Clarke 230 tec no feed ? Please help

  1. Sprok New Member

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    Hi I've got a Clarke 230 tec that I've just dug out of my shed. The unit was brand new, never used but not in a box. It's been stored for the last 6 years or so in my shed and today was the day I've been looking forward to since I bought it !! Finally I plugged it in and tried to do some welding. It turns on but when I pull the trigger the feed doesn't operate. I took the side panel off and can see the fan operating and also the relay clicks in and out when I pull trigger but the motor doesn't turn. I checked the fuses. Please can anyone help ? It's never been used :(
     
  2. Sprok New Member

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    I've only just put it all together this is the first time I've ever tried the welder.
     
  3. mike 109444

    mike 109444 Member

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    As the machine is "new" but unused then could it be that your wire speed control is turned right down to zero ??
    Have you looked to see IF the wire feed rollers are turning at all ?
    6 years is a long time to wait.... :whistle:
    Post back with results of your checks.
    Basic wiring diagram is in the manual so this should be sortable :thumbup:
    And welcome BTW :hug:
     
  4. Sprok New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome !! I set everything to mid point settings so unfortunately I think the wire speed is half way.

    I've been told to try and get 12v to the motor to test it. Looks quite tight not sure how I'm going to do that.
     
  5. Sprok New Member

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    And no the rollers don't move at all
     
  6. mike 109444

    mike 109444 Member

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    Take care feeding voltage to the motor as if you don't disconnect the motor then the voltage you apply will also feed along the wires to the pcb and could damage the motor drive circuit. Note the orientation of the connections to the motor as it is a DC motor and if you connect it round the wrong way it will run in reverse !!
    Not the best of pics (not my pic!) but does your pcb look like the image below ?
    If so then just below and to the right of the pcb is a contactor (think big relay!) (K1 in diagram) When you say you can hear a "click" when trigger pulled, does the contactor operate ?
     
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  7. mike 109444

    mike 109444 Member

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    May be a better pic (if correct type, this is a 205te)
     
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  8. Sprok New Member

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    Hi guys

    Sorted the welder !! Put 12v onto the motor connections at the PCB now it all works !!! Maybe it just needed a kick start ?! Who knows but it's up and running !!

    Thanks for advice
     
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