Q-2000: I have a 20 foot long heavy duty welding cable with "Forney Ind USA #4 welding cable" printed on the side. It has clamps on the end like jumper cables. Can you please assist me with what it is and a ballpark figure of what it's worth?
The cables probably aren't worth more than $20 apart from the welder itself. Together with the welder, in good shape, the machine may be worth $100 to $150 depending on how you decide to market the unit.
Q-2001: I have an AT 100 welder and the yellow light is on and the machine does not work. Can this be fixed?
Unfortunately, there is no simple solution to your problem. We discontinued that machine some time ago and have no repair parts to offer. You may need a new control board, which may be available online somewhere.
Q-2002: I have an old Forney "farm welder". I am looking for a new on/off switch for the machine.
The on/off switch of that welder is an appliance switch rated at 50 amps, and can be found at an electrical supply store. Install that switch and you should be good to go.
Q-2003: I have a Forney Model A welder and I need the tapered plugs for the cables. I can find many replacements with diameters of .364 but the holes on this welder are .480" to .500". Can you please help?
The largest plug we have available is 3/8". They are recommended for the older Forney welders and our service technician says they should work. We also have the appropriate output jacks if you would like to change those to accommodate the smaller plug size. These plugs can be found on our web store at www.forneyind.com/store.
Q-2004: I have an old Forney ARC welder model C-5-B with all the accessories including the welding manual, guarantee, adjustment policy and the original bill of sale dated 6-6-1960 with serial #207609. I am looking for replacement parts for various accessories such as battery charger cables with the correct size tap, and replacement rods for the carbon torch and soldering iron.
The battery charger cables aren't available as a manufactured item, but they can be built. The part numbers for the plug ins are 57901 and 57902. They can be used on welding cable sizes #2 - #6. These products can be found on our website, www.forneyind.com. Here are a couple of companies that may have the carbon torch rods: Cinema Equipment & Supply in Memphis at 800-759-5905, and Mauer Welding Supply, in Oskaloosa, IA 641-673-7565. We do not have any soldering irons available for this machine.
Q-2005: I have a Forney C-5BT welder manufactured in 1961 with a blown capacitor. There are no marks on the capacitor. Can you help me identify a replacement?
Forney no longer carries this capacitor, however they are still available in the market. The part you need, in order to operate the machine safely, is a 20 mfd 370 volt oil filled capacitor. Two sources are Packard Inc at 800-334-1769 part # PRC-20 and Galco Ind. Electronics at 800-337-0746 part # 97F9039.
Q-2006: I have a Forney welder Model C5 and need a plug-in connector to replace my welding cables. Can you help direct me where to find them?
The plug-in connectors are Forney part numbers 57901 and 57902. The "1" has a black sleeve and the "2" has a red sleeve. They are available on our web store at www.forneyind.com.
Q-2007: Where can I find cables for a Forney C-3 welder?
Cable assemblies are no longer available, however, they can be created from existing plugs, cable, electrode holders and ground clamps. The part numbers for the plug-ins are 57901 and 57902. They can be used on welding cable sizes #2 - #6. These products can be found on our website, www.forneyind.com.
Q-2008: Where can I find 3/8" carbon rods for a 1961 Forney arc torch?
Our last source for those 'Double Eagle' carbons was the Marble Company at 800-759-5905.
Q-2009: Where can I find parts for a Forney AT-100 welder?
The only parts available from Forney on this discontinued welder would be serviceable replacement leads. For other parts, we would suggest contacting the original vendor, L.B.L. Inc., in the Chicago area at 708-579-5893.
Q-2010: My Forney C3 welder discharged a pale fluid and began smoking while welding. Can you help me figure out why?
The part that is leaking and smoking is most likely the capacitor. We no longer stock those, but here are a couple of potential suppliers that might be able to help you out. Please let them know you need the 20MFA, 370VOC, oil filled capacitor. Packard Ind. 800-334-7169. Galco Industrial Electronics 800-575-5562.
Q-2011: Do you carry parts for the Forney C5 welder?
The few parts for those old Forney welders that are still available (lead components & female jacks) can be found on our website, www.forneyind.com.
Q-2012: I have a Forney C5B welder and need to replace the insulated electrode holder with cable and the duo-grip ground clamp with cable.
We do not stock the premade cables with electrode and ground clamp for these units any longer. However, all the components are available on our website at www.forneyind.com. The Sure Grip Plugs that plug into the welder are item numbers 57901 and 57902. The website offers several options of electrode holders and ground clamps as well as various cable sizes to fit your needs.
Q-2013: I have an older Forney welder that I need a replacement part for. The model is an old c-3 unit. The capacitor inside of it is bad. Where can I buy a replacement for it?
Here are two contacts for the capacitor you¹re looking for.
Packard, Inc. 800-334-1769
Galco Industrial Electronics 800-575-5562.
Please let them know you need a 20MFD, 370VOC unit.
Q-2014: I have a very old Forney Ind. arc welder, a small buzz box model #FS230Vw. Still does a great job but after many years of service the ground cable insulator through the cabinet is burned out to the point of arcing. Is there a replacement insulator grommet available for this antique? I can "farmerize" it and keep it running but I'd like to keep it as near as possible to original.
If it's the black nut on the outside of the output jack, our item number is 57501. We also have the fiber washer for that, our item number is 57404.
Q-2015: I need to replace the welding leads on my Forney Model C-5. Would you tell me what size, AWG, to use?
For a lead 25' or less, you can use a #4 wire. For longer leads, a #2 would be better.
Q-2016: How do I replace the swan neck liner, specifically the o-ring for a Forney® #00306 & #00308, Tweco® and Clarke® Compatible?
The first step in removing the swan neck liner is to open the gun case. Be careful, because it will have to go back the same way. The electrical wire routing is important if you want to close the case tight again. Make a note of how the trigger assembly works. Do not lose the hinge pin for the trigger. Try to lift the aluminum gas block out of the case without disturbing anything else. You need to get access to the set screw near the end of the gas block next to where the swans neck enters the gas block.
Loosen the set screw. While holding the gas block, twist the swans neck back and forth and pull at the same time. It should not take much effort to remove the swan's neck. Inside is the short liner sometimes with a rubber o ring. I have found that that o ring can cause problems, causing the wire to catch at that point. My advice is to remove that o ring before you insert the new wire liner. The funnel shape on the end of the liner goes toward the gas block and fits in a recession at the end of the swan's neck hole in the gas block. The swans neck is inserted into the hole until it bottoms out.
Make sure the neck is pointed in the same direction as it was before you removed it. Re-tighten the set screw and put the gun halves back together.
Be sure you check the trigger wiring to make sure the connectors are together firmly and the trigger has a lip that must go inside the gun housing. If you find that the halves of the gun do not go together, tightly rearrange the wires and there is a ledge on the cable shield that must be in the correct position.