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Old 05-24-2004, 10:27 PM
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I bought a Welder, Need some info

I bought an Arch welder from my uncle today for $100. I havent seen it yet, but knowing him I know it works, and works well. But I have never heard of the brand, Buzz Box? Its a 230 amp unit.

I did some searching online, but couldn't find anything. Do you guys know anything about this brand? I was thinking it is a subsidiary of a bigger company.

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Old 05-24-2004, 10:40 PM
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i believe the term 'buzz box' refers to any old arc welder. i've seen several arc welders ranging from a lincoln to a century to an old no name jobby that were called buzzboxes by their respective owners.

btw, congrats on the purchase of your new welder.
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Old 05-24-2004, 11:07 PM
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Buzz box is just a nickname given to arc welders. It came from the sound the arc makes when your welding. When you get it you'll see a company ID plate on it somewhere telling you who made it.. If you'r lucky and it's one of the really good old units, it will have an small round adjusting wheel on the top to set your output amperage. Newer units just have a series of pre set outputs and you plug your leads in them. It limits you, sometimes it's too hot and sometimes it's too cold. On a crank ajustable unit you could dial it in perfect. Anyway, Congrats and have fun with it.
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Old 05-24-2004, 11:19 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys. I will be picking it up on Wed, it is at my dads house right now. I don't think he knew where to look for the brand name, so when I get it, I will go through it and get all the info. I can't wait to use this thing, I will be learning to weld with it, so it should be fun.

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Old 05-24-2004, 11:51 PM
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SA designs and HP books have good "How to Weld" books for around $20. And almost every community collage has classes on welding. It's a lot quicker that trying to figure it out on your own. Once you can weld it opens up a whole new world of building opportunities.
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Old 05-28-2004, 01:09 AM
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I went and picked it up lastnight. Came with everything, even about 4 pounds of sticks, not sure what kinds though. The only sticker I found on it was for S.D. Lee, ever heard of it?

Here are a couple pictures that I took with my cell phone. What do ya'll think?







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Old 05-28-2004, 01:17 AM
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Can't say I've heard of them. Looks new. When you set the lever on the front, does it have only the five positions matching the numbers? or can you set it to the marks between the numbers also?
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Old 05-28-2004, 01:34 AM
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Actually, right now it is stuck at the top, I need open it up and free it, simple fix. It moves freelly, and can be possitioned at any point. Just like one of the knobs you were talking about earlier.

The 2 plug-ins on the left are "high" & "low" plugs. The top is the High side and corresponds with the scale on the left, the bottom is the Low side and corresponds to the right scale.

I need to search online and try to find an owners manual, my uncle either lost the orriginal, or packed it up somewhere in the move, no telling.

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The fact that you fine tune the output amperage is a real plus. When you only have a few settings you have to choose between too high or too low sometimes and your welds suffer. Looks Good.
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Old 05-28-2004, 02:14 AM
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Yeah, I think I made out fairly well. Now to see how well it works....or i work with it.........

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well i'll be, it is a buzbox!
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I know this sounds dumb, but did you squeeze the bottom part of the handle up to meet the top part and see if it moves? Kinda like an old emergency brake.
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well i'll be, it is a buzbox!
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I know this sounds dumb, but did you squeeze the bottom part of the handle up to meet the top part and see if it moves? Kinda like an old emergency brake.
Yeah, I squeezed and squeezed, and jiggled and wiggled, and then got kinda turned on, so I had to leave it alone for a little while

I had moved earlier, but when I pulled it all the way to the top, it got stuck, and my uncle told me it has happened to him before, just have to open it up and free it.

A friend of mine, and another of my uncles says that S. D. Lee, is or was a subsidiary of Lincoln. If so . I am going to try and find some more info on them. I will let ya'll know what I come up with.

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"Buzz Box" welder

The Buzz Box was manufactured by Century welder. If you search century A/C arc welder you will find the pictures are identical. I am a follower of century welders, I have owned 4 different ones (2 stick and 2 mig) in the last 30 years and never had a problem with any of them. Hope this helps
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Old 06-10-2004, 08:44 AM
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AAhhhh, cool. Thanks man.

What do you think of this unit. Would being an off brand of Century be a good thing of bad thing? Are there any specific things I should keep an eye on that might go wrong?

I did get the lever to move, just gotta hold it at the right angle so the sliders don't bind.

Chris
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