Fixing problems with sticking blow back on IPT-60 Torch

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Fixing problems with sticking blow back on IPT-60 Torch

Post by msimpson99 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:13 pm

I have owned my Everlast 50S plasma cutter since March of 2016, and have used it hand held and mounted on a CNC. It has worked flawlessly and I could not be happier with it.

Recently I have been getting a lot of misfires where the torch starts the airflow but does not start the pilot arc. What I noticed was the blow back mechanism was sticking. You can check this by removing the cap, and nozzle and pressing in on the electrode. It should move very smoothly when you press with no sticking. On mine it felt scratchy and would stick occasionally.

Fixing the issue
I could find no way to disassemble the torch-head, so as a last resort before replacing the torch, I decided to try a little WD40. I removed the electrode and squirted a very little WD40 into the hole. I then inserted the end of by compressor blower into the same hole and removed as much of the WD40 as possible.

I wiped off the head with a paper towel and reinstalled the electrode. A quick press revealed the scratchy feeling and sticking was gone. I attached the nozzle and cap and its now back to working perfect.

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Re: Fixing problems with sticking blow back on IPT-60 Torch

Post by weldguy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:30 am

Thanks for posting your solution, glad it worked, should help others in the future. If I ever experience this I will keep this in mind. I wonder if a dry lube would be better?

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Re: Fixing problems with sticking blow back on IPT-60 Torch

Post by msimpson99 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:39 am

WD40 is not really a lube at all. WD stands for water displacement. It also acts as a degreaser. WD also drys very fast so it seems like the perfect choice, I don't think you want to lube it too much as it needs to make electrical contact as it moves to strike the arc.

I tried just blowing the head with compressed air, bot that did not work. It is possible I had some corrosion buildup as I have a downdraft vented to the outside, humid air oftain makes its way back through the system if I forget to close the damper.

It is also possible I had some moisture enter through my lines, but I doubt it. I have an auto tank drain and use a coalescing filter and a desiccant dryer. Not really had any moisture problems in the lines.

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