Model #196205680 Craftsman welder

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Question and Answers

Q:

Lost motor power 196205680 Craftsman Mig welder

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Check to make sure the wire is not crimped somewhere along the cable. If the wire is not crimped causing the slow wire feed then it could have one of the following issues:

  1. Wire feed roller positioned incorrectly. (Make sure the appropriate groove on the feed roll is selected).
  2. Tension adjusting screw too tight. (Loosen screw slightly)
  3. Insufficient pressure on wire feed roller. (Increase pressure on wire feed roller). Caution: do not overtighten.
  4. Liner partially blocked. (Clean with compressed air or replace.
  5. Faulty drive motor. (Press torch trigger and measure voltage at the motor terminals). If voltage is correct, replace wire feed motor. The voltage range is 3.2VDC-28VDC depending on the votage selection and wire feed speed.
  6. Faulty wire speed circuit board. (Press torch trigger and verify voltage at the (-IN) and (+IN) terminals. The minimum is 17.8VDC and maximum is 26VDC. If voltage is correct, replace the speed circuit board.
NOTE: If you do not have experience and feel safe and confident in making voltage checks, I strongly suggest taking the mig welder in for service.

The failure is most likely the wire feed motor. I hope this information is helpful.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 29, 2014