I was wondering what a good little home welder would be? I really enjoy stick welding and dont get to weld stick alot so iwas looking and those lincoln stick welders i think there were or are called cracker jack boxes or something lol...but i knwo this is a miller sight but just want info about them, if there miller versions feel free to let me know about them to.
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12-30-2012, 11:29 AM #1Junior Member
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good little home welders
12-30-2012, 11:40 AM #2Senior Member
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Go find yourseld a used buzz box off of Craigslist in whatever brand suits your fancy. Those old transformer machines are well nigh indestructable, so if they work when you go to look at them before buying they can usually be depended upon to work for your grandkids. Try for a AC/DC version, but they will go for around twice as much as a AC only version. Note that you will probably have to run a circuit for the welder as they are somewhat power hungry to operate.Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
Miller DialArc 250
Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
Logan 7" shaper
Ellis 3000 band saw
Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
Lots of dust bunnies
Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.
12-30-2012, 01:15 PM #3
Pawn shops are full of small stick welders AC, AC/DC, red, blue and gray ones. CL and even Facebook has them. I have an older Thunderbolt AC/DC and love it....Bob
Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
12-30-2012, 01:50 PM #4
You definitely want an ac/dc unit. Don't settle for an ac only machine. Lincoln has the ac/dc 225/125, Miller has the Thunderbolt & Hobart the stickmate. All good. Make sure it works before you buy it & again make sure it is not an ac only machine. They need a 240v 50 amp outlet.MM250
Lincoln ac/dc 225
MM200 black face
Whitney 30 ton hydraulic punch
Lown 1/8x 36" power roller
Arco roto-phase model M
Vectrax 7x12 band saw
Miller spectrum 875
30a spoolgun w/wc-24
12-31-2012, 12:01 AM #5Member
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Where are you located? I have a Lincoln AC/DC tombstone sitting in my garage collecting tremendous amounts of dust, that works beautifully. Its looking for a good home. I am just south of Detroit, MI.