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Old 02-14-2005, 05:39 AM
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Airco mig welders any good?

I am going up to Maine tomorrow to look at an Airco mig welder that's supposed to be in excellent condition. I don't have the model # , but it is a 200 anp unit /28 volts with a 60% duty cycle. I am planning to use it for the floors and rockers on my 56 chevy sedan. The guy is asking $500 for it. I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with airco migs...good or bad? The 60% duty cycle kinda bothers me....but I doubt that would come into play doing body panels.
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I use an Airco at work, its a arc/mig/tig works awesome. never had a problem with it. 500 seems like a good price. try ro get a tank thrown in with it. it will save you a bit of money.

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A friend of mine has one in his bodyshop he bought about 5-6 years ago for his bodyshop, its a 220 but I do not know the model number.
I have used it 5-6 times helping him out and its an excellent welder.
If i recall he paid about $1100 new for it.
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Old 02-14-2005, 07:09 AM
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Airco is known for reliability. But, hard to find parts for locally. The internet has a few parts suppliers.
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Thanks for the replys, guys. I guess this will be a decent deal if it is in as good shape as the guy claims.
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I worked at a shop where we had an Airco, a 220 three phase unit. That was without a doubt the best MIG I had ever used. You could weld effortlessly, a very nice welder.
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I have never used an Airco Mig,but We had an old Airco arc welder when I was in school,most people didnt like it,I did, just had to run it a little hotter than the Millers and it made excellent welds.

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Fellows this thread is 4 years old.
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Good comments even if it is an old thread..Moving to garage tools section..

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It is a good thread about a good product and it's age should not keep anyone from adding to it, I just wanted to make everyone aware that it has been around a long time so any comments could be made accordingly.
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Even though its an old thread I just thought I'd add some of the older airco's were built by miller. I even had one that was dropped off a forklift at a steel mill and still worked perfectly. (besides the major sheet metal damage) So yes they are good units

P.s age on welders is sometimes nothing to shy away from, I just had a Lincoln SAE-400 Motor drive in the shop the other day from 1942 and it still worked perfectly and the more amazing thing is parts are still available for those units!
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