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    Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    This Idealarc 250 is for sale locally. Says it welds beautifully and comes with 100' of + and 75" negative cable. Model is 250-250, code is 9041-C, serial is AC-609568. He's asking $300. It doesn't sound like a screaming good deal, but not bad. What do you think? Not sure if I'm reading the serial number service bulletin correctly or not, but it may be 1985 or 1985?
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    Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Hard to beat that machine for that price. The lead/cables alone are worth more than what he's asking for the package.
    The age of these machines is almost kinda irrelevant. They seem to last forever.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    +1 decent deal in my book
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    If it was near me, it would be sold already. ;-)
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Yes it's an 85'. Yes it's a good deal given the amount of leads that come with it. Yes it would also be sold if it were near me. Yes it should be in the back of your truck already.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I just called and left a message with the seller. Will try to go look at it tonight.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Screaming good deal if the leads are in good shape and it works. If I didn't have one already, I would have been up there a couple days ago.

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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Buy it !


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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Oldendum was kind enough to pass that listing on to me a couple of days ago. I have one but would have bought this one also to resell if I had the time to retrieve it. (Thanks Dick). Great buy!
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    I've emailed, called and texted the seller - no response. It may be gone. I've got a MIG and TIG, so its not the end of the world. But i'm always looking to add to my home shop equipment.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Yes it's a 1985 and has power factor capacitors factory installed.
    It's a good deal, go get it!
    My partner and I buy them and have them powder coated and we clean and lubricate them. Ready for another 40 years of service!
    Here's one we have done recently


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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Wow - that's beautiful! I've still not heard anything back, but still hoping.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Hang in there.


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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Mine with original paint and just a blow out. $400 a few years ago from VA Dept of Trans.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    That's a great looking machine Jerry.
    I sold my Idealarc250 and got a Miller Dialarc 250 and had a custom aluminum tread plate hood made for it.



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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Quote Originally Posted by storeman View Post
    Mine with original paint and just a blow out. $400 a few years ago from VA Dept of Trans.
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    Wow! I got mine for $100 but it looks like hell.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Pretty machine Steve Obviously VDOT made typical govt use of mine..
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    My first was a 1975 model I got for $130 at a flea market. It had a rough life but the still usually weld good. Anything short of a direct lightning strike doesn't effect them!


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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    $300 is cheap for that machine

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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    they stick weld nice. some will same best stick welders around. maybe motor generator welder a little better
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    machine is just big and heavy. once you use a inverter at 15 to 50 lbs that you carry whole machine to where working you dont need long welding cables. 15 lb inverter welder i got came with shoulder strap. literally could climb a ladder with it on my shoulder. or easily carry one handed and put it on my car seat to take somewhere else
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    50 or 100 feet of 10ga extension cord is cheaper and a lot lighter to carry. you up 50 foot on structural steel you can have welding machine on the steel beam. no having to climb down to adjust amps
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Your 100% percent correct. They are heavy so no comparison to inverter machines. My Miller Maxstar 140STR weighs in at +/-10lbs. It runs 1/8" 7018 great. The difference I have noticed running inverter machines, the Maxstar, 210MP or my buddy's Miller 215 is they don't have the guts to long arc, you have to hold a tight arc which you should anyway.


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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    WNY TomB, but your inverter doesn't have a 100 percent duty cycle at 125 amps. This is the reason this is still the machine of choice to teach stick welding with. These things will burn 1/8 7018 non-stop. Also, ever seen anyone arc gouge with an inverter? Your little toaster might be right for you, but it's not for everyone. I have a little inverter and a big old transformer machine, both have their place.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    If you get the welder the first thing you need is to cut the castors off that cart. Those little dinky castors aren't up to moving that heavy of welder around. Even if the floor is smooth, one pebble that stops a leading wheel and its going over.

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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Unfortunately it appears to be sold. I've tried contacting the the seller multiple times, no response whatsoever. I'll keep my eyes open.
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Idealarc 250

    Quote Originally Posted by WNY_TomB View Post
    they stick weld nice. some will same best stick welders around. maybe motor generator welder a little better
    .
    machine is just big and heavy. once you use a inverter at 15 to 50 lbs that you carry whole machine to where working you dont need long welding cables. 15 lb inverter welder i got came with shoulder strap. literally could climb a ladder with it on my shoulder. or easily carry one handed and put it on my car seat to take somewhere else
    .
    50 or 100 feet of 10ga extension cord is cheaper and a lot lighter to carry. you up 50 foot on structural steel you can have welding machine on the steel beam. no having to climb down to adjust amps
    I have both transformer and inverter machines, I doubt you will see any brand inverter last 60 years plus.....both have there place for work..

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