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Got a used welder: now what?
« on: March 24, 2006, 09:15:27 PM »
Well, I have once again picked up something that I know very little about.  I bought a used welder.  I hope I did OK, I bought it without seeing it and had a friend pick it up.  It is pretty rusty.  It looks to have new cables, but the power cord is a dryer cord :o

I was told that everything worked.  I'll find out tomorrow after I add the new wiring.  I am also adding the correct cord rated for 50 amps and getting rid of the dryer cord.  Is there anything I should look for inside the welder while I am in there replacing the wire?  I don't want to flip the switch and get a jolt :o

Because it is wired with a dryer cord, I am a bit leary of the welder in general.  Should I be overly concerned about this?

Lucas 618  Mahindra 4110, FEL and pallet forks, some cant hooks, and a dose of want-to

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Re: Got a used welder: now what?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2006, 09:19:24 PM »
If the guy who owned it is any thing like me, a dryer cord was all he had to get by with.Then when it worked, "temporary" is in the eye of the beholder. I'll bet its fine and you snagged a deal .
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2006, 09:22:29 PM »
I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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Re: Got a used welder: now what?
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2006, 09:23:59 PM »
Do what I do, call your brother-in-law over to try it out !
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Re: Got a used welder: now what?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2006, 08:12:36 AM »
What kind of welder is it, Mike?

Just look around for any signs of damage or deterioration inside. If nothing looks burned, it's probably ok.  Just clean it up a bit and try it out. :)
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Re: Got a used welder: now what?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2006, 11:54:02 AM »
It is an AC 225 amp Licoln.  Nothing fancy.  I aim to take it apart and rewire it shortly.  I'll make sure to blow it out and look for signs of fire!
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Re: Got a used welder: now what?
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2006, 11:55:24 AM »
There was nothing wrong in using a dryer cord to run the welder. Most AC welder require less than 50 amps input and that is what a dryer cord is rated at.

What make and model is the welder?

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Re: Got a used welder: now what?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2006, 01:19:53 PM »
Hallo brdmkr
Do you know that there are AC electrodes that give almost the same strength as DC electrodes?
I do not know which makers that sell over there but ELGA P51 and ESAB 48-15 are two excamples. They are difficult to weld with. Ordinary AC electrodes are brittle when cold which means almost useless in our climate but they are easy to weld with.
I am a complete amateur that learned to weld last spring but I did some research on electrodes before starting to build the log lift that was discussed on this forum.



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Re: Got a used welder: now what?
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2006, 05:52:59 PM »
D. Fredrick

Thanks for filling me in on the dryer cord.  I am going to put it back on the welder, but with the correct outlet.  I removed the wire and replaced it with 6 ga.  That seems to be just too heavy.  So, I'll cut the plug off of the dryer cord and replace it with the welder plug. 

The welder is a Lincoln.
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2006, 08:36:51 PM »
I like 7018AC rods for AC just like the DC version but different flux coating. They run great on AC.
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