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Vintage Lincwelder 180amp vs Hobart 110v Ideas, opinions, etc wanted

so, this baby (Lincoln) looks like a 'survivor', basically mint other than a minor cleanup.






much better than this other one I've found online...



Anyways, the 'one I've found online' which I assume to be the same 'code' is...
Serial: 4283487
Code: 1402
link to other welder info... if you're interested.

So, the things I'm interested in are...
is this an AC or a DC welder? I'm told that DC welders are easier to strike an arc and lay a better bead compared to AC units. Is there a way to use this as a generator (granted I wouldn't expect it to put out 'clean' electric to run a computer on, but if it keeps the fridge going during a power outage, good enough for me.)

I'm also considering a Hobart 125EZ (I think that's the right model... flux core wire feed welder, their entry level one on their website. No provisions for shielding gas) at the pawn shop for $225. Looks to be in good shape, and being made here in the USA doesn't hurt. It does run off 110, so I wonder if it's any good for much more than exhaust tubing and spot/stitch welds.

How thin of metal have you guys 'stick' welded? I don't plan on pop cans, but new floors for my Jeep are in the plans for this, and frame repair for a vintage Allis Chalmers garden tractor (model B10)

Yup, I am biased toward the Lincoln, since I have an interest in 'all things motor', so having a wisconsin engine has my interest here... simple 'ol brutes. Gotta love oil bath air cleaners, too. Good stuff so many people of my generation (I'm 26) are too young to have experienced. The Hobart is a lot smaller, no storage problems (I'll probably store the Lincoln in Grandpa's barn amongst countless IH/Farmall tractors/parts until I can build a trailer for it and a secure cover (so the trailer can sit outside, and the welder is secure from the elements).

Well, any input, any ideas of offers I should make, let me know.
Matt
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