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Old 06-11-2004, 06:02 PM
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is this welder any good??

the company i work for just merged with another company so there combining the two plants.well any way i was helping move there stuff down too our place and in one of the storage sheds there was a welder.on the sides of it it said "arc spot miller welder & generators",all it has is a crank style handle wheel on top of it,but it is 220v,and also found a box of welding rods..this welder has about 3 inches of dust and dirt on it,but it did fire right up..i could probably buy it cheap but i don't know what its worth,could any one tell me?i want an all purpose welder for the shop (frames,sheet metal,suspension work)..would this welder be worth trying too get?what era did they make these welders in?thanks alot for any info..joe..

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Old 06-11-2004, 07:34 PM
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Sounds like an old stick welder. If so, it will work well for heavier stuff (like 10 ga. and thicker) but won't be anygood for sheet metal. The technology is outdated with todays mig and tig welders when it comes to sheet metal.
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any one else

any one else?
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Can you get a pic of the actual welder or find a similiar pic on the net and link to it so all is clear as to what you are exactly talking about. That way it would be easier to actually determine some kind of price.

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Miller makes many styles and types of welders. Do you have a model no.? I used one of their old buzz boxes for many years. Back in the seventies, you could get one for under $200.00 new.225 amp.AC welder.
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Budget Arc Welder

Those old welders wre great, but heavy and expensive. A stick Welder
is Great for Heavy steel, a MIG welder is far more versitile, if you can only get one welder, make it a MIG if you plan to weld sheet metal. A MIG is much
better at welding heavy stock, than a Stick machine is on light stock.

The Hot Setup is both, use the MIG to tack heavy stock together,
than use the stick to burn it in. See my post on the HF welder before sending $ to China.
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It does sound like an old Stick welder, from the description. They are great for real heavy stuff, if you know how to use them. For sheetmetal they are basically useless.

If you do alot of heavy stuff, and can get it REAL CHEAP, it might not be bad to have. On the other hand, the rods have to be kept in a dry location, as they will absorb moisture. Everytime you go to use it, you will have to get new rods. They are also so specific, as you need different rods for different types of jobs.

I have a Lincoln stick welder. It is in my storage shed, out of my way. It seemed like it was always in the way, and never used. Been tempted to give the darn thing away, just to get rid of it.

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I bought one like that at a garage sale for $75...............offer them $50

I use mine for heavier welding.
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The advise may be good but I think it is a little LATE maybe?
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Old 11-23-2006, 07:40 AM
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Red.... I guess you're probably right. It's amazing how many times these old posts are brought back up. I forget to check the dates on the original posts sometimes. LOL

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This one has a few cob-webs that's for sure, about 2 1/2 year's worth. I would like to see some kind of warning on posts that are older than a few weeks anyway so maybe relics like this would not get dug up so often.
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