Section 5:service, 01 cleaning of the unit, 02 cleaning of the feed rolls – Tweco FP-165 Mini MIG User Manual
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5.01 Cleaning of the Unit
Periodically remove the right side panel (after disconnect-
ing the supply cord from the receptacle) and blow out the
interior with clean, dry, compressed air of not more than
25 PSI air pressure. Do not strike any components with
the air hose nozzle.
5.02 Cleaning of the Feed Rolls
Clean the wire groove on the feed roll at frequent intervals.
This cleaning operation can be done by using a small
wire brush. To clean the wire groove, loosen the pressure
device and lift the feedroll pressure arm. Remove all wire
from the feedhead. Wipe off the bearing roll (the “top” roll
in the feedhead).
5.03 Basic Troubleshooting
The basic level of troubleshooting is that which can be
performed without special equipment or knowledge, and
without removing the covers from the Power Source.
If major components are faulty, then the Power Source
should be returned to an Accredited THERMAL ARC Ser-
vice Agent for repair.
5.04 Solving Problems Beyond the
The general approach to fix Gas Metal Arc
Welding (GMAW) problems is to start at the
wire spool then work through to the MIG torch.
There are two main areas where problems oc-
cur with GMAW:
When there is a gas problem the result is usually porosity
within the weld metal. Porosity always stems from some
contaminant within the molten weld pool which is in the
process of escaping during solidification of the molten
Contaminants range from no gas around the welding arc
to dirt on the work piece surface. Porosity can be reduced
by checking the following points:
1. Gas cylinder contents and flow meter.
a. Ensure that the gas cylinder is not empty and
the flow meter is correctly adjusted to 20CFM
(15 liters per minute).
2. Gas leaks
a. Check for gas leaks between the regulator/cyl-
inder connection and in the gas hose to the
3. Internal gas hose in the Power Source.
a. Ensure the hose from the solenoid valve to the
MIG torch adaptor has not fractured and that it
is connected to the MIG torch adaptor.
4. Welding in a windy environment.
a. Shield the weld area from the wind or increase
the gas flow.
5. Welding dirty, oily, painted, oxidized or greasy
a. Clean contaminates off the plate.
6. Distance between the MIG torch nozzle and the
a. Keep the distance between the MIG torch nozzle
and the work piece to a minimum.
7. Maintain the MIG torch in good working order.
a. Ensure that the gas holes are not blocked and
gas is exiting out of the torch nozzle. Refer to
b. Do not restrict gas flow by allowing spatter to
build up inside the MIG torch nozzle.
Disengage the drive roll when testing for gas
flow by ear.