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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    If it is cutting out, he can try one of two things. Run a shorter arc length. He is probably whipping too far out of the puddle, OR he can try to run it in the 7018 mode and see what happens.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Ran mine some today. Seems to be ok, haven't ran any 6010 but did put in a 7018 root with it. I will try some 6010 in a few days once the weather clears again.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Quote Originally Posted by doubletap View Post
    Is anybody else having problems with the arc cutting out on this machine in 6010 mode.
    Ran mine with 6010 today on a vertical plate (root weld) no issues of the arc cutting out. Ran a hot pass, fill and cap pass with 3/32 Bohler 7018 no issues.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    What were your settings Newfie? Cellulose mode? Arc Force?

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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Quote Originally Posted by doubletap View Post
    What were your settings Newfie? Cellulose mode? Arc Force?
    The machine was in 6010 mode. Ran around 65 amps and somewhere like 75 on arc force. With that being said the arc force was set too high for my liking. I plan to run this machine a fair bit more over the next few weeks. I have been off work for the past little while and now that the weather is clearing up I am trying to get my skills back to where I would like them to be and plan on using this machine to do that.

    How old are the 6010 you are using ? They can dry out then they wont run very well.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Just to add.

    I plan to do some more welding with this unit tomorrow maybe. And if I do get the time to do so I will come back and update with how the machine runs and my settings for you.

    I plan to jam some 6010 roots in some pipe along with 7018 fill and cap.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Ran the machine some more today. 40 on arc force and 75-80 on amperage. I mostly dragged my root in. Filled the pipe up with 7018. At this point I am pretty satisfied with the machine. With that being said I haven't tried the TIG side since changing the board.

    Some suggestions to you Lugweld on this machine. Change the digital read out ! That green is awful to try and see outside. I have to keep cupping the read out, then adjust, then cup the read out again to check to see if it is where I want it. Get rid of that handle on top and put a strap on this thing. Not a ****ty narrow strap like what is on some of the Miller machines like the Maxstar 200 STR and the CST 280. Make the strap wider its easier on the shoulder. On site a guy could have to carry his machine for a mile before he gets to where he needs to weld. A strap is much better. And yes I have had to carry machines that far and farther on sites ! Stairs are the worst, at least with a strap your hands are free to grab the rail.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Most people deplore straps. I hear it all the time on our units with straps. And they have a wide strap...and much lighter. People want handles.

    The display could be brighter and we'll work on that I am sure.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Really ? Maybe the hobby guys ? Every major job I have been on guys have wanted straps. If the strap was busted off the machine it stayed in the tool crib until it was fixed. There is a reason Miller uses them. Its just their straps could be wider. But then again you are probably getting that from the home hobby welders. I'm getting my info from fellow UA members and Ironworkers etc. As for the display I think a lot of it is the green color. Make the numbers red and they will stand out better in the sunlight.

    Otherwise the machine seems to be working great. Just some added thoughts to help you guys make things better.

    Also if I recall the numbers were red on my Powerarc 200 ? I purchased it in 2011.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    No, it has been mostly from the pros. They want something sturdy and rigid.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    My pros and your pros disagree :-)

    Any plans for upgrades to the 280 in the near future ?
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Also how is the 255 EXT ? All the BUGS worked out yet ? Or were there any at all ? Will it run 6010 as good as the 280sth ?
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Not really any bugs that I know of or that I can remember. No upgrades to the unit.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    How does the 255 run 6010 ? As good as the 280 ? As for my question on the 255EXT and bugs. I guess what I am really asking is should I expect any problems similar to what I have had with my 280 ? If I decide I am truly interested in a 255 I will talk to Everlast Canada and see how they will address any issues I may have.
    My powerarc 200 was a good machine. And the issues with the 280 were just a programing issue.

    I'm starting a welding business so if I purchased a 255 any issues with it could cause quite a headache. It would be my only ac capable machine so if it went down in the middle of a job it could be a big PIA.
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Burned some more 7018 today. I started off running 1/8" rod. Rod after rod after rod no breaks, then I bumped up to some 3/16" 7018 at 220 amps. I ran two passes at 220 then I bumped the machine to 250 and ran 3 passes. On the third pass the arc died !!! I tried a couple of times to restrike the arc and that's when I realized the machine was DEAD....
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    Turns out I had tripped the breaker :-)
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    Re: Lugweld. 280 STH calibration

    Quote Originally Posted by doubletap View Post
    What were your settings Newfie? Cellulose mode? Arc Force?
    Have any luck after ?
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