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    Old Hobart Suitcase welder diodes

    I have a old Hobart suitcase welder , the plastic suitcase one . tag says model Handler Spec 6969A . I'm getting ready to replace the diodes & was wondering if it was possible to double up on them ?
    & was reading some stuff on the web where guys have made their own diode banks with higher ratings . my welder takes 2 diodes . I replaced them @ 20 years ago so I don't remember if I used stock ones or upgraded them . the replacement ones I have are marked 85HF60 . when I ordered them I bought 2 spares . is it worth it to double up on them & if so can someone tell me if it's just a matter of putting two right next to each other & hooking them up . also if anyone knows where I can get a schematic and or a manual for this welder that would be cool
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    Re: Old Hobart Suitcase welder diodes

    You might get a response over in the Hobart Weld Talk forum if the Hobart "experts" are still on duty, or call Hobart customer service. They have traditionally been very helpful. Give them the exact model, spec number and any other identifying info.

    Did your old diodes fry? Paralleling semiconductors has its limits, but possible. Works best if they are all the same manufacturing lot & etc I believe. A higher rated diode with proper heat sinking might be better if they fit. You say 2 diodes? Not a bridge rectifier arrangement? Hmmm.
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    Re: Old Hobart Suitcase welder diodes

    yea , just 2 stud mount diodes mounted to a 5" x 6" 1/8" plate above the transformer. the welder started actin kinda funky & same as it did last time @ 20 years back . I replaced the diodes & was back in business .
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    Re: Old Hobart Suitcase welder diodes

    Must be a center-tapped rectifier arrangement.
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    Re: Old Hobart Suitcase welder diodes

    Yes, go over to hobart's site and place a request in the contact us area. not on their forum.
    If no response call them after a few days. If they don't have the manual send me a PM I might but it is hard copy now.
    Then I have to find it again.
    The 85HF60 diode is still sold on newark electronics for less than 6 dollars each. Its an 85 amp diode rated at 600 volts.
    Has 1/4 inch stud . the NTE6076 is the same. the next step up is the NTE6156 150 amp diode. but it has a 3/8 inch stud.
    Hole would have to be drilled out. Just some ideas, If you have a local electronics store, go there and see what they can come up with.

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    Re: Old Hobart Suitcase welder diodes

    Quote Originally Posted by ccawgc View Post
    Yes, go over to hobart's site and place a request in the contact us area. not on their forum.
    If no response call them after a few days. If they don't have the manual send me a PM I might but it is hard copy now.
    Then I have to find it again.
    The 85HF60 diode is still sold on newark electronics for less than 6 dollars each. Its an 85 amp diode rated at 600 volts.
    Has 1/4 inch stud . the NTE6076 is the same. the next step up is the NTE6156 150 amp diode. but it has a 3/8 inch stud.
    Hole would have to be drilled out. Just some ideas, If you have a local electronics store, go there and see what they can come up with.
    That's a really good idea - I use to bring stuff to the local TV and Stereo repair guy. He knew what every component was, ordered and soldered them cheap.
    He didn't care what it was for, as long as I only brought the part.

    He went out of business a few years back...he was the only one too.

    His place was leveled and a new City Liquor store was put there....
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