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    Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    Look what followed me home
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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    Nice, I had one follow me home last month, but I have been so busy I haven't even had a chance to plug it in and get it set up to work.
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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    that looks in pretty good condition, one followed me home years ago with a tig setup on it, it came out of a school when they upgraded to more modern welders....does that one need any repair or just a clean up and ready to go?

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    This one came from a college (ABAC in Tifton , GA) and I haven’t plugged it in yet. I know the indicator arrow is not working.

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    Nice machine. Sure wish the one that followed me home had the high frequency box that was on it before I found it. I've only used a handful of stick welders and this one made all others feel like wanna be welder toys.

    I dont get to use it much either it just sits in the garage waiting to be used.

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    I am just a hobby welder fixing stuff for myself on the farm. This is an older Idealarc with the transformer bolted to the floor pan and has the AC in the middle position, no PF capacitors. Not looking to restore it just clean it up, lube and use. Couldn't pass it up for $30.16 and a 1 1/2 hour one way ride. They even loaded it on my trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jones6780 View Post
    I am just a hobby welder fixing stuff for myself on the farm. This is an older Idealarc with the transformer bolted to the floor pan and has the AC in the middle position, no PF capacitors. Not looking to restore it just clean it up, lube and use. Couldn't pass it up for $30.16 and a 1 1/2 hour one way ride. They even loaded it on my trailer.
    better call the police for that robbery that just occurred.....the copper alone in it if doesnt work is worth more..thats a great find for 10x that price...

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    I use mine atleast a couple times per week and sometimes more.
    Iíve also got a scratch start tig set up for it for dc tig use.
    I have thought about the HF box in the past but gave up on that idea as you still donít have remote amp control with that set up.
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    i had a couple of those machines in my shop and they took a lot of abuse. one of them was left outside all summer in the sun and rain and the other was bounced down a half flight of stairs by careless convict labor. except for some bent sheet metal both were working great when i left. for the price the op paid he'd better be first on line at the confessional this saturday.
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    Or buying a couple lottery tickets.
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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    thats a great find for 10x that price
    I thought I got a deal at $250...LOL I would have taken every one that they could fit in the truck for that price.
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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    There is another one with a $50 bid, same school

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    Quote Originally Posted by jones6780 View Post
    There is another one with a $50 bid, same school
    the commute would kill the price..lol..

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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    Quote Originally Posted by jones6780 View Post
    This one came from a college (ABAC in Tifton , GA) and I haven’t plugged it in yet. I know the indicator arrow is not working.
    Hey, in Keith Rucker's backyard!

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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    I picked up this one a couple years ago. I love it - welds smooth as silk.
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    I had to have an intervention on the Roundtop's. It was getting hard sneaking them in after dark so the wife wouldn't see.........another one. I love them, but seriously I had to stop.
    "You can't out puke a buzzard"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipeliner View Post
    I had to have an intervention on the Roundtop's. It was getting hard sneaking them in after dark so the wife wouldn't see.........another one. I love them, but seriously I had to stop.
    Your getting these for less $$$$ than what some ladies pay for shoes and purses.

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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    What can anyone tell me about these round tops with the AC in the middle selector position? What vintage are they? And is there anything to be aware of with them? I've seen some that have capacitors. I presume any of those probably would have bad caps by now, if they do have caps.

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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFishn View Post
    What can anyone tell me about these round tops with the AC in the middle selector position? What vintage are they? And is there anything to be aware of with them? I've seen some that have capacitors. I presume any of those probably would have bad caps by now, if they do have caps.
    The older style polarity switch you describe was used up through the early 70's. If you have serial number off the faceplate we can determine exact age.
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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    How tall do the welders sit? The one I'm looking at is on a 3 wheel cart. I'm thinking of getting it (asking price is $100, but guy can't plug it in to test - supposed to work and is in good shape from what I can see, surface rust but no dents/bent metal, cables, clamp, stinger appear in great shape). Not sure 2 guys can lift it to get on to my truck bed. I have a hoist idea with a winch and ladders - but if the welder sits too high I won't be able to get it in to the bed as I have a fiberglass cap on the bed (mid-height, but still - height limitation).

    Not sure on the SN.

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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    Mine measures 39" to top of lift loop. It's on a 4 wheel newer style running gear.
    For a $100 I'd figure out a way to drag it home.
    Lay it on it's back? Load with appliance hand trucks or ramp.
    Good luck they are heavy but as others have said are great welders.

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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    There is an AC only unit listed on Sac CL for $100 w/o leads I passed on for $50.00. I offered $30 they countered $50 & I passed.
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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    Quote Originally Posted by KC51 View Post
    Mine measures 39" to top of lift loop. It's on a 4 wheel newer style running gear.
    For a $100 I'd figure out a way to drag it home.
    Lay it on it's back? Load with appliance hand trucks or ramp.
    Good luck they are heavy but as others have said are great welders.

    Yeah I thought about the tipping over idea. However, the hoisting point is from the top and I am thinking at that weight if I pull it off the cart and lay it over then throw a sling around it the weight of the unit will collapse the housing during the lift. Thats the last thing I want to do.

    If the welder will lay over OK without damaging the housing I suppose I could lay it over on to a platform then use that as the hoisting point. That way the platform spreads the load out and the pressure on the slings can't cinch down on the housing (which is what my fear of collapsing the housing comes from).

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    Re: Round top Idealarc 250 AC/DC

    I assume the current adjustment is a variac of sorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFishn View Post
    Not sure 2 guys can lift it to get on to my truck bed.
    The welder alone weighs 360lbs. Cart adds at least another 70ish. I've done 3.5 men to load one and do not recommend it.
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