Russian Welder?

Hi,
I'm going to take a look at this "Russian Built" MIG welder tomorrow.
A fellow here in town got a close-out deal on several and now he is
unloading them. 200 amp max. 80-amp continuous. From the size of it
it and it's weight (70lbs?) it looks like it could be an inverter
type of unit. I duno...
I was hoping somebody here might be familiar with this make because I
cannot find anything else out about it. I'm told that it looks very
well made-- much better than any made in china units-- and that the
price is about one-fourth of what a comparable Miller or Lincoln unit
would be. I'm buying it for only occasional use (and I'm not made out
of money!)
Here is a picture of it:
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Thank you in advance for any advice.
--Max
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Max Krippler
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Define "unloading".
Uh, you don't know the amperage. You don't know the power source. You can't find any information about it ...........
SLAP!
Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooo? Is anybody in there?
Steve
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Steve B
What Steve said, do not pay too much. At least not without opening it up and seeing how it is made. Make sure that it is operational.
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Ignoramus9035
ME i would gamble on it. There is always a way to make it work. Especially if it is a good deal. Don
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Don
Yes he does.
In my experience with Russian-made items, I've found them in general to be cheap, sturdy and ugly. Wich is good. P.S. (not so serious): First time you mentioned the russian MIG, I was thinking a MIG 21 or 29, heheh..
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Ioan Barladeanu
my experience as well. but it has to be cheap in the first place.
i
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Ignoramus9035
Maybe for a bridge.
Reply to
Cydrome Leader
Yep. And if it don't, it sounds like the weight would make it a good boat anchor. Does your city have an outlet that sells consumables for a Russian MIG?
Welder that is.
Steve
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Steve B
I have seen that welder before can't seem to place it but its an inport that is not real expensive.
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wayne mak
heres one
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wayne mak
Ok far to many posts from me on this, but take a look at sold items for this, walk away from the deal and wait for a real machine. If you are looking for a baby mig I think the world of my Lincoln weldpak 155, I paid $200 used 4 years ago and its still a great machine. It has about the same ratings as the welder you are looking at and I can get parts from the autoparts store, welding supply store, hardware store and even HD.
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wayne mak
Id swear Ive seen that at Harbor Freight, though it doesnt show up on their website.
However..they are all over ebay....
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Gunner
"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." - Proverbs 22:3
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Gunner
From Ebay auction of these...
200 AMP MIG WELDER 17345
30 to 200 amp welding range
Welds 24 gauge and thicker
40% duty cycle @ 150 amps
11-3/4''diameter spool; 220VAC, 60Hz; Output power: 200 amps AC; Welding current: 30 to 200 amps; Capacity: 24 guage and thicker; Duty cycle: 100% @ 120 amps, 40% @ 150 amps, 20-25% @ 200 amps;Overall dimensions: 27-3/4'' x 25-3/4'' x 10-1/2'',
Gunner
"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." - Proverbs 22:3
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Gunner
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"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." - Proverbs 22:3
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Gunner
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I've seen it there as well. I know the New Hartford store had one on the shelf last week. Didn't look to bad but I didn't tear it apart and see how it was built. I do know it had a crappy gun on it.
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Steve W.
Just a thought:
When buying a welder, think of it as a car.
Will it start and run every time I need it?
Will it quit half way to where I am going?
Will I be able to get the spare parts to keep it going?
That's the main difference between a good car/welder and a bad one. One runs almost all the time. The other one sits around a lot on blocks or on a shelf.
Just a thought.
You get what you pay for. Cheap ain't good and good ain't cheap.
YMMV.
STeve
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Steve B
For that size it looks like it will be an inverter. Persnonally, I would not touch an inverter that I did not know where to buy replacement internals.
Max Krippler wrote:
Reply to
RoyJ
Thank you all for the advice. I'll take a pass on the thing. He wanted $450, but after looking at how many sold on eBay for less than $300-- that plus the fact that even Harbor Freight has discontinued them (!!!) tells me a lot about this welder.
On another subject, what amperage MIG would I want to weld .250" aluminum plate?
Thanks, --Max
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Max Krippler
I stopped at Horrible Freight today, same welder was sitting promently by the front door for $245
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