I am looking at getting a welder, probably a stick since I'm on a budget. There's a listing locally for a Lincoln Century 295 arc welder for only $235, which includes a cart, rods, 100' of 220v wiring and a receptacle, helmet, gloves, etc. The guy says it is originally a $900 welder. Is this a good welder? I'd rather spend the $200 on a good used welder rather than a new one that lacks power and is going to disappoint me. Oh, and BTW I don't have a problem running a 220v line in my garage. I've tried looking for reviews on this specific welder, but I can't find anything, which makes me think it has to be at least a few years old. Not that that necessarily means anything bad though. So what do any of you think about this?
Is that a AC only rig? If so, you can get a new Lincoln 225 AC rig for that same price. The 225 AC buzz box can weld anything you need to weld on the Jeep except for thin sheet metal. An AC DC rig is much better and it can weld sheet metal better, but not great. A 295 arc is a big industrial rig. I think at that price it is a good deal, but you may want to search for a AC DC rig in the 150-225 or 160-235 range. I have the Hobart 16-235 and really like it.
BTW, if this is the rig from Northern AZ it says $100.00 worth of 220 line, not feet. In most cases with a stick it can be cheaper and easier to get longer cables than a long extension cord.
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