What Can I Do With 4 Lincoln Hobby-Welders?

Buddy of mine works at a surplus store that purchased a bunch of Lincoln Hobby-Weld fixed 50 amp welders from an auction. Everyone they sold the units to has returned them as defective so he told me I could have them for
free. My son is a welding shop foreman and he checked them out and they all work, but not well. Running the 1/16" recommended Lincoln rod a very short bead causes all the units to stop arcing and the bead has to be restarted.
We really don't need these things so my question is can the problem be solved so I can sell them or are there any other uses these toy weldering machine could be converted to?
Thanks in advance
Jimbo
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Put them on Ebay!!
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I may be wrong and I have never sold anything on Ebay but don't you think I would get a lot of negative feed back? I'd be worried that my first sale on Ebay might be my last.
Jimbo

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What is the output voltage? Might make a really great power supply. Regulate the input with feedback from the output. Add a diode and use it for plating or rust removal? Glenn

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Then email ME, and I'll take one off your hands for just the postage ;-)
That way you will not have sold it but Donated it to a better cause ;-))
Seriously THINK about it PLEASE, I could do with one of them.
What ever all the best
Vaughn

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Not necessarily. The way to get negative feedback is to deceive your buyer. If you explain the situation up front just as you have explained it here I see no reason why anyone should complain. Start them at $1 each and include a reasonable shipping cost so the buyer knows what it will cost them up front and you may be surprised at how well they sell.
I've bought things on eBay that I knew were bad because I felt I had a reasonably good chance of either fixing it or using parts from it. In every case I got exactly what was describes so I was happy and left positive feedback.
Best Regards, Keith Marshall snipped-for-privacy@progressivelogic.com
"I'm not grown up enough to be so old!"

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Since you ARE in Canada as well, and depending where you are in Canada, I would definitely be willing to check one out and see what it can do. After all, you did get four (4) of them for free, so maybe we can work something out.
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My son says the machine are not really defective in the true sense of the word, just extremely limited in what they can do. A 50 amp fixed setting really makes them all but useless if you work with different thicknesses of metal. It's obvious to me that these things get returned because even a skilled professional welder has to play around a lot to get the arc to started and keep it running. Trying to get the machine to duplicate the type of welding the manual tells you the machine is capable of doing, would be a total waste of time, it's just not practical to expect such a small machine to do that type of work. Great for tacking etc. but that's about it.
2 of the 4 machines machines have burned and cracked electrode holders and a missing carring handle covers but if anyone wants to make me an offer the machines are located in South Western Ontario
Jimbo

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I am also in Southwestern Ontario. Just outside of Windsor, actually. I was considering buying one of those things back in the day before I got my current welder. I just got sick of Canadian Tire never having anything in stock, so I went elsewhere to get a different welder altogether. E-Mail me with what you are looking to get for one and where you are located and I am sure we can figure something out.
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"Jimbo" wrote: (clip) are there any other uses these toy weldering machine could be converted to. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Put them in a row, and arrange the connections so you can run them in parallel. This will give you four ranges, from 0 to 200 amps. (Semi-TIC)
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