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Century AC/DC welder

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Posted by rossow (mn) on September 15, 2012 at 07:42:47 from (

Anyone out there have hands-on experience (not just hearsay, "Oh, they"re crap") with the Century 230-amp AC/ 140 amp DC welder? I know they"re not a top-line brand, but Century has been around for a long time so must have some merit. I already have two Lincoln 225 AC tombstones, a Lincoln argon-shielded mig, and oxy-acetylene, so I"m not desperate for a welder, but I"d like to experiment with the DC capability my other welders lack, and I really don"t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a seldom-used machine. I"m looking at one an acquaintance might part with. He"s had it since around 2000 for home use only; he bought it but found he seldom uses it because he has access to a welder at work. It looks and sounds about as good as a 12-year-old welder could be-- seems practically new, right down to the owner"s manual. It has no rust or dents and only a few light scratches on the paint. The various labels are all like new. The cables are complete, uncracked, unburnt. I have little idea about value, nor does he seem to know what he would have to have. So two questions: (1) Is it worth getting at a decent price for very infrequent home use, and, if so, (2) what might be a fair price for a very clean but second-tier welder such as a Century? Would an offer of $100 be reasonable? Excessive? Insulting? I"ll appreciate any experienced advice you may offer. Thank you.


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