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Old 02-06-2007, 03:16 PM
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Hi all,
I've lurked around SFT for a year or two on occasion, finally joining the party.

I'm a novice welder, looking for more equipment at the moment. Found an 'L tec' 225 amp mig at a local salvage yard for 500$.

Never heard of this brand before, anyone have any comments? I'd like to stick with big blue, or lincoln, (currently have an old Lincoln weldanpower 225 with an onan twin on it, that welds nice but is kinda noisy and the governor doesn't work all that well) but I'm looking for some cheap equipment.

I have a crappy photo I can post, if I figure out how to...

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Old 02-06-2007, 03:27 PM
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I believe L-tec is the same as ESAB. I ran one of the units your looking at , I liked it just fine. Welded great, no problems with how it ran wire. Parts should be available.
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Old 02-06-2007, 03:43 PM
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thats kinda funny... I was jsut looking though this auction flyer today and saw "LTEC" welders and was wondering what the hell they were.

I see you are in NY as well so this auction should be relatively local for you

http://www.biditup.com/uploads/Ward%20Brochure.pdf
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:30 PM
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Linde I believe?
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:34 PM
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Yeah, I think the L-Tec was Linde, but Linde was bought out by ESAB.
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Old 02-07-2007, 12:42 AM
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Can you get a better picture, say from the front straight on? From this angle it looks similar to the old MillerMatic 35. In it's day that was a sweet machine, but it is old enough findind repair parts may take some doing.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:03 AM
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Sounds like a lot of denero for a unit from a salvage yard. I think the $500 down on a new unit with warranty would serve you better.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:46 AM
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Sorry I don't have a better photo. This unit is supposedly very lightly used, and in nearly new condition. The other thing is, I was hoping to send them some, uh, excess materials from here as a partial trade, and argue them down on price as well.

This salvage yard is only 3 miles from my house so it's convenient, and they sell trucks/heavy equipment/shop equipment, so this MIG is probably not something they got out of a dumpster, but something they bought out of an industrial shop or factory, as part of a cleanout sorta deal.

Moe, you make a good point though, I do like having a warranty and buying from someone who has to stand behind there product, as well as being able to easily find parts/consumables.
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Old 02-07-2007, 10:23 AM
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Yep, L-Tec was a product of Linde a division of Union Carbide Corp., trivia, UCC was the original developer of GTAW. L-Tec was sold to ESAB.

The college body shop program near by still have/had two of these units rigged up w/.023 solid and C25. Coincidently I picked-up by L-Tec flowmeter
yesterday from repair, tech said he had a lot of parts he has aquired over time which turn out to be a less expensive fix.

Machine parts might be acquired from http://www.weldmart.com/

How ever I'm w/Moe, would make a sizeable downpayment.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:57 PM
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farmboy- wondering where you are in NY and what yard you are dealing with?
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