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Old 02-18-2019, 09:05 PM
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Going to be clearing my dad's tools out as he passed last September. Someone, here, will know about the Forney machines from around 1950. AC only and has been reliable. Iha ea few spare parts as well.

I'm going to offer it to a friend for $50. Too high? Too low? What's your opinion on these old girls?
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:55 PM
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I think $50 for a working arc welder is fair. Unless it is unsafe to use... Pull the cover and look at the windings and such. The leads could be worth more than $50 in scrap, depending on how long they are. And all those copper coils. I've seen scrappers pay far more than an old welder is worth (to me) at auction mainly because they knew the ol' boy was full of copper. PS: I mean "ol' girl"...

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Old 02-18-2019, 10:59 PM
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It is worth a little more than $50 around here, but if it is a friend, so be it.

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Old 02-18-2019, 11:04 PM
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If its a friend I would give it to him, someday you will get a payback, thats how things work around here, 50 bucks won't hardly get out of Mcdonalds these days.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:21 PM
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I never had anything to do with a Forney that old but I did use some that were from the sixties. They were heavy, solid machines. Nothing fancy but you couldn't kill them either. As has been said, if it's safe it's definitely worth fifty bucks. And yeah, there's almost certainly more than 50 dollars worth of copper in the thing...

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Old 02-19-2019, 08:52 AM
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I see lots of old Forney welders at auction sales,most are so beat up and worn its just trash..
yours could hold some sentimental value as it was your Dad's..
FWIW I'd keep it in the back room if it still works,might be kinda neat to lay down some beads with it one day..probably worth no more than $50.
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