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Old 03-24-2017, 03:31 PM
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Western Mass Craigslist has a Lincoln 225 for $75. Can't be tested as the guy has no 240V outlet.
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:35 PM
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You might look around for an adult ed class, usually taught at a local high school. They will have various machines to use, so you can get a grasp, as to what might be most appropriate for your needs/wants.

An adult ed class got me started a few decades ago, and was the basis for a life-long hobby that is more useful and rewarding, today, than it was when I first held a stinger in the 70's.
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Western Mass is a large area.. Pinpoint the area more might give a better perspective..

I mean Blanford vs Florida or Williamstown etc, etc.. In central Mass.. there are 2 schools offering night classes and they are both within 40 minutes drive..
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but are only interested in it as a hobby..
Everything you need to read and learn about welding is on the www.

Everything you need to see about welding can be found on the www on sites like you tube.

Every conceivable question you could have about welding or the equipment needed can be answered right here at this site.

From setting up any welding machine, the rods needed, or wire needed or gases needed etc etc, for the most part are already part of the SFT archives.

Along with a dozen other welding sites across the www.

It is all left up to you to do a little work to get to a certain point. Running beads will actually help you to learn how to run decent beads.

Caring about what your learning will do the most good over the amount of money you spend on the machines.
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