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I'm interested in buying a used Pro Cut 80 that on the inside of welder says 460/ 580 volt ? connection. Can this welder be converted to 240 volts? What if its connected to 240 volts. Will it work? Thanks

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  • Bryan Fullerton
    Bryan Fullerton Aug 23, 2010

    In case nobody answers you I think I can help a bit. However I used the clarification to avoid a decrease in my ratings. Too often people dont even try to answer a problem for fear their rating will drop.
    Regardless to answer your question somewhat. If that unit has a big heavy transformer then it is possible to replace it with a 240volt one and it would work. If it uses newer inverter style technology then the system board would have to be replaced.
    If you tried to use it on 240 voltage, and it worked, its output would be low. In other words it would not work at 80 amp performance.
    I have a much smaller unit that will work either 220 or 110. These things are very sensitive in the area of electronics. Even a small problem with the tip and they quit working.
    If I was you and the price was a very good deal Id ask the owner to verify that it would work at 240. If he wouldn't then I wouldn't buy it. I honestly do not think it would work on 240 volts. But I doubt many with cutting experience on here would know either. Which is why I went to the trouble to give my thoughts on it.
    I cut and weld and have some knowledge of electronics and that is what I base my suggestions on.
    Good luck chief.

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I doubt it. You will need the model number to determine for sure. There are two models that are listed for 460/580 with no mention of other voltages. Get the exact model number and you can download a manual at: http://www.mylincolnelectric.com/Catalog/lecooperatorsmanualsearch.aspx

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