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My mastercraft ark welder turns on but won't ark the overload switch is not on

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Get someone with electrical knowledge to test the circuits. Do you mean an Arc Welder or do you mean a MIG Welder? They are completely different in operation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014

  • Robert Ellis Nov 15, 2014

    It is an arc welder . The switch lights up when you turn it on but it is not ampping up and I am not getting an arc

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