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Get started with the Forney 220 AC/DC TIG Welder! Below is the breakdown of the Quick Start Guide included with your new machine. 

TIG Welding with the Forney 220 AC/DC Welder

FIRST STEPS

Read The User Manual IconRead User Manual

Select Tig Welding Icon process

2. Connect TIG torch and ground clamp

Connect TIG Torch
3. Connect TIG torch lead to gas (100% Argon) 

Connect Gas
4. Adjust amperage per material thickness

Adjust Amperage
5. Connect to input power


Connect To Input Power
6. Choose between High Frequency (HF) start or Lift Start
Electrode is always electrically hot while in TIG mode

Choose Between High Frequency or Lift Start

TIG TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS 

Workpiece grounding 

Connect ground clamp to clean, bare metal. No rust, paint or other coatings. Attach the ground clamp directly to workpiece if you are experiencing issues. 
Workpiece Preparation

To ensure maximum quality, always clean and prepare welding surfaces.
Frequently tripping circuit breaker or exceeding duty cycle

 Welder should be the only thing plugged into the circuit.
Low weld output or poor fusion

110-120V
• Usually due to low input power
• Welder should be only thing plugged into circuit
• Avoid using extension cords. If one must be used, it must be 3 conductor #12 AWG or larger up to 25 feet
• Generators must be a minimum 5,000W continuous output with no low-idle function
(or low-idle off), 5% THD Max
Low weld output or poor fusion

208-240V
• Usually due to low input power
• Welder should be only thing plugged into circuit
• Avoid using extension cords. If one must be used, it must be 3 conductor #8 AWG
• Generators must be a minimum 10,000W continuous output with no low-idle
function (or low-idle off), 5% THD Max

Stick Welding with the Forney AC/DC Welder 

FIRST STEPS

Read User Manual Read User Manual

Select Stick Welding Icon process

Select Process

2. Connect electrode holder and ground clamp according to desired polarity 

Connect Electrode Holder and Ground Clamp
Usually DCEP-Electrode Positive
 3. Connect to input power

Connect Input Power
4. Adjust amperage per material settings chart on the welder

5. Recommended electrodes

STICK TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS 

Workpiece grounding 

Connect ground clamp to clean, bare metal. No rust, paint or other coatings. Attach the ground clamp directly to workpiece if you are experiencing issues. 
Workpiece Preparation

To ensure maximum quality, always clean and prepare welding surfaces.
Frequently tripping circuit breaker or exceeding duty cycle

 Use 3/16″ diameter electrodes or smaller. Some 3/16″ will draw too much amperage.
Trying to weld single pass on material larger than 3/8″ thick  is not possible with this machine. Multi-pass recommended for thicker materials.
 Welder should be the only thing plugged into the circuit.
Low weld output or poor fusion

110-120V
• Usually due to low input power
• Welder should be only thing plugged into circuit
• Avoid using extension cords. If one must be used, it must be 3 conductor #12 AWG or larger up to 25 feet
• Generators must be a minimum 5,000W continuous output with no low-idle function
(or low-idle off), 5% THD Max
Low weld output or poor fusion

208-240V
• Usually due to low input power
• Welder should be only thing plugged into circuit
• Avoid using extension cords. If one must be used, it must be 3 conductor #8 AWG
• Generators must be a minimum 10,000W continuous output with no low-idle
function (or low-idle off), 5% THD Max

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QUESTIONS OR TROUBLE? Contact Forney Industries at 1-800-521-6038 or customerservice@forneyind.com  

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