Problems With Hobart Handler 140

by Hector
(PA)

What Solid Wire Welds Look Like Without Gas

What Solid Wire Welds Look Like Without Gas

What Solid Wire Welds Look Like Without Gas
Properly Seated Gun.

I have a new Hobart Handler 140. I assembled it, and rigged it for gas. I followed the directions which were fairly simple. You had to make sure you change the factory settings of polarity from flux core to solid wire. Then I had to install the welding gun which included plugging in two wires (polarity did not matter here, you can plug them into either slot without worrying about polarity apparently).


I also installed the grounding clamp, which was simple. It's solid.

I bought a gas cylinder for $225 and connected it to the machine. The first problem I had was leaking gas from the from the flow meter. It was coming out at a ridiculous rate no matter how tight it was. They should warn you about that. Anyway, I got some teflon tape specifically for gas and that totally solved the problem.

Next I installed the solid wire on the reel. That was fairly easy and little confusing because they don't tell you which parts to use for smaller wire rolls. But I figured it out.

After that I ran the wire through the machine and into the gun (after removing the tip of the gun), and then I put the right tip on the gun for the .030 wire I installed.

Then I got some scrap metal to test the machine on. I put my ground on my welding table, clamped the metal on my table, and used a magnet to hold the pieces together. I then set the machine according to the specifications on the lid of the machine for gas and metal thickness.

I turned on the Hobart Handler 140 and sounded good to me. I like the hum, maybe I'll get that sound for when I go to sleep at night. Ha! Anyway, I then got my welding helmet on and started my first 'bead'. Holly smokes! It was crackling and popping and sticking. I thought I was the worst welder of all time!

I checked the machine again and tried again. Same problem!

I could not figure the problem out because everything was set correctly. So I called my father in law and he came over to check it out.

The problem was that there was no gas flowing through the gun. Duh! I felt like and idiot. So he basically just shoved the end of the gun into the machine, tightened it, and now it works.

Yes, I know. I should have known. But there you go. If you have any problems sometimes it's the simplest and most obvious solutions that escape you.

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