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Old 04-09-2013, 01:59 PM
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Default testing output for stick welder ?

I have an old Russian arc welder, it seems to have 4 settings but no markings at all. This thing doesn't even have a power switch, you plug it in and it works or you unplug it and it stops Nonetheless, it gets the job done and I've been relatively lucky so far with my beads but I'd like to get a little more precise.
All I have at hand is a cheap multimeter, is there any way for me to determine what the settings actually are without frying anything ? (electricity is NOT my forte).
Even something simple like a scale from max. - min. would help, but I can't really judge it by the stuff I've been working on.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:09 PM
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I'm not familiar with your power service where you are from. Are you on AC or DC? You will need a DC or AC amp meter depending on your machines output. You just clamp it around the output cable and while welding it will reflect the amp output. Change for one setting to another and you will find out the amp output for each setting. A mulitmeter will not give you the amp output.
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That does look pretty "basic", Charlie.
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I sure would like to see a couple of close up pic of the insides.....

Maybe we can help out a bit more if you post some more pictures.
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That does look pretty "basic", Charlie.
nah, where I am "basic" is baling wire dipped in donkey manure and a 12v car battery

Power here is 220v AC.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:26 PM
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Can you find a local sparky with an ammeter & do as Milo suggested?
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I have seen a lot of Russian tools and they are VERY basic. They work, but do not have the fit and finish that we are accustomed to here in the US. Hey, why have an on/off switch when plugging it in does the same thing?
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I sure would like to see a couple of close up pic of the insides.....

Maybe we can help out a bit more if you post some more pictures.
I'll pull the front cover off tomorrow and get a couple more shots. It sure isn't a Sputnik
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Can you find a local sparky with an ammeter & do as Milo suggested?
yeah, probably. Problem is the ones I know all work the ships and they're only around between hitches...
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:44 PM
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No, but it probably put Sputnik up there.

Cutter, calling this thing basic seems a tad over the top on this one. lol

And it welds to boot. I think that's one interesting box of sparks.
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