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  1. #1
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    Western Arctronics 190A

    'Western Arctronics 190A' stick welder. 20% duty cycle @ 25 volts 190 amps. Presume AC since not specified. 240 volts/37 amps or can be wired for 120. Extremely heavy for its size.

    Anybody ever heard of this?

    It's a green cube on wheels, about 15" each dimension, with a plunger on top which I presume adjusts amps but it's not calibrated. The plunger depth lock was too stiff to move.

    Would this serve for general use or was it designed for set-once production work - ? Cables with rod holder and clamp included. How much should I pay for it?

    Thanks in advance for any comments!
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    Re: Western Arctronics 190A

    Wow. Over 40 views and nobody ever heard of this one? It must be a really obscure model.

    I see some mentions of Western Arctronics spot welder consumables so at least the company exists, or did. Maybe the unit I found is the power supply for that, and then someone put stick-welder cables on it? The cables go to slight-taper rod/tube connectors, which I think are standard.

    Anybody?
    HF MIG-180 with all the mods.
    Grizzly H8153 Stick/Tig Pulse 130/160.
    Wards PowrKraft AC-230. Stick & carbon arc.

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    Re: Western Arctronics 190A

    Well....It's simply more garbage. If it's quite heavy it will probably live a while. Not "obscure" > Just a China boxx with a different hat

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    Re: Western Arctronics 190A

    No, not recent Chinese. This is old-school American industrial gear, likely from the two-digit zip code era. (pre 1956?).

    It is extremely heavy, more than I can lift. Maybe its best application is sell the heavy stinger and ground cables/clamps on Ebay, and scrap the copper windings.

    I don't like the un-calibrated top plunger for adjusting the core and thereby the amps. This must have been for a set-once industrial application.

    Thanks for responding!
    HF MIG-180 with all the mods.
    Grizzly H8153 Stick/Tig Pulse 130/160.
    Wards PowrKraft AC-230. Stick & carbon arc.

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    Re: Western Arctronics 190A

    Some pics might help to ID it. Google searches show Western Arctronics as making spot welders for industrial applications, stationary machines where the parts to be spot welded were brought to the machine and a pedal actuated the welder tongs and the weld was made. Why not call one of the firms with the replacement parts and see what they tell you?

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    Re: Western Arctronics 190A

    I inquired to info@spotweldingconsultants.com, 'a stocking distributor for Western Arctronics'. No reply yet.
    HF MIG-180 with all the mods.
    Grizzly H8153 Stick/Tig Pulse 130/160.
    Wards PowrKraft AC-230. Stick & carbon arc.

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    Re: Western Arctronics 190A

    Too much reliance today on 'emails' - pick up the phone- hard to ignore a phone call plus often one answer generates another question and gets you yet another answer and more insight. Emails get lost in the shuffle. I have yet to get an email reply from any vendor that gave me more information than a 5 minute phone call did.

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