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  1. #26
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    I bought my first welder in 1978 while a senior in high school. It is an old at that time A.O. Smith that looks like R2-D2 from star wars. It is a 250Amp AC only machine. It is still taking up space in the corner of the shop. I have had a lot of other machine over the years and keep trading up. My XMT-304, two Powcons and a Trailblazer 301G are the latest. The only transformer macine still in use is the old Lincold 250 with the big round crank on the face.

    Dan D.
    Manipulator Of Metal

  2. #27
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    Jan 2004
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    Houston, TX
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    Quote Originally Posted by cope View Post
    Miller Model 88 250 amp AC Stick. Made in 1962, bought it used in 1978.
    Millermatic 210 bought in 2004
    Hobart 187 bought in 2006
    Longevity 200EX bought in 2013
    Longevity 40i Plasma bought in 2013
    1980 vintage Victor O/A
    1980vintage Prestolite O/A
    Forgot about the Craftsman 2 stage O/A set and Airco (Miller) 225 amp AC that I started with in 1970. I did more work with that combo in the time I had it than with all the other machines put together. I built two trailers in my driveway in the Texas July sun with the Airco.

  3. #28
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    I've had my Forney 250 amp arc welder for 36 years. I'm sure I will die before it does!

  4. #29
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    My dad bought our Forney 225 AC arc in the mid 70's. So far I've changed a couple plugins, and the on/off switch, but it keeps on welding like a trooper. I know everyone frowns on aluminum wired machines, but it's been very dependable.
    F-225 amp Forney AC Stick
    230 amp Sears AC Stick
    Lincoln 180C MIG
    Victor Medalist 350 O/A

    Les

  5. #30
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    First welder that was mine dad bought me in 1977 for high school graduation. I have the mate to it we bought on a job in the mid 80's still works. It is a daton ac dc 250. Then I bought a 1 year old Hobart beta mig 200 in dec 93. Then about five years ago my brother bought a couple of miller cp 300 (1994) at a sale I put a wire feeder on one and it works. About a year ago I bought a lincoln dc 400 (1996) a couple of weeks ago I bought a lincoln sa 200 red face 1967-1968 all still work and I enjoy using them.
    Last edited by Weld one; 12-21-2014 at 11:22 PM.

  6. #31
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    Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    I've had my hh140 for 4 months. Love it. The tbolt and century 295...both been sweet. If I had to keep only one....the hh140 and tbolt ...ide flip a coin.
    HH 190
    Uniweld Torches
    Lincoln 225 ac-s
    Marquette Starjet torches gauges

  7. #32
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    Ontario
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    2 year old Hobart TR250HF bought in 84 with torch,foot control and spool gun. Runs like a top everyday. Second oldest is 92 Canox (rebadged Miller) 200 migmatic bought brand new and now semiretired last year to stainless only.

  8. #33
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    Feb 2014
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    Had both of my welders for over a yr now. Tack welded with the mig. Tig, stick and plasma cutter combo has never even been turned on yet. Needed a plasma cutter and like the fact of having a Tig for tubing fabrication. The plasma is for fabrication of the twin turbo setup brackets.
    Lincoln 180

    PowerPro 205S

    Dewalt chop saw

    Grinders and carbide burrs

    Rookie w/ nice toyz

  9. #34

    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    One hour... Just got my kemppi minarc 180 evo. Have unboxed it and tried some 7018 with it and it runs like a dream..
    Before i had a telwin 165 force for a year but never liked that one thats why i bought a new one...

  10. #35
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    Miller 252 new 7 years no problems

  11. #36
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    NW Washington
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    Still lovin' my '87 ClassicII after 22 years.

  12. #37
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    Got a 140 amp mig welder off the tool truck in 1987, still have it.........and few others.
    Eventual master of the obvious, practitioner of "stream of consciousness fabrication". P.S. I edit almost every post because because I'm posting from my phone and my fingers sometimes move faster than my brain.

  13. #38
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    Mar 2015
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    Escondido, CA
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    Re: How Long Have You Had Your Welder

    Ummm... I had a Lincoln tombstone ca. 1984 for a lot of years, plus a midsize Harris OA set purchased later
    Moved, now I have a little Victor HVAC OA set, a Miller 150S, and a Powcon 130 I got off CL. Next is a wireless, but I only have 110, so light stuff only. Come to think of it, I also have an old carbon arc torch, for which I don't have an AC machine at the moment. Need to move so I can get 220. Current house won't work for it. Love my toys...
    Last edited by stevencbradley; 04-15-2016 at 03:18 AM. Reason: Typo

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