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Miller three phase welder questions

Post by stephenc » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:12 pm

Craig's list is always a bad idea ....

So I bought a Miller Sr 150-32 three phase tig welder today , I gave $20 for it .
It's not a big machine @ 150 amps and it is constant currant dc only . and it does have a high frequency start

I am pretty sure my 15 hp phase converter is plenty big enough to power it

It didn't come with any leads so my first question is pretty simple .
Is there an easy way to check that the high frequency start is working before I start thinking about spending money on the thing .

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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by Bob D. » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:49 pm

Hook it up and weld with it. You'll know if the high frequency works as soon as you step on the pedal.......
Borrow a tank of argon from someone and keep the input wires short to save test expenses.

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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by stephenc » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:58 pm

Oh if it was only that simple ... $20 doesn't buy a torch or leads or anything except the
Welder itself .

Sending power to the welder isn't an issue , I have plenty of wire for that .
I'd just like to be sure everything is working before I start buying a torch , leads , gas bottle ..etc etc etc .
I don't have the funds to buy everything at Once , it might take three or four months to round every thing I need up .

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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by LIALLEGHENY » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:50 am

Did you get a foot pedal with it?

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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by Russ Hanscom » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:25 am

HF usually makes a sizzling sound, sort of like frying eggs, so if you can turn it on, listen.

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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by stephenc » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:24 pm

LIALLEGHENY wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:50 am
Did you get a foot pedal with it?
I had to laugh , no offense meant :)
But no there's no foot pedal. the fellow I got it from bought it explicitly for the foot pedal and all that paraphernalia, to be truthful I doubt I get that fancy with things if everything is kosher with the welder . I'll use it as a dc stick welder way more then as a tig . Well I say that now ....

A sizzling sound hmm ...

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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by GlennW » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:43 pm

Post a pic of the front panel and it will be easy to tell you how to test it.

Just guessing without seeing it, If it has a switch for the high frequency make sure it is on, and flip the "Contactor" switch to "Remote. Power up the welder and just flip the "Contactor"switch to "Standard" for a second and you should hear the "sizzle"
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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by stephenc » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:04 pm

I can do that ... and yes it has a switch for high frequency and the remote plugs .
I can wire it up for power easy enough and that brings up my next question .
The tag on the welder says it's dual voltage .. 240 / 480.
Would it be wired differently internally for 240 or 480?
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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by GlennW » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:31 pm

Facing the front of the machine, the right side cover comes off to connect the power cord. There should be something in there about 240 or 480 hookup.
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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by stephenc » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:46 pm

Sweet ... thank you for the help . I'll get the cover off after dinner .

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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by stephenc » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:39 pm

Ok so .. re-wired for 240v and turned it on .
Powers up just fine , and while I can't hear the "sizzle " over the cooling fan I can see a spark jump the gap on the " points " so I feel pretty safe in assuming high frequency works just fine .
I think I'll go borrow a stinger and ground from my brothers welder and see how it does stick welding .

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Re: Miller three phase welder questions

Post by GlennW » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:47 pm

Sounds like it's working!
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