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Old 09-11-19, 12:39 PM   #11
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HF welders also don't have the electronics Lincoln's and Miller's do. It's just a cheap welder that's light enough to climb ladders and scaffolding in hand. I do prefer the old Ideal Arc welders myself.

After getting under the hood, I realized this machine is just a large, old power supply. It has a multi-tapped transformer, diodes, inductors and capacitors to smooth the wave form. It is very inefficient by today's standards. I'm thinking since the inductor is welded on top of the transformer because it is borrowing some magnetic flux to keep the amperage surge down?

The Lincoln Weld Pac 100 I have adds an electronic board and capacitor the HF doesn't have. Since the Lincoln no longer functions, I'll rob the capacitor. It is a DC 59,000 uf cap, so care must be taken to get the connections right.


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Old 09-12-19, 11:00 AM   #12
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I found adding capacitance works great if you run Flux core.
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Old 09-12-19, 08:47 PM   #13
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Flux core or stick is all I do. I should get that mod done tomorrow.
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Old 09-15-19, 06:56 PM   #14
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My test equipment shows this 40 volt 59,000 uf capacitor at 34,000 uf, which is out of range. I'm going to get another capacitor. There's small difference between the before and after sine wave. It was added before the inductor on the positive side and negative goes directly to the negative side of the lead. This is supposed to be a DC signal so its very very rough.
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Old 09-16-19, 09:20 AM   #15
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Use both.
I found that Flux core likes as much capacitance as you can throw at it.
Welders use the default 50k to 60k uf capacitor as a good trade off between solid wire and Flux core performance. With the trade off favoring solid wire and gas.
With nearly 100k uf I can make Flux core welds that are as good looking as solid wire and gas.

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