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Old 09-18-2011, 12:54:51 AM
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what weak points do these old machines have and would one be worth $200 ?

what do you think of those machines ?

i own 5 lincoln SA 200s

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here is one as an example

http://ebay.com/itm/140606925081
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well just my two cents. if you looking to buy one like this i would be careful because it doesnt run and you can never know for sure the windings in the welder end not bad or going to the dogs. another fun thing is parts. it could be very expensive to get certain parts for this unit. also if the windings are bad and you have to rewind the unit that will mostly be a few hundred to a thousand depending on who you take it to and extent of the job. If it were me and looking i would find one close to home and i would ask to check it over with a fine tooth comb because then you can be more sure of your purchase. I have bought many engines and restore electric fans and i know how much a small electric fan motor cost to restore in my area ( usually some where in the few hundred dollar range) and parts for these old electrical units are usually tough or hard to modify to make work.
i guess in the end it all comes down to how much money are you willing to sink into it.
i always tell myself what does boat mean each time i buy a project

hope this helps some i would also expect if your interested in this unit that you probably will be tearing apart the welder end to clean all connections and such.
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I have one that I stopped using because of the amount of gas it used. About 4 gal an hour.
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[QUOTE=cub102;684141]what weak points do these old machines have and would one be worth $200 ?

I own 15 Lincoln SA200's... mostly short hoods.

The weak point in a Hobart gas drive welder is the governor. If the engine speed varies, the least little bit, then the arc characteristic changes.


Today, a Hobart would be worth 12 cents / pound. Delivered to the scrap yard.
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I own a 62 year old Hobart portable that I wouldn't be scarred to fire up and go on a years job with. Served me well for about 40 years now.
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I would not buy, sight unseen. Go physically look at it, and see what kind of shape it is in. You want to check for oil leaks, maintainance records (if any), general condition of the machine (clean, used, dirty as used condition, just cleaned, not running (red flag), runs, but doesn't make power, or runs/welds good) Condition is everything. if at least the engine runs well, you have a resaleable item. If the unit does not run, then you will have expenses. Could be a cheap fix, like a clean up and fresh gas, maybe points and condenser, could be a complete engine overhaul, costing big bucks! same with the gen end. Could be simply a brush'armatire clean up to a complete rewire job. Controls are also an issue, on a non generating unit - are the reostats in good order? Do the welding voltages and current controls work? I had an old Hobart, that the voltage reostat failed on. Cost me $270 to replace, as mice had eaten the wiring off the back of it. Buyer beware!
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I have one that I stopped using because of the amount of gas it used. About 4 gal an hour.
You got that right, the Chyrsler Indusrial is a thirsty beast.
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