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Old 11-10-2009, 12:54 PM
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Hi,
I think I know the answer to my question already but I thought I would ask here. I have a Daytona Mig 180 after selling my buzzbox and not long after that saw I had made a mistake because the mig is good for most things but now and then you need something else that the stick application is best for!
So,I've been looking for another stick welder but with DC capabilities. I found the Miller dialarc 250 for $300 including the leads and it has wheels and supposedly in good shape? I don't know, suppose to go see it tomorrow. If anyone has any info on this welder I would love to hear about it,thanks!!!
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:02 PM
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Hi,
Here's a pic of a new one!
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:07 PM
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Seems they still sell for 1600+ new. I don't have personal knowledge of this model. Sounds like a good price if it works.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:28 PM
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I have one, made in the late 70s, they are a great machine, be sure its AC/DC, because they did build an AC only model at one time. Some of them have the power correction factor module built into them, which gives a lower input amp draws, when welding at higher amperages. Also check the voltage of the unit, make sure its capable to run on 230 vac single phase, as they made different models. They are a rugged, well built machine, and can last a life time. Test it before you buy it, if it works, it is easily worth $300.

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Old 11-10-2009, 04:31 PM
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If it works and is ac/dc I'd be all over it for $300.00. I bought a old Lincoln idealarc 5 or so years ago for the same price.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:40 PM
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Got a DialArc 250 earlier this year for $300. Nice unit. It would be nice to feed it with 70-100 Amps (no power factor correction), but 50A will do for a lot of stuff.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:53 PM
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A DC unit in good shape with leads for $300 is borderline theft.

I did my first paying job with a Dialarc 250 HF unit, damn nice arc.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:16 PM
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I've had a Dialarc 250P AC/DC for 25 years. It's a bulletproof welder. I think that I paid about $800 for mine w/out leads way back there.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:51 PM
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Thanks Everyone!
I was just glad when I called the seller today that the welder was still available. I saw a Lincoln AC/DC 225 Tombstone welder without leads at a flea market and almost got it but admitted to myself it wasn't what I really wanted and passed on it! Glad now I saved my money. I forgot to ask the seller how old this welder was. I didn't know at the time that they've been making this dialarc model for awhile! It will be fun to see exactly what variation of dialarc this is!
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:55 AM
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Go to Millerwelds.com, using the serial number you can get the correct owner's manual for the machine. Also on the site somewhere, is a chart showing serial numbers and approximate date of manufacture.
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