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ESAB 550 plasma cutter will not shut off, I suspect a bad switch

The on & off switch will not shut the machine off, I have to unplug or shut off breaker. Could it be more than just a bad switch?

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Unlikely, the switch poles are not making contact or a wire has come adrift from one of the swiutch poles.

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