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    New stick welder wont keep arc

    I bought a tig/stick welder the tig welding works fine and keeps an arc. But when I stick weld itll want to start an arc but it doesnt keep it. Ive tried every single rod at high and low amps and stick welding doesnt work. Any ideas of what the problem could be?

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    New stick welder wont keep arc

    What machine do you have ?? Post picture of front panel.
    Did you check manual for trouble shooting ?
    Are controls set for stick ?


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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwelder96 View Post
    I bought a tig/stick welder the tig welding works fine and keeps an arc. But when I stick weld it’ll want to start an arc but it doesn’t keep it. I’ve tried every single rod at high and low amps and stick welding doesn’t work. Any ideas of what the problem could be?
    I would check the work clamp. Make sure it is a clean area it clamps on.
    More experienced welders will take it from here.
    good luck

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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    Sounds like you bought the wrong machine.
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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    I have a weld pro tig 200. It wont let me upload a photo. The panel has a mma setting for stick welding and tig setting for tig welding. Yeah I checked my manual but there no help for my problem.

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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    The tig welding works fine but the stick welding doesnt. Im thinking its the electrode holder because its a cheap Chinese one. The ground is a good t style clamp. I ground it to clean metal and still the stick welding arc wont stay lit

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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwelder96 View Post
    The tig welding works fine but the stick welding doesn’t. I’m thinking it’s the electrode holder because it’s a cheap Chinese one. The ground is a good t style clamp. I ground it to clean metal and still the stick welding arc won’t stay lit
    Check the cable connections in the holder and connectors, make sure clamp screws are still tight and making good contact. I'm gonna assume it has Dinse connectors.
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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    If the switch doesn't actually change the machine to stick welding, it'll act the way you describe.

    Leave it on the tig setting and try to stick weld. If it acts the same, that's the problem.
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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    If you're trying 6010, then forget it. 7018 and 6013 should work ok, 6011 should work ok, but probably not as good as 6013 and 7018.

    Make sure you disconnect your TIG pedal when you are attempting to stick weld. It might be staying "active" and it's not really at the amperage you think it is because the pedal would be at it's lowest position when not pressed down.
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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    Is this the machine ??

    https://www.amazon.com/Weldpro-Digit...ws_feature_div

    What's the power voltage 110 or 220 ?
    One reviewer had same issues using 110 volt.
    At 220 it was OK.


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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    What rod type and size are try weld and do have other types.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwelder96 View Post
    I bought a tig/stick welder the tig welding works fine and keeps an arc. But when I stick weld itll want to start an arc but it doesnt keep it. Ive tried every single rod at high and low amps and stick welding doesnt work. Any ideas of what the problem could be?

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    Re: New stick welder wont keep arc

    Miller Dynasty 300 were great Tig welders but also sucked using stick. CEP has one and made this observation. The Dynasty 280 and 350 are much better with stick. Might be too low of open circuit voltage but check other stuff as listed above.

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