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Lincoln ac225



C21impulse
05-12-2013, 05:54 PM
Are the Lincoln ac 225s any good? What are they capable of? I'm new to welding and looking for my first machine

Gadget
05-12-2013, 08:36 PM
They are a good stick welder but there are times you might want want DC. They are also power hungry since they are transformer machines. Of course you can probably find one cheap which would offset the power consumption.

C21impulse
05-12-2013, 08:55 PM
Well what would be a good machine that's cost friendly under 1000$ and will weld some pretty thick stuff

Gadget
05-13-2013, 05:43 AM
The 225 you mentioned will do a good job if you are only needing to stick weld and won't be running the unit all day. For occasional projects the power cost won't be that big of a factor. If you want a DC stick welder the Stickweld 250 would be a good unit. If you want to weld AL and other metals you should look into TIG or MIG.

WookieWelding
05-14-2013, 02:51 AM
i would pick up the stickweld 250

C21impulse
05-14-2013, 05:44 AM
I've found a older century 230 ac with leads for 100$ is that worth it or should I steer away? I've decided not to spend as much on one now cause I have access to a mm211 but am planning on getting something I don't have to borrow for now while saving for a nicer machine

Gadget
05-14-2013, 05:53 AM
I sold my Lincoln 225 AC about three years ago for $75. so the price sounds fair. I have no experience with Century welders though so I can't advise on how good they are. Do you have an outlet for it? I ask because from what I read, you can wire the Stickweld for 110v if needed.

C21impulse
05-14-2013, 08:41 AM
Yes I have a 220 outlet. Everything I've seen on it so far seems to be decent or good reviews for what it is. As for now I just need something to play with until I can afford a nicer machine, the thickest ill be welding might be at the most 1/4" , just for building tool cabinets, shelves and small things maybe a table for a vise.