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    Been purging things recently, and the barter thread has me looking at my collection of welders. Got an old Century 250a DC / 295a AC buzz box sitting here that came with a house I flipped ages ago. Works fine, but I also have a nice Everlast inverter TIG that will do 200a AC/DC stick.

    Given I never do thick material (or stick, to be honest), any compelling reason to keep the buzzbox? Guessing no, as I've not touched it in almost a decade.
    Last edited by AWS; 05-22-2020, 09:09 PM.

  • #2
    I think you answered your own question !

    TX
    Mr fixit for the family
    Chris

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    • #3
      Yeah, I think I did. Was more a sanity check before pitching it to FB/CL.

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      • #4
        AWS,

        You might try and find the nearest young fella that is into the hobby and gift it to him as a starter machine. If I had someone offer that to me in my early days, boy what a treasure it would have been, and who knows how different things would have been if I new welding at an early age.
        It's not worth that much in $$ but what you might get from the receiver is worth so much more.

        Just me thinking outside of the box as I often do !

        TX
        Mr fixit for the family
        Chris

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mr Fixit View Post
          AWS,

          You might try and find the nearest young fella that is into the hobby and gift it to him as a starter machine. If I had someone offer that to me in my early days, boy what a treasure it would have been, and who knows how different things would have been if I new welding at an early age.
          It's not worth that much in $$ but what you might get from the receiver is worth so much more.

          Just me thinking outside of the box as I often do !

          TX
          Mr fixit for the family
          Chris
          Great idea! And then reward your self with some accessories or consumables for the welder that you do use.

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          • #6
            Really? AWS getting loose of a welder is like... Well, you know.. JR
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            • #7
              I'd ditch it. I got a similar machine from my MIL when my girlfriend's dad died. It was less machine than what I already had. Sat for quite a while, then I ran across a guy who had bought a 47 cfm compressor head at an auction and didn't want it. We made a trade. Now I just need to get it bolted up to my 80 gal tank. Will be a nice upgrade from my 16 cfm Ingersoll.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JRouche View Post
                Really? AWS getting loose of a welder is like... Well, you know.. JR
                All depends on what you’re offering in trade, JR. I was joking about wanting ducks, and cash is easiest for everyone.

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                • #9
                  When I first read the thread title, my thoughts were of how to rewire the machines to electrocute the operators.

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                  • #10
                    I'm kinda in the same boat, but just can't seem to bring myself to get rid of the buzz box. The only reason I have for keeping it, is that it's easy to haul outside or back to the barn and run it off a generator. Other than that my lincoln tig is the main go to power source in the shop for everything except Mig. I've also got a little 140 hobart mig I need to get rid of too after upgrading.

                    I HATE selling stuff around here. I could put that buzz box up for sale for $150 (a reasonable price around here) with a couple boxes of rods, helmet, and everything you'd need to get started welding, and there within 30 minutes 10 guys would offer me $40, an old canoe, or a 1995 indy500 sled that "ran when put away". Never fails lol. It's kinda amusing, but slightly annoying when you just want to sell something. I've got a pile of surplus tools and stuff here, but have no patience to deal with the slobbering goobers.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
                      I'm kinda in the same boat, but just can't seem to bring myself to get rid of the buzz box. The only reason I have for keeping it, is that it's easy to haul outside or back to the barn and run it off a generator. Other than that my lincoln tig is the main go to power source in the shop for everything except Mig. I've also got a little 140 hobart mig I need to get rid of too after upgrading.

                      I HATE selling stuff around here. I could put that buzz box up for sale for $150 (a reasonable price around here) with a couple boxes of rods, helmet, and everything you'd need to get started welding, and there within 30 minutes 10 guys would offer me $40, an old canoe, or a 1995 indy500 sled that "ran when put away". Never fails lol. It's kinda amusing, but slightly annoying when you just want to sell something. I've got a pile of surplus tools and stuff here, but have no patience to deal with the slobbering goobers.
                      I believe this is the reason many of us are labeled hoarders. We're pretty well all cut from the same cloth here to some extent.
                      I have literally tons of stuff I'd like to get rid off, most of it in pretty decent shape, however I just can't or just don't want to deal with all of the jerk-offs that one sets himself up for when placing an ad.
                      Guess I'll just have to wait for a friend of a friend needing something so that I can contact them. LOL
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                      • #12
                        Dan, I wish I were closer as I'd put your arm out dragging that Hobart away for that money. I'd even cuddle it while I slept in the garage after getting booted out of the marital bed.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mr Fixit View Post
                          AWS,

                          You might try and find the nearest young fella that is into the hobby and gift it to him as a starter machine. If I had someone offer that to me in my early days, boy what a treasure it would have been, and who knows how different things would have been if I new welding at an early age.
                          It's not worth that much in $$ but what you might get from the receiver is worth so much more.

                          Just me thinking outside of the box as I often do !

                          TX
                          Mr fixit for the family
                          Chris
                          That would mean the world for a young man interested in the trades.. And I bet in time it would more than pay for itself with interest. Sometimes free is the most lucrative way of selling something.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mattthemuppet View Post
                            Dan, I wish I were closer as I'd put your arm out dragging that Hobart away for that money. I'd even cuddle it while I slept in the garage after getting booted out of the marital bed.
                            Too late. My Dad just laid claim to the little Hobart. Didn't solve my space problem as I had to take his radial arm saw but at least I can stick that in the barn with the rest of the sawdust makers and get it out of my garage.

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                            • #15
                              no worries Plus you get to keep it as a back up "just in case" without having to store it, and you get a new tool. Can't beat that!

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