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    Can a flux welder operate on its side?

    I have a starter HF 90 Amp-AC, 120 Volt, Flux Cored Welder (Chicago Electric). I am wondering if there is any safety issue if I turn the unit on its side for operation?

    I have a table with a shelf that is about 10 inches below the work surface and it would be ideal if I can lay the unit on its side so it will fit on the shelf.

    Is there any reason why the unit needs to be upright during operation?

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    Re: Can a flux welder operate on its side?

    None that I can think of although your bead may droop to one side.
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    Re: Can a flux welder operate on its side?

    Weight of spool on side might put drag on wire feed motor.

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    Re: Can a flux welder operate on its side?

    If that were the case he can just back off on the spool brake adjustment.
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    Re: Can a flux welder operate on its side?

    This may go without saying, but make sure you have plenty of room for circulation and don't block off your air vents.

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    Re: Can a flux welder operate on its side?

    Most machines are made to stand upright when it comes to cooling inside. Some components inside might overheat if you put it on the side.

    Edit:
    I've changed my mind.

    I had a look at the user's manual on your machine and it's a very simple machine and it has no top vents. The spool are only small 2 lbs spools and the spool is already on it's side when used normally (contrary to regular larger machines).

    As long as you can adjust the tension of the spool with it laying on its side I don't think you will ever run into any problems.
    Last edited by Pete.S.; 10-04-2016 at 02:26 PM.

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