ARC AND HOT SLAG can cause fire.
1. Clear away or protect flammable objects.
Remove or make safe all combustible materials for a
radius of 35 feet (10 meters) around the work area.
Use a fire resistant material to cover or block all open
doorways, windows, cracks, and other openings.
2. Keep ABC-type fire extinguisher near
work area and know how to use it.
WELDING TIPS
3. Maintain a safe working environment.
Keep the work area well lit.
Make sure there is adequate surrounding workspace.
Keep the work area free of obstructions,
grease, oil, trash, and other debris.
MAINTENANCE
4. Do not operate welders in atmospheres
containing dangerously reactive or
flammable liquids, gases, vapors, or dust.
Provide adequate ventilation in work areas
to prevent accumulation of such substances.
Welders create sparks which may ignite flammable
substances or make reactive fumes toxic.
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5. If working on a metal wall, ceiling, etc.,
prevent ignition of combustibles on the
other side by moving the combustibles to a
safe location. If relocation of combustibles is
not possible, designate someone to serve as
a fire watch, equipped with a fire extinguisher,
during the cutting process and for at least one
half hour after the cutting is completed.
6. Do not weld or cut on materials having
a combustible coating or combustible
internal structure, as in walls or ceilings, without
an approved method for eliminating the hazard.
7. Do not dispose of hot slag in containers
holding combustible materials.
8. After welding, make a thorough examination
for evidence of fire. Be aware that easily
visible smoke or flame may not be present
for some time after the fire has started.
9. Do not apply heat to a container that has held
an unknown substance or a combustible
material whose contents, when heated,
can produce flammable or explosive vapors.
Clean and purge containers before applying heat.
Vent closed containers, including castings,
before preheating, welding, or cutting.
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1. Do not use the welder if the switch does not turn
it on and off. Any welder that cannot be controlled
with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
2. Disconnect the plug from the power
source before making any adjustments,
changing accessories, or storing welders.
Such preventive safety measures reduce the
risk of starting the welder accidentally.
5. Use the welder and accessories in accordance
with these instructions, taking into account the
working conditions and the work to be performed.
Use of the welder for operations different from those
intended could result in a hazardous situation.
SETUP
3. Prevent unintentional starting.
Ensure the switch is in the off-position before
connecting to power source or moving the welder.
Carrying or energizing welders that have
the switch on invites accidents.
4. Store idle welders out of the reach of children and
do not allow persons unfamiliar with the welder or
these instructions to operate the welder. Welders
are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
SAFETY
Welder use and care
2. Have your welder serviced by a qualified
repair person using only identical
replacement parts. This will ensure that
the safety of the welder is maintained.
3. Maintain labels and nameplates on the Welder.
These carry important information.
If unreadable or missing, contact
Harbor Freight Tools for a replacement.
4. Unplug before maintenance. Unplug the Welder
from its electrical outlet before any inspection,
maintenance, or cleaning procedures.
Gas Shielded Welding - Cylinder safety
Cylinders can explode when damaged.
1. Never weld on a pressurized or a closed cylinder.
2. Never allow an electrode holder,
electrode, welding torch, or welding
wire to touch the cylinder.
3. Keep cylinders away from any electrical circuits,
including welding circuits.
5. Use only correct gas shielding equipment
designed specifically for the type of welding
you will do. Maintain this equipment properly.
6. Protect gas cylinders from heat, being struck,
physical damage, slag, flames, sparks, and arcs.
7. Always use proper procedures to move cylinders.
MAINTENANCE
4. Keep protective cap in place over the valve
except when the cylinder is in use.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
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WELDING TIPS
1. Maintain welders. Check for misalignment or
binding of moving parts, breakage of parts
and any other condition that may affect the
welder’s operation. If damaged, have the
welder repaired before use. Many accidents
are caused by poorly maintained welders.
BASIC WELDING
Maintenance
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Grounding
SAFETY
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK AND DEATH
FROM INCORRECT GROUNDING WIRE CONNECTION:
Check with a qualified electrician if you are in doubt as to whether the outlet is properly grounded.
Have a plug installed by a certified electrician.
Do not use the welder if the power cord or plug is damaged. If damaged, have it repaired by a service facility
before use. If the plug will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician,
do not use adapter plugs.
DO NOT USE
125 V~ PLUG.
NOTE SIZE
DIFFERENCE.
SETUP
1. The green wire inside the cord is connected to
the grounding system in the welder. The green
wire in the cord must be the only wire connected
to the welder’s grounding system and must never
be attached to an electrically “live” terminal.
Never leave the grounding wire disconnected
or modify the Power Cord Plug in any way.
2. Make sure the tool is connected to an outlet having
the same configuration as the plug. If the tool must
be reconnected for use on a different type of electric
circuit, the reconnection should be made by qualified
service personnel; and after reconnection, the tool
should comply with all local codes and ordinances.
BASIC WELDING
3. A 250 V~ plug will need to be installed
by a certified electrician before use.
250 V~ 3-Prong Plug (6-50p) and Outlet (6-50r)
(for up to 250 V~ and up to 50 A)
4. The plug shown (NEMA 6-50p) is for use on a
50 A circuit. A different 250 V~ plug and outlet
combination may be used, provided it is rated
to handle the electrical requirements of the tool
and is installed by a certified electrician.
WELDING TIPS
Extension Cords
Do not use an extension cord on this welder.
Replacement Cords
MAINTENANCE
1. A qualified electrician can install either of the
following UL-listed, 3 wire cords as a replacement
cord for this welder:
12 AWG up to 6 feet long,
10 AWG up to 75 feet long, or
6 AWG up to 175 feet long.
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2. Do not install a thinner or longer
cord on this welder.
3. Do not patch cords of any length together for this
item, patches may allow moisture to penetrate
the insulation, resulting in electric shock.
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Symbology
Cooling Fan
Housing Ground Point
SAFETY
Open Circuit Voltage
Kilovolt Amperes
(Volts / 1000 * Amperes)
Inches Per Minute
American Wire Gauge
SETUP
Overheat Shutdown Indicator
Amperes
Specifications
Power Input
Welding Output
Capacity
Rated Duty Cycle
Open Circuit Voltage
KVA
Wire Speed
Cable Sizes
Wire Spool Capacity
Accessories
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240 V~, 24 A
DCEN/DCEP
30-180 A
18 gauge (0.048″) to 1/4″ (0.25″) mild or stainless steel
Not for welding aluminum
20% at 140A
(See explanation on page 16)
34
5.75
30 – 700 IPM
Ground: 6′, 7 AWG
Torch: 6′, 7 AWG
Power: 3-wire, 6′ 5″, 12 AWG
6-50P NEMA plug type
up to 10 lb. spool
(one 1 lb. spool of flux‑core wire included)
Spare Welder Tips (one each for .023″ and .030″– .035″ wire)
Welding Face Shield
Combination Wire Brush / Chipping Hammer
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BASIC WELDING
Torch Cable
Volts Alternating Current
WELDING TIPS
Workpiece Ground Cable
V~
A
OCV
KVA
IPM
AWG
MAINTENANCE
Wire Feed (Speed)
Setup
SAFETY
Read the ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION section at the beginning of this manual
including all text under subheadings therein before set up or use of this product.
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM ACCIDENTAL OPERATION:
Turn the Power Switch off and unplug the welder before assembly.
Note: Remove the protective foam and cardboard from the welder before setup.
Face Shield Assembly
SETUP
1. Attach the handle to the Face Shield by lining
up the two rectangular tabs on the handle with
the corresponding holes in the face shield and
B
Round
Tab
B
A
A
A. press the tabs through the holes and then
B. slide the tabs forward from the back,
locking the round tab in place.
Handle
Face Shield
(viewed from front)
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2. Wear heavy-duty work gloves, the edges of the
filter lens may be sharp. Remove any protective
film from both sides of the filter lens. Slide the
filter lens into the helmet behind the holding tabs.
Make sure that the filter lens fits securely and
that light cannot leak around its edges.
Filter Lens
Face Shield
(viewed from back)
WELDING TIPS
Plug Attachment
DO NOT USE
125 V~ PLUG.
NOTE SIZE
DIFFERENCE.
1. A 250 V~ plug will need to be installed
by a certified electrician before use.
2. The plug shown is for use on a 50 A circuit. A
different 250 V~ plug and outlet combination
may be used, provided it is rated to handle
the electrical requirements of the tool and
is installed by a certified electrician.
MAINTENANCE
Note: Although 125 V~ plugs may look similar,
the required plug is much larger, see illustration.
250 V~ 3-Prong Plug (6-50p) and Outlet (6-50r)
(for up to 250 V~ and up to 50 A)
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Wire Spool Installation
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1. Turn the welder OFF and unplug
it before proceeding.
SAFETY
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WIRE FEED WELDER
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WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
2. Pull up on the door latch,
then open the Door.
SETUP
Door
door
latch
3. Remove the Spool Knob, Spool Spring, and upper
Spool Plate. If replacing a Spool, remove the old
Spool and all remaining wire from the liners.
Spool Spring
Upper
Spool Plate
4. Place the new Wire Spool over the Spool Spindle
and on top of the lower Spool Plate as illustrated.
To prevent wire feed problems, set the
Spool so that it will unwind clockwise.
Wire Spool
BASIC WELDING
Spool Knob
Spool Spindle
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wire must
unwind this
direction
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MAINTENANCE
5. Secure Spool in place with the upper Spool Plate
(narrower end against the Spool),
then the Spool Spring and Spool Knob.
WELDING TIPS
Lower
Spool Plate
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Flux Core (Gas-less) Polarity Setup
SAFETY
6a. Flux Core (Gas-less) Wire Setup:
Remove the two Knobs securing the cables.
Connect the Black Ground Cable to the rear, red,
positive Terminal using the Knob.
Connect the Red Torch Cable to the front, black,
negative Terminal using the other Knob.
This is the initial setup, called
Direct Current Electrode Negative (DCEN).
DCEN
Knobs
Torch Polarity: –
+ –
Torch
(Red)
Ground
(Black)
Ground Polarity: +
6b. Solid Core (Gas Shielded) Wire Setup:
Solid Core (Gas Shielded) Polarity Setup
SETUP
a. Remove the two Knobs securing the cables.
Connect the Black Ground Cable to the front,
black, negative Terminal using the Knob.
Connect the Red Torch Cable to the rear, red,
positive Terminal using the other Knob.
This is called Direct Current Electrode Positive
(DCEP).
BASIC WELDING
b. Determine which type of shielding gas
would be appropriate for the welding
you will do - see chart on welder.
WELDING TIPS
d. Remove the protective cap from the cylinder (if
present). Stand to the side of the valve opening,
and open the valve briefly to blow dust and dirt
from the valve opening. Close the cylinder valve.
DCEP
Knobs
Torch Polarity: +
+ –
Ground
(Black)
Torch
(Red)
Ground Polarity: –
c
c. With assistance, set the cylinder
(not included) onto a shelf or cart near
the welder and secure the cylinder in
place with two straps (not included).
e. Obtain an appropriate Regulator/Flowmeter
(not included) and close its valve completely.
Thread its inlet connector onto the
cylinder and wrench tighten.
d
f
Briefly open valve
to clean,
then close
valve.
e
MAINTENANCE
Note: If the threads do not match, then the Regulator/
Flowmeter is likely for a different type of cylinder/gas.
f. Attach the Gas Hose securely to the
outlet of the Regulator/Flowmeter
using a hose clamp (sold separately).
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Feed
Tensioner
Feed Swing
Arm
SETUP
Feed
Roller
Knob
A. Twist the Feed Roller Knob about 1/3 of a
turn counterclockwise  until it stops.
C.Flip the Feed Roller as needed and
confirm that the number facing you is the
same as the wire diameter on the Spool.
(0.8mm = .030" & 0.6mm = .023")
B
Feed
Roller
.023 groove
and stamp
.030/.035 groove
and stamp
B. Pull the Feed Roller Knob straight
off to expose the Feed Roller.
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A
D
MAINTENANCE
D.Place the Feed Roller Knob back into place in
the same orientation it was removed in, and twist
it about 1/3 of a turn clockwise to secure it.
C
WELDING TIPS
8. Feed Roller Instructions:
Check that the Feed Roller is turned to properly
match the wire size marked on the Wire Spool:
SAFETY
7. Turn the Feed Tensioner knob counterclockwise to
loosen it enough to pull it down to remove tension.
(Do not loosen the Tensioner knob too much, or the
Tensioner will come apart.)
Then, swing the Feed Swing Arm up.
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IMPORTANT:
SAFETY
Securely hold onto the end of the
welding wire and keep tension on
it during the following steps.
If this is not done, the welding wire
will unravel and create a tangled
“bird’s nest”, wasting wire.
SETUP
9. Cut off all bent and crimped wire.
The cut end must have no burrs or
sharp edges; cut again if needed.
welding
wire
HOLD WIRE
SECURELY
Wire
Liner
10. Keep tension on the wire and guide at least
12 inches of wire into the Wire Liners.
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Wire
Spool
11. Swing the wire feed swing arm down, and swing
the feed tensioner up to latch it across the tip of
the arm. Make sure the Welding Wire is resting in
the bottom groove of the Feed Roller, then turn the
feed tensioner knob clockwise a couple of turns.
After the wire is held by the tensioner,
you may release it.
leader
wire liner
feed
swing arm
Feed Roller
WELDING TIPS
Torch
12. Pull the Nozzle to remove it.
MAINTENANCE
13. Using the third oval hole on the Multi‑wrench, turn
the Contact Tip counterclockwise and remove.
feed
tensioner
Nozzle
Contact
Tip
hole for
Contact Tip
14. Lay the Torch Cable out in a straight line so that
the wire moves through it easily. Leave the cover
open, so that the feed mechanism can be observed.
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Multi-wrench
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WARNING
To prevent serious injury from fire or electric shock:
1. Do not touch anything (especially not the Ground Clamp)
with the Torch or welding wire, or an arc may be ignited.
SETUP
2. Do not touch internal welder components
while it is plugged in.
SAFETY
The following steps require applying power
to the welder with the cover open.
15. Do not touch the Torch’s Trigger.
Plug the Power Cord into its electrical
outlet and turn the welder ON.
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WIRE FEED WELDER
WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
2″
Torch
WELDING TIPS
Welding
Wire
IMPORTANT
Stainless steel wire is less flexible than
other welding wire. Therefore, it is more
difficult to feed through the liner and torch.
It is especially important to keep the torch cable
straight while feeding stainless steel wire.
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MAINTENANCE
16. Point the Torch away from all objects and press the
trigger until the wire feeds through two inches.
The wire liner may come out with
the welding wire, this is normal,
just push the wire liner back into the Torch.
If the wire does not feed properly and the Spool is
stationary, turn the welder OFF, unplug it, and slightly
tighten the feed tensioner clockwise before retrying.
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Incrementally
increase tension
until
wire bends.
″
SETUP
18. TURN THE WELDER OFF.
2-3
SAFETY
17. To check the wire’s drive tension, feed the wire
against a piece of wood from 2 to 3 inches away.
If the wire stops instead of bending,
turn the welder OFF, unplug it,
slightly tighten the feed tensioner clockwise,
and try again.
If the wire bends from the feed pressure,
then the tension is set properly.
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WIRE FEED WELDER
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WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
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19. Select a Contact Tip that is compatible with the
welding wire used. The pre‑installed Tip is .035″.
Slide the Contact Tip over the wire
and thread it clockwise into the Torch.
Tighten the Contact Tip using the Multi-wrench.
20. Replace the Nozzle and cut the wire
off at 1/2″ from tip (1/2″ stickout).
Torch
Nozzle
Contact
Tip
WELDING TIPS
21. Swing the Door closed, lift the door latch, press
on the bottom center of the Door until the door
is completely closed, and release the latch.
Door
door
latch
MAINTENANCE
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Basic Welding
SAFETY
Read the ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY
INFORMATION section at the beginning of this
manual including all text under subheadings
therein before welding.
SETUP
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY:
Protective gear must be worn when using the
Welder; minimum shade number 10 full face shield
(or welding mask), ear protection, welding gloves,
sleeves and apron, NIOSH-approved respirator, and
fire resistant work clothes without pockets should be
worn when welding.
Light from the arc can cause
permanent damage to the eyes and skin.
Do not breathe arc fumes.
Good welding takes a degree of skill and experience.
Practice a few sample welds on scrap before
welding your first project. Additional practice
periods are recommended whenever you weld:
•
•
•
•
a different thickness of material
a different type of material
a different type of connection
using a different technique (MIG vs. flux)
Practice your welding
technique on scrap
pieces before welding
anything of value.
MAINTENANCE
WELDING TIPS
Make practice welds on pieces of scrap to practice
technique before welding anything of value.
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Flux-core wire welding is used to weld sheet metal and
low carbon steel without shielding gas. MIG welding uses
solid-core wire and shielding gas, and is used to weld sheet
metal and low carbon steel. MIG welding can also be used
to weld thinner workpieces than flux-core welding can.
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Control Panel Layout
SAFETY
Overload
Indicator
Torch
Cable
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SETUP
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Power
Switch
Current
Switch
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WIRE FEED WELDER
Wire
Speed
Dial
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WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
Ground
Cable
WELDING TIPS
Overload Indicator:
This lights up if duty cycle work period is exceeded,
resulting in overheating the welder.
Rest the Torch on an electrically non‑conductive,
heat-resistant surface, such as a concrete slab, well
clear of the ground clamp while allowing the welder
to cool with the Power Switch on, so the Fan can
help cool the welder. Once the welder cools enough
to be used again, use shorter welding periods and
longer rest periods to prevent needless wear.
MAINTENANCE
Power Switch:
This turns on power to the welding Torch and
internal cooling fan. The welding Torch is
energized whenever the Power Switch is on.
Current Switch:
This controls the output amperage of the welder.
Adjust this according to the weld settings
chart to achieve a good weld.
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Power
Cord
Wire Speed Dial:
This controls the speed that the welding wire
feeds out of the welding Torch and
adapts output amperage somewhat.
Adjust this according to the weld settings
chart to achieve a good weld.
Power Cord:
Plug the Power Cord into a properly grounded
240 V~ (at least 30 amp rating) outlet with
delayed action type circuit breaker or fuses.
Torch Cable:
The welding Torch connects here.
The wire and welding current feeds to
the weld through here. The welding Torch is
energized whenever the Power Switch is on.
Ground Cable:
This connects to the base metal to provide a good
connection for the current to travel back to the welder.
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SETUP
This welder has an internal thermal protection system
to help prevent this sort of over-stress. When the unit
overheats, it automatically shuts down and the Overload
Indicator lights, then the welder automatically returns
to service after cooling off. Rest the Torch on an
electrically non-conductive, heat‑proof surface, such as
a concrete slab, well clear of the ground clamp while
allowing the welder to cool with the Power Switch on, so
that the internal Fan will help cool the welder. When the
welder can be used again, use shorter welding periods
and longer rest periods to prevent needless wear.
20% Rated Duty Cycle
at 140A output
2 minutes welding
followed by
at least 8 minutes
of rest
Torch
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(or other heat-proof,
non-conductive
surface)
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WIRE FEED WELDER
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WIRE FEED SPEED
WELDING TIPS
240V~
MAINTENANCE
Note: The following charts are only intended
to show general guidelines for different wire
sizes and for different thicknesses of material.
The settings should only be used at the
beginning of a weld and must be adjusted after
stopping and carefully inspecting the weld.
Proper welding takes experience.
BASIC WELDING
Avoid damage to the Welder by not welding
for more than the prescribed duty cycle time.
The Duty Cycle defines the number of minutes,
within a 10 minute period, during which a given
welder can produce a particular welding current
without overheating. For example, this Welder
with a 20% duty cycle at rated output (140A)
must be allowed to rest for at least 8 minutes
after every 2 minutes of continuous welding.
Failure to carefully observe any duty cycle limitations
can easily over-stress a welder’s power generation
system contributing to premature welder failure.
SAFETY
Duty Cycle (Duration of Use)
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Flux Weld Settings
NO
GAS
SAFETY
DCEN
Polarity
Metal Thickness
Material
Being
Welded
Mild
Steel
Wire
Type
Shielding
Gas
Flux-core
(E71T-GS)
NO
GAS
Required
Wire
Suggested
Diameter
Settings
Current
.030″
Wire Feed
.035″
Wire Feed
22 Ga
.030″
0.8mm
18 Ga
.048″
1.2mm
16 Ga
.060″
1.5mm
14 Ga
.075″
2.0mm
1/8″
3.2mm
3/16″
4.8mm
B
2.5
C
3
C
4
C
4
C
5
D
5
D
6
D
7
E
9
Current
1/4″
6.4mm
SETUP
BASIC WELDING
MIG Weld Settings
GAS
DCEP
Polarity
Metal Thickness
WELDING TIPS
Material
Being
Welded
Mild
Steel
Wire
Type
Solid
(E70S-6)
Wire
Diameter
Shielding
Gas
Suggested
Settings
.023″
75% CO2
Current
+25% Argon
6-8L / MIN Wire Feed
.030″
75% CO2
Current
+25% Argon
8-10L / MIN Wire Feed
.035″
75% CO2
Current
+25% Argon
8-10L / MIN Wire Feed
22 Ga
.030″
0.8mm
18 Ga
.048″
1.2mm
16 Ga
.060″
1.5mm
14 Ga
.075″
2.0mm
1/8″
3.2mm
A
B
4.5
5
A
B
B
C
C
3.5
4
6
6
7
A
B
B
3
5
6
3/16″
4.8mm
1/4″
6.4mm
C
D
F
8
9
10
MAINTENANCE
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Setting Up The Weld
SAFETY
1. Make practice welds on pieces of scrap the
same thickness as your intended workpiece
to practice technique before welding anything
of value. Clean the weld surfaces thoroughly
with a wire brush or angle grinder; there
must be no rust, paint, oil, or other materials
on the weld surfaces, only bare metal.
2. Use clamps (not included) to hold the workpieces
in position so that you can concentrate on
proper welding technique. The distance
(if any) between the two workpieces must be
controlled properly to allow the weld to hold
both sides securely while allowing the weld
to penetrate fully into the joint. The edges of
thicker workpieces may need to be chamfered
(or beveled) to allow proper weld penetration.
clamps
workpieces
SETUP
Clean
surfaces to
bare metal.
Chamfer thick workpieces.
3. Clamp Ground Cable to bare metal on the
workpiece near the weld area, or to metal work
bench where the workpiece is clamped.
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WIRE FEED WELDER
ITEM 68886
WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
Ground
Clamp
Clean
surface to
bare metal.
I
BASIC WELDING
Workpiece
4. Set the Wire Speed Dial and the Current Switch to
the desired settings.
Refer to the chart on the welder or the chart on the
previous page.
DO NOT SWITCH THE CURRENT
WHILE WELDING.
MIG 180
WIRE FEED WELDER
ITEM 68886
WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
+
WELDING TIPS
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WIRE FEED WELDER
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WIRE FEED SPEED
MAINTENANCE
240V~
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SAFETY
DANGER! TO PREVENT DEATH
FROM ASPHYXIATION:
Do not open gas without proper ventilation. Fix gas
leaks immediately.
Shielding gas can displace air and cause rapid loss of
consciousness and death.
Shielding gas without carbon dioxide can be even
more hazardous,
because asphyxiation can start
without feeling shortness of breath.
SETUP
5. Gas shielded, solid-core wire only:
Open gas tank valve and adjust regulator/
flowmeter to flow rate indicated on chart.
BASIC WELDING
6. Flip the Power Switch to the OFF position, then plug
the Welder into a dedicated, 240 V~ receptacle that
matches the plug.
The circuit must be equipped with delayed
action type circuit breaker or fuses.
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WIRE FEED WELDER
ITEM 68886
WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
WELDING TIPS
7. Hold the Torch, without touching the Trigger, with the
wire and tip clearly out of the way of any grounded
objects.
Then, turn the Power Switch ON.
HOLD
TORCH
CLEAR
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WIRE FEED WELDER
ITEM 68886
WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
MAINTENANCE
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Basic Welding Technique
stringer bead
weave bead
4. Direct the welding wire straight into the joint.
This gives an angle of 90° (straight up and
down) for butt (end to end) welds, and an
angle of 45° for fillet (T-shaped) welds.
Weld Torch angles,
viewed from front of weld joint.
90°
45°
fillet weld joint
5. The end of torch should be tilted so that wire
is angled anywhere in-between straight on
and 15° in the direction you are welding. The
amount of tilt is called the drag angle.
Drag Angle
0-15°
Weld
Direction
Stickout
(up to 1/2″)
MAINTENANCE
6. The welding wire should extend no more than 1/2″
past the tip.
This distance is called stickout or CTWD
- Contact Tip to Work Distance.
butt weld joint
WELDING TIPS
3. Hold Torch in one hand and the face shield in
the other. If a hands-free welding shield (not
included, see #6, page 4 for guidelines) is used,
then both hands can be used to control Torch.
SETUP
For a wider weld, draw the wire back and forth
across the joint,
this is called a weave bead and takes
practice to perform properly.
BASIC WELDING
2. For a narrow weld, you can usually draw the wire in
a steady straight line,
this is called a stringer bead.
SAFETY
1. Press (and hold) Trigger and contact area to
be welded with electrode wire to ignite arc.
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SAFETY
Note: If Welder is used too long, the amber Overload
Indicator will light and the Welder Torch will shut off
until the welder cools. If this happens, rest the Torch
on an electrically non-conductive, heat-resistant
surface, such as a concrete slab, well clear of the
ground clamp. Wait about 8-10 minutes with the Power
Switch ON for the welder to cool. When the welder
can be used again, use shorter welding periods and
longer rest periods to help prevent needless wear.
Torch
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concrete slab
(or other heat-proof,
non-conductive
surface)
MIG 180
WIRE FEED WELDER
ITEM 68886
WIRE FEED SPEED
After practice welding for a few
seconds, STOP and examine
your weld using the guidelines
starting on the next page.
240V~
SETUP
7. After welding the test weld on a piece of scrap
for a few seconds, stop, and check your progress.
Clean, then compare your weld’s appearance with
the diagrams and descriptions in the Welding Tips
section starting on the next page. After making
any necessary adjustments, continue to weld
while carefully following the DUTY CYCLE
guidelines as explained on page 20.
FOLLOW DUTY CYCLE!
BASIC WELDING
CAUTION! Weld will be hot, do not touch.
up to 2 minutes
welding at rated output
8. When the weld is complete, lift the Torch and
welding wire clearly away from any grounded
object, and turn the Power Switch off.
HOLD
TORCH
CLEAR
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MIG 180
WIRE FEED WELDER
ITEM 68886
WIRE FEED SPEED
9. Set the Torch down on a heat-proof, electrically
non-conductive surface. Unplug the Power Cord.
240V~
Torch
concrete slab
MAINTENANCE
10. MIG ONLY:
Close shielding gas tank valve completely.
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(or other heat-proof,
non-conductive
surface)
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SKU 68886
A typical flux-core wire (FCAW) weld
before cleaning.
weld bead
slag
spatter
base metal
A typical solid wire (GMAW) weld
before cleaning.
spatter
weld bead
SETUP
base metal
Cleaning the Weld
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY:
Continue to wear ANSI-approved safety
goggles and protective wear when
cleaning a weld.
Sparks or chips may fly when cleaning.
Chipping
Hammer
1. A weld from flux core wire will be covered by slag, use
the Chipping Hammer to knock this off. Be careful
not to damage the weld or base material.
Wire Brush
2. Then, use the Wire Brush to further
clean the weld or use an angle grinder
(sold separately) to shape the weld.
BASIC WELDING
A good way to test welding technique is to examine
a weld’s appearance after it has cooled and the slag
has been removed. Then, better welding can be
learned by adjusting your weld technique
to remedy any problems found.
SAFETY
Welding Tips
clamp
dead-blow hammer
SCRAP
workpiece
WARNING! This test WILL damage the weld it is
performed on. This test is ONLY an indicator of weld
technique and is not intended to test working welds.
1. After two scraps have been welded together and the
weld has cooled, clamp one scrap in a sturdy vise.
2. Stay clear from underneath while you strike
the opposite scrap with a heavy hammer,
preferably a dead-blow hammer.
GOOD WELD
bends and is not brittle
dead-blow hammer
3. A GOOD WELD will deform but not break,
as shown on top.
A POOR WELD will be brittle and snap at the weld,
as shown on bottom.
clamp
SCRAP
workpiece
POOR WELD
snaps or cracks
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MAINTENANCE
A test weld on a PIECE OF SCRAP can be tested by
using the following procedure.
WEAR ANSI GOGGLES DURING THIS PROCEDURE.
WELDING TIPS
Strike Test
Weld Diagnosis
Workpiece Heat Control / Weld Penetration
SAFETY
SETUP
INADEQUATE PENETRATION
PROPER PENETRATION
EXCESS PENETRATION OR
BURN-THROUGH
Not hot enough
Ideal heat
Too hot
How to increase workpiece heat
and increase penetration:
How to reduce workpiece heat
and limit penetration:
(to weld THICKER workpieces properly)
(to weld THINNER workpieces properly)
a.Increase weld current c.Use faster wire feed
a.Decrease weld current c.Use slower wire feed
b.Weld more slowly
b.Weld more quickly
d.Use shorter stickout
d.Use longer stickout
BASIC WELDING
Example Weld Diagrams
WELDING TIPS
Good
Weld
MAINTENANCE
Current
Too Low or
Wire Feed
Too Slow
Current
Too High or
Wire Feed
Too Fast
Weld Speed
Too Fast
Weld Speed
Too Slow
Stickout
Too Long
or Wrong
Polarity
TO CORRECT:
TO CORRECT:
TO CORRECT:
TO CORRECT:
TO CORRECT:
weld
faster
Check Polarity
and
maintain
less
than 1/2″
stickout
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WIRE FEED WELDER
MIG
180
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WIRE FEED WELDER
orMIG 180
WIRE FEED WELDER
MIG
180
ITEM 68886
WIRE FEED WELDER
ITEM 68886
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WIRE FEED SPEED
WIRE FEED SPEED
WIRE FEED SPEED
WIRE FEED SPEED
240V~
240V~
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weld
slower
or
240V~
240V~
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Weld Problems
EXCESS PENETRATION OR
BURN-THROUGH
Weld droops on top and
underneath, or falls through
entirely, making a hole.
PROPER PENETRATION
Weld is visible underneath and
bulges slightly on top.
INADEQUATE PENETRATION
Weld does not contact the joint
fully, just on the surface.
SAFETY
Penetration (Workpiece Heat Control)
2.
3.
4.
PROFILE
VIEW
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Improper clamping:
Clamp workpieces securely.
Make tack welds to hold workpieces.
2. Excessive heat:
Weld a small portion and allow to cool before
proceeding.
Increase weld speed.
Reduce wire feed speed.
Weld Not Adhering Properly
Gaps present between weld and previous bead or
between weld and workpiece. See areas below.
PROFILE
VIEW
Coat of Slag Over Weld
1.
TOP
VIEW
PARTIALLY CHIPPED AWAY TO SHOW WELD
Slag is a necessary part of a flux-core wire
weld. It shields the weld from impurities.
Clean off the slag with the Chipping
Hammer and Wire Brush after welding.
2.
Gas-shielded MIG welds are protected by the
shielding gas and do not need slag to protect them.
4.
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BASIC WELDING
1.
3.
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
Incorrect welding technique:
Place stringer bead at correct place in joint.
Adjust workpiece position or weld angle to permit
proper welding to bottom of piece.
Pause briefly at sides during weave bead.
Keep arc on leading edge of weld puddle.
Hold torch at proper angles.
Insufficient weld heat:
Increase current.
Increase wire feed speed.
Dirty workpiece:
Clean workpiece down to bare metal.
Insufficient weld material:
Increase wire feed speed.
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WELDING TIPS
Bend at Joint
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
Incorrect welding technique:
Maintain 1/2″ or less stickout.
Keep arc on leading edge of weld puddle.
Hold torch at proper angles.
Insufficient weld heat:
Reduce welding speed.
Increase weld current.
Workpieces too thick/close:
Bevel thick workpieces, allow slight
gap, and weld in several passes.
Insufficient weld material:
Increase wire feed speed.
MAINTENANCE
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Workpiece overheating:
Reduce wire feed speed.
Decrease weld current.
2. Welding speed too slow:
Increase welding speed and ensure
that welding speed is kept steady.
3. Excessive material at weld:
Reduce wire feed speed.
SETUP
PROFILE VIEWS
Excessive Spatter
SAFETY
Porosity
Small cavities or holes in the bead.
TOP
VIEW
1.
SETUP
2.
3.
4.
TOP
VIEW
BASIC WELDING
WELDING TIPS
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
Incorrect polarity:
Check that polarity is set correctly
for type of welding.
Insufficient shielding gas (MIG only):
Increase flow of gas.
Clean nozzle.
Maintain proper stickout.
Incorrect shielding gas (MIG only):
Use shielding gas recommended by wire supplier.
Dirty workpiece or welding wire:
Clean workpiece down to bare metal.
Make certain that wire is clean and free
from oil, coatings, and other residues.
Inconsistent welding speed:
Maintain steady weld speed.
Stickout too long:
Reduce stickout.
5.
Crooked/Wavy Bead
6.
Fine spatter is normal.
Spatter that is grainy and large is a problem.
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Dirty workpiece or welding wire:
Clean workpiece down to bare metal.
Make certain that wire is clean and free
from oil, coatings, and other residues.
2. Incorrect polarity:
Check that polarity is set correctly
for type of welding.
3. Insufficient shielding gas (MIG only):
Increase flow of gas.
Clean nozzle.
Maintain proper stickout.
4. Wire feeding too fast:
Reduce wire feed speed.
5. Stickout too long:
Reduce stickout.
Burn-Through
Base material melts away,
leaving a hole in the weld.
TOP
VIEW
TOP
VIEW
MAINTENANCE
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Inaccurate welding:
Use two hands or rest hand on steady surface.
2. Inconsistent welding speed:
Maintain steady weld speed.
3. Stickout too long:
Reduce stickout.
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POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Workpiece overheating:
Reduce current and/or wire feed speed.
2. Welding speed too slow:
Increase welding speed and ensure
that welding speed is kept steady.
3. Excessive material at weld:
Reduce wire feed speed.
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TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY,
FIRE AND BURNS:
Unplug the welder, rest the Torch on a
heat-proof, electrically non-conductive
surface, and allow all parts of the Welder
to cool thoroughly before service.
+
1. Periodically remove the Side Panel, and using
compressed air, blow out all dust from the interior.
SAFETY
Maintenance
Torch
concrete slab
(or other heat-proof,
non-conductive
surface)
2. Store in a clean and dry location.
SETUP
3. For optimal weld quality, clean and
inspect the Contact Tip and Nozzle
before each use, as explained below:
Nozzle and Contact Tip Inspection and Cleaning
BASIC WELDING
1. Make sure that the entire Torch is completely
cool and that the Power Cord is unplugged
from the electrical outlet before proceeding.
2. Turn the Nozzle counterclockwise
while pulling to remove.
3. Scrub the interior of the Nozzle
clean with a wire brush.
4. Examine the end of the Nozzle. The end should be
flat and even. If the end is uneven, chipped, melted,
cracked, or otherwise damaged, the Nozzle will
adversely effect the weld and should be replaced.
7. Examine the shape of the hole at the end of
the Contact Tip. It should be an even circle, it
should not be oblong or have any bulges in it.
8. If any problems are noted, Contact Tip replacement
would be advisable. Select a new Tip that is
the correct size for the welding wire used.
9. Reinstall the Tip and securely
reinstall the Nozzle as well.
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Nozzle
Contact
Tip
hole for
Contact Tip
MAINTENANCE
6. Scrub the outside of the Tip clean with a wire brush.
Clean out the inside of the tip with a tip
cleaner (sold separately). Check that the Tip
is the proper type for the wire size used.
WELDING TIPS
Torch
5. Using the third oval hole on the Multi-wrench,
turn the Contact Tip counterclockwise
and slide it off the welding wire.
Multi-wrench
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Troubleshooting
IMPORTANT!
SAFETY
Be CERTAIN to shut off the Welder, disconnect it from power, and discharge the Torch to ground
before adjusting, cleaning, or repairing the unit.
Wire feed motor runs but wire does not feed properly
SETUP
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Insufficient wire feed pressure:
Increase wire feed pressure properly - follow step 17 on page 17.
2. Incorrect wire feed roll size:
Flip roll to correct size, follow the Wire Spool Installation instructions, starting on page 12.
3. Damaged Torch, cable, or liner assembly:
Have a qualified technician inspect these parts and replace as necessary.
Wire creates a bird’s nest during operation
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
BASIC WELDING
1. Excess wire feed pressure:
Adjust wire feed pressure properly - follow step 17 on page 17.
2. Incorrect contact tip size:
Replace with the proper tip for wire used.
3. Torch end not inserted into drive housing properly:
Loosen torch securing bolt and push torch end into housing just enough
so that it does not touch wire feed mechanism.
4. Damaged liner:
Have a qualified technician inspect and repair/replace as necessary.
Welding arc not stable
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
WELDING TIPS
1. Wire not feeding properly:
See first Troubleshooting section above.
2. Incorrect contact tip size:
Replace with the proper tip for wire used.
3. Incorrect wire feed speed:
Adjust wire feed speed to achieve a more stable arc.
4. Loose Torch cable or ground cable:
Check to ensure that all connections are tight.
5. Damaged Torch or loose connection within Torch:
Have a qualified technician inspect and repair/replace as necessary.
MAINTENANCE
Weak Arc strength
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Incorrect line voltage:
Check the line voltage and, if insufficient, have a licensed electrician remedy the situation.
2. Improper gauge or length of cord:
Extension cords are not recommended. If possible, eliminate the use of an extension cord.
If a longer cord is needed, refer to the replacement cord guidelines on page 7.
3. Not enough current:
Switch current to proper setting for metal thickness.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Be CERTAIN to shut off the Welder, disconnect it from power, and discharge the Torch to ground
before adjusting, cleaning, or repairing the unit.
Power switch lights,
but welder does not function when switched on
SETUP
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Tripped thermal protection device:
Stop welding and allow welder to cool for at least 20 minutes.
Reduce duration or frequency of welding periods to help reduce wear on the welder.
Refer to Duty Cycle section on page 20.
2. Faulty or improperly connected Trigger:
Qualified technician must check and secure/replace Trigger.
SAFETY
IMPORTANT!
Power switch does not light when switched on
Unit is not connected to outlet properly or outlet is unpowered:
Verify the voltage at the outlet and the connection to the outlet.
If voltage is not present at outlet, check circuit breaker/GFCI devices; if any are tripped, determine and remedy
cause before resetting.
Verify that the circuit is designed to supply the required input voltage and amperage as detailed on the
Specifications table.
Make sure installed plug is correct rating (250 V~, 50 A recommended) - see page 7.
Wire Feeds, but arc does not ignite
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY
THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR HAS PROVIDED THE PARTS LIST AND ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM
IN THIS MANUAL AS A REFERENCE TOOL ONLY. NEITHER THE MANUFACTURER OR DISTRIBUTOR
MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND TO THE BUYER THAT HE OR SHE IS
QUALIFIED TO MAKE ANY REPAIRS 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.
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MAINTENANCE
WELDING TIPS
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Improper ground connection:
Make certain that the workpiece is contacted properly by the Ground Clamp and that the
workpiece is properly cleaned near the ground clamp and the welding location.
2. Improperly sized or excessively worn Contact Tip:
Verify that Contact Tip is the proper size for welding wire.
Check that the hole in the tip is not deformed or enlarged.
Also, check that the tip is not dirty; this would prevent a good connection.
If needed, replace Contact Tip with proper size and type.
BASIC WELDING
POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
Parts List and Diagrams
SAFETY
Wiring Diagram
Welding Torch Switch
Thermal
Relay
SETUP
Gas
Gasless
Welding Torch
Ground
Clamp
Gas/Gasless
Wire Feed Motor
BASIC WELDING
Parts List
Part
WELDING TIPS
MAINTENANCE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Description
Ground Clamp (and Cable)
Power Cord
Grommet
Current Knob
Wire Speed Knob
Front Panel
PCB Bracket
PCB
Divider
Control Transformer
Foot
Thermal Protector
Transformer
Right Panel
Gas Connector
Back Panel
Fan
Rectifier Bracket
Rectifier
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Note: If product has no serial number, record
month and year of purchase instead.
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Qty
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Part
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21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
Description
Qty
Handle
Spool Holder
Hinge
Wire Feed Mechanism
Left Panel
Red Terminal
Latch
Black Terminal
Rubber Tube
Indicator
Torch Cable Grommet
Power Switch
Torch (and Cable)
Face Shield Handle
Face Shield Shell
Filter Lens
Wire Brush / Chipping Hammer
Wrench
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Note: Some parts are listed and shown for
illustration purposes only, and are not available
individually as replacement parts.
For technical questions, please call 1-800-444-3353.
SKU 68886
Assembly Diagram
35
36
37
31
SAFETY
32
1
30
28
34
29
2
27
3
26
25
24
33
5
23
SETUP
4
6
22
21
8
20
9
19
10
BASIC WELDING
7
17
12
16
13
15
MAINTENANCE
14
WELDING TIPS
18
11
SKU 68886
For technical questions, please call 1-800-444-3353.
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Limited 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 this product is free from defects in materials and
workmanship for the period of 90 days from the date of purchase. This warranty does not apply to damage
due directly or indirectly, to misuse, abuse, negligence or accidents, repairs or alterations outside our
facilities, criminal activity, improper installation, 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.
3491 Mission Oaks Blvd. • PO Box 6009 • Camarillo, CA 93011 • (800) 444-3353
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