There are two types of engine driven welders – the one running on petrol and the one running on diesel. Despite these two being used for pretty much the same work, they are not the same machine inside-out. However, the maintenance routine for these two is quite similar, aside from a few differences, and to make sure you maintain your engine driven welders just right – we’re here to give you some tips.
1. Inspect The Engine Welder Regularly
Make sure never to forget about routine maintenance and inspection. Take this time and look for any leaks, loose belts, problems with hoses, or any other common problems, and fix them if needed. Usually, routine maintenance will entail small, inexpensive fixes like tightening a thing or two or replacing some parts, but it is much better to do this than to tackle a huge problem when it occurs. Preventive maintenance is always the smart thing to do. Because if an engine driven welder breaks, it’ll usually occur mid-work, which means you’ll not only be losing money on repairs, but you’ll also lose the ability to work, which will also cost money.
2. Run The Diesel Engine Driven Welders Correctly To Prevent Wet Stacking
Unlike petrol welders that go most of their life idling, diesel engine driven welders do not. In fact, diesel engines inside of these machines can’t really idle. Instead, these are designed to work hard, and it’s the only way these know how to work. What this means is that instead of idling, you’ll have to load the diesel engine driven welder to reach and maintain its operating temperature.
Running them this way will prevent a common problem called wet stacking. Wet stacking is the accumulation of unburnt fuel and engine oil around the exhaust system. This problem can easily be caught by the naked eye because it causes a discharge of black, oily liquid from the exhaust pipe. While wet stacking usually doesn’t cause any long term or permanent damage, but if left unattended, it could just cut the engine driven welders’ life short.
3. Check The Oil Level For Petrol Engine Driven Welders Regularly
The oil in an air-cooled petrol engine is not only a lubricant. It is also a coolant. This means, checking the oil levels and changing the oil and oil filters regularly is twice as important. Make it a routine to check the oil levels every time you start the welder. That way, you will always be a step ahead of a potential problem.
4. Maintain The Fuel System Properly
More often than not, to maintain the fuel system, the only thing you have to do is change the fuel filters from time to time. By doing this, you’re preventing unwanted issues that could occur in the future, because whether we like it or not, the petrol we use today will clog and ruin the filters in a matter of months. Once that happens, the fuel flow will take a hit, and so will the welders’ performance. Leaving this problem unattended can only lead to a more severe issue down the road.
Those were our top 4 tips for engine driven welders maintenance. We can only hope you’ve found them useful and helpful.