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Welder Experts: Buy or runaway???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AZ79K5Project, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. AZ79K5Project

    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    I have a lead on an old Midstates 220V welder. This thing is a MIG and stick welder. :woot:It is just smaller than a VW bus. It certainly is not portable. It is on a 4 wheel dolly. The guy says it takes 4 people to lift into a truck and he will deliver it. I don't have a lot of info relating to power duty cycle or model number.

    It comes with both sets of wires (MIG and stick), regulator and hosing. No tank. The owner is asking $300. The wires are in fair shape but will need replacing in the future. The gas line is new and some of the wire feed components have been replaced.

    I just bought another K5. I am planning on custom skid plates, custom dash for gauges, tube bumpers with winch mounting and when my skill is there, a full roll cage. I plan on building up this 79K5 over the next few years.

    I have read everyone's veiw of the Miller 175 and I would love that, but this price has me considering it.

    What is the consensus? Is this a good price? What should I be checking for? Any words of caution?:dunno:
     
  2. walla2k5

    walla2k5 1/2 ton status

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    How old??? Can you still get parts?? When this thing fires up,will it dim the lights in the neighborhood?? It sounds huge...:eek1:
     
  3. midnitewarya

    midnitewarya Sounds like a problem for future me. Premium Member

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    I'd pass on it. Newer 220v's are much more portable, and by the tiume you got that thing working the way you want it, you could have bought a Lincoln 175. :D

    Al
     
  4. camiswelding

    camiswelding 1/2 ton status

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    no parts .... forget it...

    try for a small 220v machine,,, miller or lincoln,,, youll save in the long run
     
  5. AZ79K5Project

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    Thanks for the assistance. Miller 175 it shall be.
     
  6. goldwing2000

    goldwing2000 Guest

    Also keep in mind that you can get a brand new 220v stick welder for $200.
    Get a mig for small stuff and a stick for big stuff and then you can weld just about anything!
     
  7. Propayne

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    how old is that thing? it sounds ancient. our School MIGs are about 3 feet high and 4 feet wide and can be picked up by two people.





    might as well get the lincoln 175
     

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