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Unread 09-19-2011, 11:04 AM   #1
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Insight to this welder

Is anyone familiar with this welder? It's still brand new. My dad had bought it either from Northern Hyd. or Harbor Fr. back in the 90's, and never used it. I'm curious as to the quality of this unit, as I've never stick welded in my life. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks


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Unread 09-19-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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looks like a good machine, AC/DC with DC reverse... you can weld just about anything. ive never seen lead connections like that though... looks like a plug for a guitar amp
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Unread 09-19-2011, 12:46 PM   #3
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Yes similar but just a blunt copper tip that pushes in I believe. I've seen them but never attached them.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 11:21 PM   #4
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if you have the leads and a 220V socket, you should try hooking it up and see what it can do... i mean whats the worst that can happen? do you have any experience with welding?
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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:10 AM   #5
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the lead connections look like the ones on my old craftsman welder
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Thing looks just like my first welder which was a Century who is made by Lincoln.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 10:33 AM   #7
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That is nick-named a buzz box. It basically is a transformer. It will work very well for you but the skill needed is a lot higher than with mig. The only way to get good is with practice,practice, and tons more practice. Start with 100 amps and a 3/32 6013 welding rod. Get some scrap metal, grind it shiny clean and give it a shot. Wear safety glasses under your helmet because the slag needs to be chipped off the weld to inspect its quaility. Having someone give a lesson or two is a great help. Use it on the DC connections with the stinger positive,electrode and have fun.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 11:46 AM   #8
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Ain't much you can't do with that except thin sheet metal. Looks great. Sears sold those for years. Very reliable. I'm not sure who built them, but don't think it was Lincoln. I've used Lincolns for over 40 years and ain't seen one like that.

You want to use 7018 rod in 3/32" and master that. If you go to the big box store like Home Depot they sell 7018 AC, but you want the straight 7018. The 6011 and 6013 is okay for dirty metal, but does not lay down a real great bead like 7018. Keep it dry and buy in small amounts.

And I wager welding 3/32" 7018 your duty cycle is going to be really good. You can probably weld continuously all day long.

You can weld some heavy iron with that sucker. Once you go below 16 ga you will have some issues.
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It's possible he did buy it at Sear's. I swear the man had stock in Sear's/Craftsman! It's good to hear you guy's assessment of it and I appreciate the rod advice. I don't know squat about stick welding but I figured all the rods he had laying around were probably no good anymore (they aren't in sealed containers). I won't be welding with it, at least not just yet, but I might have a guy come over and do some welding for me, so he could use it.
I have an Easy MIG welder he got from either HF or Northern Tool, that works good for sheet metal. There's only 2 settings, high or low, which I believe are 65 & 45 amps.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 09:27 AM   #10
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Many will say stick welding is hard. I learned on stick back around the time we put a man on the moon and I find it easy. I do weld mig now and it is also a great way to go.
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