I fired up the stick welding side of that Lincoln I brought home, today. Ive not got an argon bottle or a pump running yets, so havent been able to fire up the Tig.
First thing I noticed about the stick welding arc on this machine..is it feels really really harsh. The Dialarc 250 has a much smoother arc in any mode, AC or DC and its easier to establish an arc and keep it going smoothly.
This Lincoln seems like its running at much higher heat, from the sound and ;ook of the arc puddle, and the force of the arc, but welds no better or worse a bead than the Dialarc. The arc diameter seems to be far smaller as well, which is wierd. I was burning some 1/8" rod and it burned a bead like 3/32" would on a straight pass. I found this most odd..... lots of sound and fury, but a pretty small bead.
Is this something unique to this machine, a combination of reactor etc etc that makes the arc really harsh?
Its hard for me to explain what I mean by "harsh"..more violent and stiff an arc..where other machines Ive used give a nice frying bacon noise, a nice smooth arc with minumum amounts of flying crap, less under cutting and so forth.
The machine is entirely usable, but this one will take more getting used to, than about any other stick welder that Ive used over the years.
Does anyone have a link to a manual to this machine? I cannot for the life of me figure out which one it is on the Lincoln website
The data plate says Tig 250/250 with a code of 8809
Serial Number AC-U1921105578
I repainted it back to the original Candy Apple Red from the latex off white someone had painted it and have built a table that bolts to cart and covers the top of the machine all the way back to the bottle holder and has lead holders on one side and tig holder on the other, with filler rod tubes on it as well. Ill post some pictures later in the weekend when I have all the bells and whistles finished up. Im trying to design pull handle that either folds away, or is quickly removable, just to get it out of the way.
A guy gave me some spun aluminum CO2 bottles that at one time or another belonged to a soft drink supplier (no longer listed in the phone book) and have manufacturing date codes of 1987 and 1989 stamped into them, but no later testing dates. Are these doorstops?
A band around them indicate that they were Deposit bottles. Whats the ramifications of this?
Next question..the Spark Switch. Is this only for use with TIG? It pops my 60 amp breaker if its turned on and I strike an arc with the stick.
I had 90' of lead, so cut it 35' for ground clamp and the rest is connected to a "Short Sub" stinger that Ive had around. Is this too much lead for this machine?
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