FCAW with AC?

So I'm looking at those dirt cheap harbor freight flux core welders to use as a cold wire feeder, and I see that they don't seem to have any rectifier in them. Are they using AC for FCAW?

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Actually they ARE using AC on at least one model, if you can believe their schematics. This was discussed here a while back.

If you compare the schematics for items 94056 and 98871 you'll notice that they're nearly identical except that 98871 has a single winding on the secondary of the main transformer and no diodes so it's AC at the gun while

94056 has a center tapped secondary and two diodes.

Best Regards, Keith Marshall snipped-for-privacy@progressivelogic.com

"I'm not grown up enough to be so old!"

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Keith Marshall

What's that Lassie? You say that Keith Marshall fell down the old sci.engr.joining.welding mine and will die if we don't mount a rescue by Mon, 19 Oct 2009 01:55:45 -0400:

Thanks. That's what I thought, but I couldn't believe it.

looks like one has a cooling fan, variable feed control, and AC current, and the other has no fan, diodes for DC current, and fixed wire feed.

Two varieties of crap.

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