Forney Easy Weld 180 ST Quick Start Guide

Posted by Rachel Bigum on Apr 1, 2019 9:27:52 AM

In Forney Industries, Forney Easy Weld, Stick welding, TIG welding

Forney Easy Weld 180 ST
Get started with the Forney Easy Weld 180 ST! Below is a breakdown of the Quick Start Guide that is included with your new machine.

TIG Welding With The Forney Easy Weld 180 ST

FIRST STEPS

Read User Manual

1. Select  process.
Select Process

2. Connect TIG torch and ground clamp.
 
Connect TIG torch and ground clamp.

3. Connect TIG torch lead to gas (100% Argon).

Attaching hose to regulator and regulator to gas bottle Attach to regulator

4. Adjust amperage per material thickness.
Adjust Amperage

5. Connect to input power. 

6. Initiate the arc with a scratch or lift technique when in contact with the metal.
Forney Industries | 100 ST Arc Start *Electrode is always electrically hot while in TIG mode.

TIG Troubleshooting Tips

Both LED lights off
Verify machine is plugged in and on. See manual. 
 

Both LED lights on
Duty cycle exceeded or insufficient air flow. Allow machine to cool. Ensure vents are clear of obstacles. See manual.

Aluminum welding
Not recommended for this machine.
Output is DC only which is not recommended for TIG welding aluminum.

Workpiece grounding
Connect ground clamp to clean and bare metal. No rust, paint or other coatings. Attach the ground clamp directly to the workpiece if you are experiencing issues. 

Frequently tripping circuit breaker or exceeding duty cycle
Welder should be the only thing plugged into the circuit.

Low weld output or poor fusion
Usually due to low input power.
Welder should be the only thing plugged into circuit.
Avoid using extension cords. If one must be used, it must be a #10 AWG or larger; 25' (8m) or shorter.
Generators must be 4,000 W continuous output and not have a low-idle function (or have it disabled). 

Stick welding with the Forney Easy Weld 180 ST

FIRST STEPS

Read User Manual

1. Select  process.
Select Process

2. Connect electrode holder and ground clamp according to desired polarity.
Connect TIG torch and ground clamp.
*Usually DCEP- Electrode Positive 

3. Connect TIG torch lead to gas (100% Argon).
Attaching hose to regulator and regulator to gas bottle Attach to regulator

4. Adjust amperage per material thickness.
Adjust Amperage

5. Recommended electrodes

Electrode Diameter Amperage
Inches MM AMPS
1/8 3/32 2,4 30-75
1/8 3,2 35-120
5/32 4,0 80-160
E6013 1/16 1,6 20-50
3/32 2,4 40-90
1/8 3,2 50-130
5/32 4,0 90-180
E7014 3/32 2,4 40-90
1/8 3,2 60-130
5/32 4,0 90-180
E7018 3/32 2,4 50-100
1/8 3,2 80-160
5/32 4,0 90-180
*Performance may vary by brand

Stick Troubleshooting Tips

Both LED lights off
Verify machine is plugged in and on. See manual. 
 

Both LED lights on
Duty cycle exceeded or insufficient air flow. Allow machine to cool. Ensure vents are clear of obstacles. See manual.

Aluminum welding
Not recommended for this machine.
Requires more amperage on Stick than this machine is designed to output.

Workpiece grounding
Connect ground clamp to clean and bare metal. No rust, paint or other coatings. Attach the ground clamp directly to the workpiece if you are experiencing issues. 

Frequently tripping circuit breaker or exceeding duty cycle

Use 5/32" diameter electrode or smaller. Some 5/32" may draw too much amperage.
Trying to weld single pass on material larger than 1/4" thick is not possible with this machine. Multi-pass recommended for thicker materials.
Welder should be the only thing plugged into the circuit.

Low weld output or poor fusion
Usually due to low input power.
Welder should be only thing plugged into circuit
Avoid using extension cords. If one must be used, it must be #10 AWG or larger; 25' (8m) or shorter.
Generators must be 4,000 W continuous output and not have a low-idle function (or have it disabled).


 QUESTIONS OR TROUBLE? Contact Forney Industries at 1-800-521-6038
customerservice@forneyind.com
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