In Reply to: Help fixing my Hobart 135 posted by JohnH on 09/07/03 at 1:54 AM:
I need some more specifics on your problem. Is the welder not turning on? Is the welder on but the gun isn't feeding wire? Is the gun feeding wire, and not arcing on the work? How old is the machine? Did you buy it factory direct, or through a local industrial supply?
Even if its under warranty the factory is going to drag its feet on helping you. All they care about is selling product. And they will hold onto wiring schematics like a old lady and her handbag. I'm hoping that you bought it from somebody local brand new and it's under warranty. In that case go through them for the factory warranty. If you bought it used and need a repair, try them, but also ask a local welding shop who they use. Keep in mind both of these options see you as small potatoes, and may not be so eager to help. Use layman's terms when you ask, most people in the industry don't appreciate someone with a degree using fancy terms. Regardless you will have to go through some sort of welding supply or repair man; they have the books with the serial or part # that you need.
I grew up in a machine and fabrication shop, and still work in one. For the most part hobart machines are on an average decent machines. Unfortunatly some of the lighter duty units are built to cheaply, depending on the era it is bought in. I bought a 350 floor model 5 years ago and pushed it into a corner six months later. Nobody in the shop would use it. I also have the same power unit with a feeder, that is 10 years old and have never had a problem with it.
I tried to ansewer what I could, but need more specifics.