I've priced the Lincoln AC/DC-225/125 Stick Welder on the net and found prices from about $403 to $438 plus possibly shipping and/or tax added to that. I found a "used" one for $275 cash and carry.
The fellow says he bought it about two years ago for $400 plus tax and thought he'd use it on the farm much more than he has -- every time something breaks down it's out in the field and the leads don't reach. So he has decided to sell it.
It has basically no extras with it - 15-20 feet leads, manual, flip down hood and gloves - but APPEARS to be in new condition. He said he used it for just a couple of projects and doesn't use it enough to keep it around.
Question: How do I go about testing this welder to be sure he hasn't hurt it by not providing enough current to it -- if this is possible? I think the manual says provide a 50 amp circuit and he only has a # 10 wire run to it - for about 75 to 100 feet.
Is it possible it was damaged internally by not providing enough current capacity to it?
Exceeding the duty cycle rating?
What should I look for and how could I test this out? I'm not a welder but did burn a few rods years ago.
He said he'd hold it for me. Should I take a welder with me when I go to check it out and pick it up? I looked at it before but didn't try to weld with it. We didn't get together on the price and he thought he had someone else willing to pay his asking price. My offer, at the time, might have been a bit low ($235) but I hadn't checked on the net to see what they were going for.
Any pointers and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.