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Old 10-31-2005, 09:01 AM
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question about older arc welder...Miller

I have the chance to purchase an older miller thunderbolt 225 arc welder.
It comes with 35lbs of general purpose rods that have been dry stored.

asking price is 135 bucks......

My question is... do arc welders ever actually wear out???

It looks likes its in decent shape for a 20+ year old welder?

Should I buy it??

I allready have hobart 140 for thin stuff but will be doing some trailer repair this winter. I think this would work out well.

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Old 10-31-2005, 05:46 PM
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well it will strike a arch...or it won't....i would test it....or buy..with the option of return if if does not work
135.00 sounds like a far price....but 100.00 sounds better....
try buying a mig welder.....then you won't need your other welder.....
i love mine.....
heres a picture of the truck i cut into..and made a trailer....using my 220 volt mig welder....i sold my stick welder.....your pal mark
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Big, If I remember correctly that Thunderbolt is 225 AC but only 150 DC? It is a little light for a stick welder but still useful depending on what you intend to do with it. For a twenty year old welder of that capability I would think that is a bit high. JMO
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Thanks for the info guys. Its actually older than I thought. It was made on the 70's from what the guy said. I passed on it because he would not budge off his price.

I allready have a smaller Hobart 140 MIG welder that I use quite often but it is just is not strong enough for some of the stuff I need to weld unless I preheat with a torch.

Im rethinking my options now ;-)

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i have that same welder and it works awsome I would not hesitate to buy another. Better than most of the buzz box's made now.
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