It finally came today. Double boxed, shipped UPS from Lincolns Kalafornia warehouse. (they didn't have any in Ohio). It takes a good knife and some time to get the machine out of the boxes. It came with 3 instructions in different languages.
First things first. I plugged it into a 30 amp 110 v outlet in my shop. Started out with Hobart 3/32 7018 right out of the oven. Arc force on smooth and 85 amps which is where I run the stuff and had my way with it. First rod stuck to the plate. After that it was a little too hot, so I turned it down to 80, then 75 and the slag started curling up on the 1/4" plate I was playing with.
Next I plugged it into a 220 outlet and set it at 140 amps and ran some of lincoln's best 7018 again right out of the oven. The first strike stuck to the plate. After that, it too was a little too hot, so I turned it down to 135 and ran a few sticks. Nice welds more slag curling. Life is good so far. Then for fun, I ran one stick of 5/32 lincoln 7018 to see if it would do it. I turned it all the way up. It ran it, just a little cold. As I burned up the one rod when I got towards the end of the bead, I put the arc out twice. So far all good except the rod sticking on the first strike.
Next I put it back into the 110 30 amp outlet and ran stick after stick of 3/32 7018 for almost 15 minutes. I didn't even stop to chip the slag. 13 rods total. No problems, no overheating, no temp light, just pretty beads.
This is good! NOW for the same test on 220 with 7018. I set it on 140 and ran 7 rods in just under 15 minutes. No over heating of the machine. The air coming out of the front was 75* f according to my infrared thermometer. The cables were another story. They are #4 and were 94*f in my 60* shop. So much for the claimed duty cycle. I think I could have welded all day with it.
First up grade will be #2 cables.
I then plugged it into a 15 amp 110 volt outlet and ran 3/32 rod at 75 amps. I got ONE INCH and the breaker popped. Turned it down to 65 amps and tried again. Got two inches and it got dark in the shop again.
Tonight I have another metal box to make out of 16 guage bottom and 1/8" sides. I am going to tig it to see how it works. This has no plug for a remote, but I have done more tig welding with out a remote than with.
No pictures today, I left the camera at work. I will post them tomorrow.
Machine weighs less than 15 lbs and comes with a shoulder strap. It has one knob for amps and a switch for smooth or crisp smaw and touch start tig. That is all....simple like me.
All in all, it does more than I expected and more than the manual says it can as far as duty cycle.
I'm gonna go tig with it for a while