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    by Hay Jockey
    I used to frequent this forum quite a bit in past years but haven't been here for a while so I had to change my user name as well as my password. No big deal, I'm back now. I'm a commercial forage grower in SE Michigan and I also own and manage a short run machine and fabrication shop. Been using...
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  • diamondx
    older Lincoln Idealarc SP-150 ---fan question
    by diamondx
    I have just bought a older (87?) SP-150 and the cooling fan does not power on when welder is on. Fan blade spins freely by hand. The wiring schematic on the inside panel looks to me like the fan might be thermostatically controlled ---- or should the fan be working anytime the welder ison ? ...
    09-30-2023, 03:59 PM
  • MegaHurts
    Very old handler wiring diagram needed
    by MegaHurts
    Hi members, newbie to here and I was given a really old Hobart Handler wire feed welder that previous owner said worked good but quit feeding. He or someone has been inside and made repairs before to keep it working but I opened it and found a wire not connected from large cap to anything. None of the...
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  • Graybeard62
    Mobile welding business
    by Graybeard62
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  • Hobby welder
    No fan?? Lincoln idealarc
    by Hobby welder
    Ok, so, as I was welding I didn't notice the fan. And I already planned to take off the cover to have a look see at the inside. Which would have been put in part 2/? In the YouTube series of the idealarc ( 1/? Is welding with it).

    Well, the fan doesn't run, any ideas why not?
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    I haven't been around here in a while, but I thought I'd poke my head back in and ask another question.

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    Tramming a Rotary Table In The Vertical Position
    by farmersamm
    I'm shut down due to weather, so I figured I'd post something that might be of use to somebody I guess.

    A rotary table is a funny thing to set up. You're working in 3 dimensions. X, Y, and Z axis.

    First thing is checking how the base of the table corresponds to the mill table....
    03-23-2020, 04:01 PM
  • Exdairyman
    Hey yall
    by Exdairyman
    Hey there yall, just signed in to this. Grew up on our dairy and used a Marquette welder since I can remember. Played with it enough that I ended up doing all our welding before I could drive, can't tell you enough times that old welder and 6011 rod kept stuff together. Wanted to try wire feed and made...
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