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Re: I think I need a new welder

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Stan in Oly, WA

07-05-2013 10:27:18

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Hi 36 coupe,

AC or AC/DC?

In 1964 I had what was considered a decent job for a high school student---box boy in a supermarket making around $2 an hour. Today, the minimum wage in this state is more than 4 times that, but a Lincoln 225 AC is only about 3 times what you paid that year. So things are getting cheaper. Of course, gas now costs about 15 times as much as it did then, and houses cost about 25 times as much, so you've got to pick your bargains.


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36 coupe

07-05-2013 23:07:17

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 Re: I think I need a new welder in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 07-05-2013 10:27:18  
It was just AC, delivered to my door.I bought a 50 lb box of 1/8 rod for 9 bucks.In any case a 93.00 selling price was too low to use copper windings.There was a 180 amp welder made by Lincoln that drew just 37.5 amps at full output.It must have had power factor capacitors to keep input current that low.I have done minor repair work on small welders and never saw any copper wire in the main windings.

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