Here is my Sealey MightyMig 100 welder it was from the 1970's and has been an on and off project for about a year now.
I was given it by a friend of mine as most people know I like to try to fix or re use most things.
When I got it it had a broken gas valve and a torch without a trigger.
I decided to re wire it for flux cored wire so I rang the local Sealey Engineers and asked them for advice and as expected they really didn't know if it would work or not so I went ahead and got started.
Step 1: Re Wire to Swap Live and Earth
I undid the case and followed the live and earth wire back to the sources and simply cut the wires and crossed over the wires and crimped and shrink wrapped them to their opposite. Live to Earth visa versa.
With my fingers crossed I put the case back on and plugged it in and Prayed for the best.
Well the power worked and their was an arc but it wasn't all good news.
THE WIRE FEED CONTROLLER CIRCUIT GOT FRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I now had to find a suitable replacement for the 45 year old board.
WARNING ELECTRICITY IS DANGEROUS TAKE CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Step 2: Fitting and Wiring the PWM Board
I learnt from research that the wire feed motor controller is called a Pulse Width Modulation board (PWM).
The PWM board was found on Ebay for approx £3
I wired up the motor and the power to the board and gave it a whirl.
When welding no matter how I changed the power or wire feed settings it was still stuttering or didn't seem to have the power to pull the wire through.
I quickly realised it was wired in the opposite as I changed over the supplies early so I swapped them around and to my dismay it still didn't work.
So scratching my head and thinking hard I checked every connection tested the motor and supplies and it finally came to me
ITS A DC PWM IM USING AC.
Now I had to supply the PWM with DC power.
I chose to use an old PC Power Supply over a wall wart as a power supply is a more sensitive regulated power supply that a wall transformer.
Yellow is +12v
Black is Negative.
After wiring it all together it worked a lot better so all I have to do was find a new trigger.
WARNING ELECTRICITY IT DANGEROUS TAKE CARE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Step 3: Trigger Vs New Torch
I searched for a new trigger button and with the welder being so all all torches had changed in shape and their workings so it came to no luck.
Although I am trying to build a 3d printer through weekly subscriptions I haven't got one yet so it was out of my grasp to make one.
I decided to buy a new lance and torch and with Euro torches being cheaper than new hard wired one I went for the euro choice.
The euro conversion was an extra £30 so i decided to hard wire the euro torch.
Step 4: Hard Wiring a Euro Torch
To hard wire a Euro torch
1. I cut off the Euro plug of the end of the lance.
2. Stripped the insulation back and crimped the wires that go around the gas and wire supply together.
3. Cut off the Binzel end of the wire liner and attach it to the wire feed unit and thread it back to the end of the torch.
4. Wire the crimped cable to the Negative which is the torch supply now if you remember.
5. Insert the wire and refit all nibs and shrouds.
WARNING ELECTRICITY IS DANGEROUS TAKE CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Step 5: ALL DONE
Now Make sure all Electrical connections are correctly crimped or tightened and the casing is correctly earthed.
I have nearly finished all to do now is change the wire liner and its good to go.
I accidentally fused wire inside it by trying to keep the Euro plug on the end of the lance and using a PVC pipe to insulate it.
IT DIDN'T WORK TOO WELL (and looked awful).
Right so now I changed the wire liner re - inserted the wire and I put some test welds down on 4mm thick stainless steel plate and the overall weld was good, better that a car sill repair I once had done from a garage but saying that I also attempted to weld 1.2mm mild steel sheet and with the lowest power setting being 50A it just blew holes everywhere as the weld pool wasn't sustained for long enough to warrant travel.
With a proper welding mask and gloves and not holding a piece of glass in one hand and the torch in the other it would be good enough for small repairs on 2mm to 4mm (with a v) which is perfect for what I need.
Thanks for reading.