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    Hello,

    I have a Hobart 180 and it's worked well for the year I've owned it. Tonight I was carefully moving the welder so I could reach a spot a little further away and mistakenly pulled a little too much. The plug pulled out just slightly and the welder shut off. I plugged it snugly back in and it won't turn back on at all. I pressed the reset button - doesn't help. I took the cover off to see if maybe something was loose but didn't see anything.

    Help me if I'm overlooking something silly.

    Jeff

  • #2
    Is the pug end the factory one or is it one you installed?... If you installed it open it up and make sure nothing came loose.....
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    • #3
      Mike,

      The plug is from the factory. I thought of that too to see if I could open up the plug but no go. It's all sealed.

      Jeff

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      • #4
        Is there still power at the outlet? Maybe there is no power going to the welder.

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        • #5
          Check your circuit breaker (turn it off, then back on). Then with it OFF, remove the cover for the wall outlet ONLY IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, and see if a wire came loose on the outlet connectors. If good, use a 110 voltmeter or test light to see that each leg is getting its juice. If that's good, put an ohmeter on each leg of the plug, go to where the wires connect inside then unit.and make sure you cannot make any opens by bending and twisting the plug around.
          I'll guess Circuit breaker, followed by loose wire in the wall outlet.
          "Good Enough Never Is"

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          • #6
            Well, Mr. Stupid is back.

            I wheeled the welder to another outlet I have in the garage and the welder works again. I am Dumb and Dumber with electric things and can't work a voltmeter to save my life. I guess the outlet got a little stretched? How could that happen?

            I'm working on an old car so I'm constantly moving from the passenger side to the drivers side and back. Can I purchase a longer power cord?

            Jeff

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            • #7
              You can make up a power cord from home Depot , but be sure to do a sketch of your plug first...you'll find an amazing assortment of plugs that "almost" look the same. The wire size will depend on the cord length, but you have to get the flexible type...and it ain't cheap!
              "Good Enough Never Is"

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              • #8
                I made a longer cord from the bright yellow Woods cords they sell at Lowes. It was a thick cord and I went with my old cord and bought a plug that was exactly the same as well. My total cost was over $70, but I can go anywhere in or out of the garage with no problem. Well worth the cost.
                Tom

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                • #9
                  If you pulled out plug from outlet while welding arcing might have damaged plug prongs and contacts inside outlet. Might need to replace damaged outlet and or plug. Maybe just clean contacts in outlet with no power to outlet using small fine file. Nail file?

                  I have seen tips burned off plugs from plugging in or unplugging compressor under load.

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