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How to perform a thorough welder checkup

Already made your New Year’s resolutions? Why not add one more…

Give your welder a “once over” checkup.  This is something you should be doing on a regular basis, but usually gets overlooked.  While you have a little time before the race season starts up, these are the most common and easiest things to look at to keep your welder happy.

  • Inspect and tighten all cables including the ground clamp.
  • Inspect gas hoses and connections.
  • A good blow out will keep your machine running cool and prevent conductive metal dust from messing with internal connections.
  • Check the condition of the gun cable on your MIG welder for cuts in the rubber casing.
  • Check and tighten the contact tip and adapter.
  • Check the gun liner by making sure the wire pulls through the gun freely when the drive roll tension arm is released.
  • Check the drive rolls for wear and alignment with the wire/groove.
  • Inspect the torch cables and back cap on your TIG welder for cracks, and check the o-ring.
  • Check, add or change your TIG coolant if you’re gun is water-cooled.
  • Stock up on all your consumables now instead of when it’s too late and you need them.

Until next time,

Andy Weyenberg
Motorsports Marketing Manager

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