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    Default PowerTig 255EXT welding power problem

    I was welding a part and put it on the work bench to finish welding it and the welder stop working made a sound like it was going to work but didn’t. Moved it off the bench to see what happen to the welder holding the part in my hand with the ground clamp still on it and it started working again so I put it back on the bench to finish welding it and it stopped again. Moved it off the bench again and it welds OK.
    So on the work bench it will not weld still with the ground camp on the work piece I was welding. Take it off the bench it works on the bench it will not work weld and the ground clamp is always on the piece I am welding, I never take off the part.

    So out comes PowerTig 250EX to see if it will work and it dose on or off the bench using the same settings same piece same gun and ground clamp.
    The MTS 250S works on or off the bench.
    The PowerMig 250 works on or off the bench.
    The PowerTig 255EXT will not weld on the work bench.
    Tomorrow it will try again.
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    Well I pushed the welder to the limit on the pedal and held it to see if it would start then came a bang and I stopped to see what happen. Well there was a lot of smoke coming from my NOMA extension box. It seems that when the grinder was plug in it wanted to use the grinders ground to the extension box not the ground on the welder.
    So anyone using a 255EXT with power tools on the same thing you are welding and it is plugged in might have this problem.
    Good news is the it did not do anything to the PowerTig 255EXT just the NOMA and the plug on the grinder the welder works just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempy View Post
    Well I pushed the welder to the limit on the pedal and held it to see if it would start then came a bang and I stopped to see what happen. Well there was a lot of smoke coming from my NOMA extension box. It seems that when the grinder was plug in it wanted to use the grinders ground to the extension box not the ground on the welder.
    So anyone using a 255EXT with power tools on the same thing you are welding and it is plugged in might have this problem.
    Good news is the it did not do anything to the PowerTig 255EXT just the NOMA and the plug on the grinder the welder works just fine.
    Something funny is going on there. There should never be any current flowing through the ground wire. My initial reaction would be phase issues, except that i know your power is all single phase. With the age of the grinder, I wonder if it had some leakage between hot and ground, maybe metal dust inside. Seems like some kinda ground loop or something. Glad to hear that everything is ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    Something funny is going on there. There should never be any current flowing through the ground wire. My initial reaction would be phase issues, except that i know your power is all single phase. With the age of the grinder, I wonder if it had some leakage between hot and ground, maybe metal dust inside. Seems like some kinda ground loop or something. Glad to hear that everything is ok.
    Good try but I just put my old impact gun on the bench all metal one and the same, so I used a all plastic drill it welded no problem tried an all metal wood cutting saw and no can weld. So it must have something built in the welder to prevent the welder from getting feedback some how I will let the Everlast team figure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempy View Post
    Good try but I just put my old impact gun on the bench all metal one and the same, so I used a all plastic drill it welded no problem tried an all metal wood cutting saw and no can weld. So it must have something built in the welder to prevent the welder from getting feedback some how I will let the Everlast team figure it out.
    Well something is not right for sure. The welding output should be totally isolated from the mains and from ground. At worst massive line noise inductance or back EMF might trip an error code, but it should never do anything like that. I don't understand exactly what you are describing, but you should be able to measure between things and find out if you have some strange ground loop going on. Is the metal table grounded, or have anything connected to it that can complete a circuit?
    Last edited by Rambozo; 12-31-2013 at 10:03 PM.
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    I must have missed your first post. Ok so from the picture, I guess the table is grounded via the grinder's power cord. So the welder was putting power through that. That is not right at all and means the isolation in the welder is not 100%. Some how there is some leakage between the welding circuit and the input power. Out of curiosity were you welding with AC or DC?
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    Kempy,
    Just pull the cover and make sure the power lines are all secure. Have you made any modifications to the wiring on the unit? Which wires are you using for hot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    Kempy,
    Just pull the cover and make sure the power lines are all secure. Have you made any modifications to the wiring on the unit? Which wires are you using for hot?
    No modification made on the unit by me.
    The wires are as in pic's.
    I will pull the cover off next year.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR in 20 min.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    I must have missed your first post. Ok so from the picture, I guess the table is grounded via the grinder's power cord. So the welder was putting power through that. That is not right at all and means the isolation in the welder is not 100%. Some how there is some leakage between the welding circuit and the input power. Out of curiosity were you welding with AC or DC?
    AC or DC it does the same shut off when on the bench with something plug in to the 120V line all metal tools that can make a ground if on plastic sheet it will not do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempy View Post
    AC or DC it does the same shut off when on the bench with something plug in to the 120V line all metal tools that can make a ground if on plastic sheet it will not do it.
    Sorry to hear you're having trouble. I hope it's some minor QC issue and not a design issues like the 250EXT.
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    Is your table grounded? The black and white should not matter but you could try flipping them (but it should not matter).
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    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    Is your table grounded? The black and white should not matter but you could try flipping them (but it should not matter).
    No my table does not have a ground by itself it is on wheels and I move it around sometimes.
    I will change the black and white it shouldn't matter but stranger things do happen it is electricity and some what a computer.
    Well it next year 2014 I will take the cover off and see if any screws are not tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    Sorry to hear you're having trouble. I hope it's some minor QC issue and not a design issues like the 250EXT.
    It might be just a ground problem I will do some checking it is a computer in some ways and they are not happy if thing are not grounded right.
    cover coming off in a few minutes to see.
    So far thanks for the input from you and Mike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    Kempy,
    Just pull the cover and make sure the power lines are all secure. Have you made any modifications to the wiring on the unit? Which wires are you using for hot?
    The cover is off and all is well but on wire had the heat shrink rub off a little that touched the outer cover so I put tape on it no indication of arcing. Well back together and see.
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    There is a rubber power cables that runs under the bottom side of the machine and from the right side (facing the unit) to the left side. Make sure nothing is rubbing or gouging the cables.

    That looked like you culprit as that definitely could cause the issue.

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    Check the rubber power cables that cross under the machine for any gouging or rubbing, especially a soldered resistor end sticking into the cable cover as well.
    But that definitely looks like that could be the issue... I am pretty certain Duncan will see this and take a service memo back to the factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    Check the rubber power cables that cross under the machine for any gouging or rubbing, especially a soldered resistor end sticking into the cable cover as well.
    But that definitely looks like that could be the issue... I am pretty certain Duncan will see this and take a service memo back to the factory.
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    Just put everything back together the rest look fine as in the picture all the nut are tight I put tape on the part that rubbed on the cover but it did not leave any marks on the cover showing it arcing maybe just HF.
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    Problem solved it weld OK even with the grinder plugged in change the white and black to see if it made a difference and it did not all is well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    Check the rubber power cables that cross under the machine for any gouging or rubbing, especially a soldered resistor end sticking into the cable cover as well.
    But that definitely looks like that could be the issue... I am pretty certain Duncan will see this and take a service memo back to the factory.
    Mark
    Duncan phoned me to verify my findings and is sending a email to the factory with pictures of what I found might be a isolated problem but he sending them it anyway and he said he is going to check the ones he has in stock to see if they are alright. I sure like the quick response Everlast Canada and USA are doing to see that the product is working correctly and fixing things to make a better product all input helps it might be small or isolated but it is nice they are making sure that all working units are 100% for the customer.
    Thanks to all Everlast Teams Canada and USA from me.
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    Sounded like a ground or arcing to ground problem. Something might have vibrated through insulation or paint in shipping maybe? I've seen a drop that pushed a inductor into the case, then vibration over time, it cut through the paint on the inside case and grounded. Very rare and isolated case but has happened.
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