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  • Whats with power switches on the rear?

    Is their some logic in the on/off power switch being on the rear of both my Miller 211 and the Hyperthern? Its a bit of a pain fumbeling along the back edge feeling for the switch. No big deal breaker but curious if anyone knows the logic to the rear?

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    I can't tell give you the logic but it is inconvenient to say the least. I have gotten use to it but it took a while.

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    • #3
      I agree, They did it in my 2050 plazma and on my Dynasty.

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      • #4
        Likely it is cheaper to make, less heavy gauge copper wire. Probably saves them $1.25

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        • #5
          Could be carry over from the Pow Con days. They are tough to operate. They say Miller bought Pow Con for the inverter technology.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by walker View Post
            Likely it is cheaper to make, less heavy gauge copper wire. Probably saves them $1.25
            No reason to worry about the convenience to the owner... Or lack of.
            Lincoln did it on the Invertec also.

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            • #7
              Saving a few pennies

              As a former manufacturing engineer, I think that saving a few pennies is the real reason. From a human factors issue, it is just bad design, no excuse for it. Many welders do have the power switch on the front, where it belongs.

              Originally posted by walker View Post
              Likely it is cheaper to make, less heavy gauge copper wire. Probably saves them $1.25
              Richard

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              • #8
                Highly Phuking annoying. Couldn't agree more.

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                • #9
                  The switch on my MM210 is on the front, but turned horizontal. NBD to me, but when it came out there was a lot of complaints.

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                  • #10
                    My MM140 has it right upfront where it should be. If it really bothers you, you could extend the wires cut a hole and mount it in front where you want it. But that may void the warranty then, not sure.

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                    • #11
                      Whats with power switches on the rear?

                      I don't like it either on my 375 x on my dynasty 350 but they put the switch on the coolmate 3 on front what gives

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                      • #12
                        Pwer Swithes in the rear

                        Could this be to slow you down, giving the equipment additional time to cool?

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                        • #13
                          I really notice it on the plasma. I have a long lead and have the unit up out of the way. Its not a deal breaker and I understand it to some extent, switch close to the incoming lead is always good.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hardrockshot View Post
                            Could this be to slow you down, giving the equipment additional time to cool?
                            Maybe or keep people from constantly switching on and off their machine. Put some hours on that thing and think you need a new one.

                            I'm glad the coolant pump switch is on the front (Dynasty), I'll switch off the noise when the cup cools but a lot of time I don't try and reach the welder switch until I am done.

                            Mine is tough to get to right now but thinking on putting it back on its hand truck type cart, but its a PITA to get out of its anti theft area.

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                            • #15
                              It's not hard to move... Click these & read the captions:

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                              Yesterday, I pulled that #+$*^% nylock nut from the spool stud & put a wingnut on backward.

                              Last edited by Steve83; 03-06-2013, 07:02 PM.

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