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  1. #1
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    Default Syncrowave 250 problem

    Hey all,
    i have a troubleshooting question for my newly acquired Syncrowave 250(used) yesterday i went to strike an arc and i felt what i can only describe as a tick in the torch handle and i lost current flow from the electrode, i still have gas flow, any idea's? thanks for any help that can be offered

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    1-water cooled torch?
    2-torch hooked up according to schematic?
    3-will it restrike or is it completely dead?
    4-by "tick in the torch handle", did it shock you?
    5-according to what you wrote, it established an arc, you felt the tick, then the arc extinguished?
    6-did you reset the *default* and try again?

    None of this answered your question, but it may give someone who can help a clue.
    Last edited by Nunya; 11-05-2007 at 05:24 PM.

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    1- yes
    2- yes
    3- no, it's dead
    4- no
    5- yes
    6- Actually i went to strike an arc in an awkward position and the Tungsten stuck to the work piece, i felt the tick and then it extinguished. The tick was very faint, it may have been a byproduct of the Tungsten hitting the work piece, i'm not 100% sure. The Volt Meter still registers voltage when i engage the remote if that helps. up to this point everything was working great.
    9- what do you mean reset default?

    Let me add that i am an experienced O/A, stick and MIG welder
    this is my first TIG and i am not up yet on all the associated lingo
    Last edited by Ed Jones; 11-05-2007 at 05:47 PM.

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    erj63,

    You really haven't given us a lot of info to help you much. I have a Sync 250 (for about 15 years) so I'll try to help.

    What were you trying to weld? Steel, alum,etc. Thickness.

    Amp setting?

    Size and type of tungsten?

    Torch model (you stated it was water cooled--are you sure you have coolant flow?)

    If steel, were you set up for DCEN (Direct current, electrode negative)?

    What type of remote controller (foot pedal, fingertip, on/off, etc) are you using?

    Shielding gas?

    Have you tried disconnecting the tig torch and hooking up the stick leads to see if you have output at the connection?

    Have you reground your tungsten?

    You mentioned that you were in an awkward position and stuck the tungsten when the "tick" occured. I would recommend practice, in a comfortable position, until you get proficient with tig. The O/A background will help greatly, but tig is still an art in itself.

    Get us the info and we'll try to talk you through this.

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    Have you checked the voltage across the torch and ground clamp?

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    Sundown,
    I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my post, but i don't really understand what difference it makes what material or gas i'm using
    and as far as taking the time to practice i have practiced for several hours and i am doing well as far as my technique goes, my ability to lay down beads is the least of my problems, i'm a get things done kind of guy and i'm working on a project, when i have time i'll practice more under controlled conditions, but for now things need to get done. I understand that it's an art. If it matters of course i'm keeping my Tungsten clean. i'm using 100% Argon and i'm welding 4130 tubing. The problem here is one minute i'm welding like a champ and the next i'm unable to weld at all because my equipment won't work, i figured the best place to post a Miller related question would be the Miller board itself, do these boards ever get visited by Miller Techs?

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    erj63,

    You're right, I do ask too many "dumb" questions and I'm sure you know more about the Sync 250 than I do but mine works.

    Go to the top of the page and contact Miller Technical Support (see contact us) and I'm sure they can diagnose the "tick" in a heartbeat (with little info).

    Sorry I replied at all to a guy who already has all the answers. Won't happen again.

    Have a great day!

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    I'm sorry if i upset you Sundown, i don't think they are dumb questions at all if my problem was with weld quality and i never claimed to have all the answers. I ran the problem by the sales guy at my local welding supply and he was able to point me in the right direction to fix the problem with less info than i've provided here

    Like i said i really appreciate you taking the time to respond to my post

    Have a good day...
    Last edited by Ed Jones; 11-06-2007 at 06:27 PM.

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    Default To Ed

    Can you tell us what the problem was ?? I have a syncro 200 and I may have that problem down the line, especially if it is a set up problem. I was a little scared when I first got mine and saw all the parameters you could change, and I am an electronics guy It is much easier when you only have the on/off switch and the amps knob.
    6010
    If I had know I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

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    It was a torch problem, i'm not sure exactly what part of the assembly failed. Maybe a broken wire in the hose? anyway, a new torch and it works great. Thanks all

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