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Century 125GL mig welder

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Dan R

08-22-2000 18:07:40

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My century 125 GL mig welder blows my breakers when I turn it on. All that is required to run it is 120 volts 15 amp plug. It is new and I tried it on a 20 amp breaker and it blew it. whats the problem???

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Delbert Kimbrough

05-31-2006 09:59:51

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 Re: century 125GL mig welder in reply to Dan R, 08-22-2000 18:07:40  
Looking for a owners manual for the 125GL.

Also I weld without gas. Now I would like to use gas. I need to know what parts I need to gas weld. I have now parts to weld with gas.

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Steve U.S. Alloys

08-23-2000 10:47:03

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 Re: century 125GL mig welder in reply to Dan R, 08-22-2000 18:07:40  
Hi Dan,
You said it tripped the breaker when you turned the machine on. If that's the case, you have internal problems.

If you meant to say it tripped the breakers while welding, that's a different story. I don't have info on the Century welders in regard to input of amperage, but a 15 amp circuit sounds light for a 125 amp machine to me. I've sold a truckload of Miller 130 amp welders which Miller says will operate on a 20 amp circuit. Every 20 amp circuit I've plugged it into tripped when running anywhere near the high end on amps. I've seen them work fine on a 30 amp circuit. Steve

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Jessie McAfee

03-22-2001 22:24:55

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 Re: Re: century 125GL mig welder in reply to Steve U.S. Alloys, 08-23-2000 10:47:03  
I bought your new welder and the wire feed dosent work. is there any thing i can do to correct this with out taking it back? because i will loose money on restocking and i did get the deal of the century.

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Rock IN

03-29-2001 20:45:01

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 Re: Re: Re: century 125GL mig welder in reply to Jessie McAfee, 03-22-2001 22:24:55  

There are just a few possibilities...
1) Power supply. There has to be power to the control board. (Fuse?) Test with voltmeter.
2) The control switch & wiring to switch. Test with ohmmeter.
3) The motor & motor wiring. Test for appropriate voltage to motor with voltmeter. (Most are small DC motors up to ~12v)
4) The feed rate control. A potentiometer (Variable resistor) & wiring. Look at it, usually a broken solid wire due to vibration during shipping. (Actually could be any wire to/from control board) Can test with ohmmeter.

If it's in the control board, the major component is the SCR, a 2$ replacement at radio shack, much better than a $150 board! Fixed 2 of them this way, they are damaged by power surges!

Ussual blow your fingers off, not my fault disclaimer; You expose yourself to death, disability, causing more damage to your equipment, scorn of your spouse if you let the smoke out, etc, etc, etc, anytime you are working with electricity. Seriously, welders are capable of serious current & can cause great damage to you & yes, even death. Be careful!


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09-01-2005 08:29:39

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: century 125GL mig welder in reply to Rock IN, 03-29-2001 20:45:01  
where can I find a instuction book on a Century 125GL wire feed welder Model 117-076

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06-08-2004 20:53:12

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: century 125GL mig welder in reply to Rock IN, 03-29-2001 20:45:01  
I also recently purchased a century 125GL----no issues with the power but I would like to find a source for an owners/operators manual---so far in my attempts to find I've drawn a blank. Any help would be appreaciated

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08-22-2000 18:49:03

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 Re: century 125GL mig welder in reply to Dan R, 08-22-2000 18:07:40  
Your are pulling more juice than the breaker can handle. If you know that you are hooked to a 20amp, then the welder is bad..... contact the company...

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