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Lincoln Lincwelder 225


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Old 07-07-2007, 09:57:11 PM
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Default Lincoln Lincwelder 225

I've been given the opportunity to buy a Lincoln Lincwelder 225 for $40.00. I looked at it today and it is whole and looks to be a viable machine. My question is does anyone know when they built these machines? I have seen reference to them going back to the '40s through 1970. I'm not sure if it is wise to try to refurb a 1940's welder. Does the shellac winding insulation goe bad? Is the armature on the generator part carry risk because of age? Thanks for any input. Scott
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:13:20 PM
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For $40- how the hell can you go wrong if it runs & generates.

Look over the commutator end for broken varnish and lashing before you start it. Check the windings and wiring for shorts to ground too.

Then start it and see what you have.

There are one hell of a lot of lincolns built in the 40s still running and making money for their owners. Those machines were built by craftsmen who could and did make more money per week than some doctors. James T Lincoln put the responsibility for quality on the man who built the machine, and till 20 years ago every machine could be traced back to the man who built it.
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Thanks Franz, I am into old machines but I wasn't sure if this was a waste of effort. I have a Lincoln mig welder that I love but I want to stick weld also. You have been a big help. Scott
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Old 07-08-2007, 01:39:02 AM
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You may actually be able to get a lot of info on the machine at www.lincolnelectric.com but you'll need the nameplate numbers.
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Default Re: Lincoln Lincwelder 225

I was given a 225 AC by a close friend that was like a Grandfather to me. I rebuilt the welder and called Lincoln with a few questions on it and the man put me on hold and came back and told me that he went to go check the parts on the machine that I had and he had three new face plates left for my model and I bought one and it was $14.00 plus shipping. I was amazed that he remembered seeing it on the shelf and that they even had one for an early 1960’s vintage machine. It was nice to replace the faceplate because now it looks similar to when it was a new machine. The man was also very knowledgeable about Lincoln welders and answered all of my questions leaving me with a good feeling about what brand welder I would purchase next time. I have used this machine a lot and am very pleased with it. The man that gave it to me used it for decades on his farm and was pleased with it also. I do not think you will go wrong with an AC machine for $40.00, but please remember that it is not a DC machine and there will be times that you might wish that you had one.

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Hi Jeff, I'm a little confused now. It says on the faceplate that it is a DC welder with AC outlets. I got it running and it is putting out ac to the outlets but it has 32 voltsDC to the output pins for my leads. This is too high I believe but I haven't had a chance to look into why it is so high. I believe it should be about 14v-15v DC.
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That should have been 14v-25v DC
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:45:14 AM
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Read the arc voltage with the machine actually burning a rod.

Open circuit voltages mean nothing on the arc side.
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Hey Franz, thanks for the advice on going for this welder. I cleaned the fuel pump and carb and drained the old gas. I cranked it up tonight and it ran smooth. It also welds. I used a 30 year old stick but it still struck an arc and welded. Scott
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Default Re: Lincoln Lincwelder 225

Heck, for $40.00 bucks if it don't work, sell the copper for scrap. Should easily get your money back.
A buddy of mine has an old Lincoln, I mean old, and it burns a fine bead.
I personally would rather have an old school, quality made in the U.S.A. piece of equipment than the stuff out there today.
God Bless America!
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Default Re: Lincoln Lincwelder 225

I just bought one of these welders myself and I need some help. It seems to run and weld very well, but my ac plugs only show 20-30 Volts at high rpm. It also has the setup for two batteries but all the wiring is screwed up and I need a diagram to help me run new wires. The diagram is gone off the inside of the hood where is should be.

Any input is greatly appreciated.

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