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Lincoln ac225s-or-vintage 20th Century dial amps?


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Old 01-05-2015, 04:16:05 PM
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Default Lincoln ac225s-or-vintage 20th Century dial amps?

I have 2 ac welders sitting on my floor (and a linde migmaster 160) I wanted a idealarc but all above my affordability so going to sell one of these ac welders and save up from there. I'm lost to which one to sell? The Lincoln ac225s is good shape and works good. as you know has certain ranges s which are mostly good for almost anything. NOW.. The other welder is a vintage 'twentieth Century' that has all copper winding verses the aluminum in Lincoln (not big deal but..) also the Century has adjustable dial to set at any desired amp up too 180. It too is in real good shape except the real long leads are cracked in few places and the plug cord must be 6ga as very thick. - If my intention is too get a Idealarc 250 ac/dc down the road which welder would you keep for now?
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I am spoiled because i have an old arc welder and it is all copper windings i say go with that one as unless you get into high amps that my opinion would be good enough. Why do you need the dc side of arc welding i find most what i do i can buy for my ac only unit. Anything i need dc or small jobs i guess i would buy a tig welder
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thanls Ehpower2.. I'll keep that in mind. I do have a mig for what you said- so might just do that. I just like the robust of the Idealarc.. But then I don't do a lot of welding.
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In my experience with my welder (mine was built in the 60's) all those parts are things you can get off the shelf. Plugs and leads are easily replaceable and my guess is that dial will be much better control versus the ideal arc because i have used them and they really can be touchy controlling the heat. Also that copper you will never break even if you are hard on it as many of the ones i have used they use massive gauge windings in that transformer. Hope this helps
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