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danny
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Postby danny » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:12 am

just kinda wondering how often do you guy's have to change the start cartridge on you sl-100 machine torch
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Re: START CARTRIDGE

Postby trucutcnc » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:49 pm

We run A120's and typically get 2 - 3 months out of one running an average of about 4 hours a day arc on time.
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Re: START CARTRIDGE

Postby fergy » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:40 am

I brought my machine second hand and have only had to change mine once coz I changed to a hypertherm and couldn't be happier :D

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Re: START CARTRIDGE

Postby danny » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:53 am

fergy wrote:I brought my machine second hand and have only had to change mine once coz I changed to a hypertherm and couldn't be happier :D

:lol: That definitely works


Ross,
How do ya know when to change it, Every once in a while it wont fire especially on a cut with a lot of starts. I called TD (George I think) told me to get the 9-8257 (I don't have it in front of me) Heavy duty cartridge (brass) It handles the heat better. I did, It didn't :? I went back to the 9-8213 (rubber looking one). But Once in a great while it won't fire. I changed the o-rings and cut all day with out a misfire.Could that have been what caused it to miss or is that just par for the course

Just thought I'd get a little in sight on this.

Thanks, Danny
2X2 Shop built table,proma thc,TB6560 bob
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Re: START CARTRIDGE

Postby jmsrbrt » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:12 am

Could that have been what caused it to miss or is that just par for the course.

I'd be interested as well. I've had a few misfires at start, and never associated that with the start cartridge.
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Postby trucutcnc » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:15 pm

Usually you'll get an 85 fault. When the plunger sticks on the start cart you'll get that fault. If I get a few misfires in a row, I'll check the start cart. We use the 9-8213. Our rep gave us one of the brass ones (9-8277), but since we never had an issue with the 9-8213, we've not used it. I thought we'd install it when the current 9-8213 went bad, but it hasn't yet.

Misfires are usually caused by worn consumables. A worn set of consumables combined with a pierce height that is a little too high will cause a misfire. When inspecting the electrode, look at the divit in the end of the electrode. When it gets to be about 1/16" deep, it's time to change. Basically you'll get a pilot arc that will usually pierce the material, but you won't get good arc transfer. If the cut still looks good just lowing the pierce height will get some more life out of the consumables.

I've never changed O-rings in 15 years of running TD machines. Granted, we're an OEM so they keep our equipment fairly up to date. We typically get new equipment every couple of years.

Disclaimer: All recommendations are based on real shop experiences, not engineers data derived in a lab. Don't know about you, but we live in the real world, not in the lab. :)
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Re: START CARTRIDGE

Postby danny » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:21 pm

Thanks Ross,
I'm sure what you said was my problem the electrode was ready to be changed and I think I was running a .200 pierce hight so that definitely makes since.
Although I don't think I even get a pilot arc when it dose it, should I be looking at something else as well.
Back when I called them I had gotten a 75 fault and that stumped George. Because It went back to running after I shut it down for a bit. That's when he told me to get the 9-8277 cart.

And I'd much rather have your real world any day,Than their Ivory tower
Thanks for the part number correction I couldn't recall it off top of my head

Thanks again,

Danny
2X2 Shop built table,proma thc,TB6560 bob
TD cut master 52,SL 100 machine torch
mach3, sheetcam, 26cfm compressor, Ref.air dryer, water seperator, motorguard toilet paper filter

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Re: START CARTRIDGE

Postby trucutcnc » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:55 pm

We get a 75 every now and then while it's cutting, which they say isn't possible. A 75 means that the machine was turned on with the torch trigger engaged, which isn't possible while it's cutting. Without looking at the manual, I don't think a 75 has anything to do with the start cart. If you get an 85 when to light the torch, it is most likely a stuck start cart. You can clean them up with scotchbrite and sometimes that helps. I've never done it but that's what they tell me.
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Re: START CARTRIDGE

Postby danny » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:33 pm

I think that's what stumped him :lol:

Thanks for all the help Ross, I appreciate it.
Danny
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TD cut master 52,SL 100 machine torch
mach3, sheetcam, 26cfm compressor, Ref.air dryer, water seperator, motorguard toilet paper filter

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Re: START CARTRIDGE

Postby VERSIUS » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:06 am

I was having a similar problem for a while on my A60. I actually had some other issues as well, but sometimes it wouldn't arc, sometimes it would arc and just stay in place and burn a hole (and burn up the nozzle really quickly). My problem was insufficient ground. I wasted a couple of grand in metal and tips before I figured it out though. I took a 4-0 cable and ran it down to a grounding rod I pounded about 3ft into the ground and my problems went away completely. Probably not your issue, but it doesn't hurt to check and I can tell you that my factory ground cable was not cutting it (I don't know if it had been kinked and damaged or what).


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