Oxford or Pickhill?

  1. Bsmith Member

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    I have an oil cooled 110A Oxford welder as a standby in case my inverter breaks down. Going to buy a Pickhill 180A tomorrow as I prefer a higher output. I never used a Pickhill before, are they as good as Oxford, not so good or about the same? Cheers
     
  2. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    if ur talking about an oil filled welder....there's no real diff...
    everybody and their brother was making oil filled welders.....
    over the years must have all makes inthe diff places I have worked....
    not so long ago I bought an as new Oxfor225 amp with a batt charger.....
    sold my little180 Oxford and leads for £100......
    bit like BIRO if u can remember, then everybody dumped the ink filled pen....
    only hearsay but the very first arc welding rod they didn't come with flux, u had to make ur own.....??????
     
  3. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    pickhill made the oxford there both the same :)
     
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  4. Feet 'n Inches

    Feet 'n Inches Out of the rat-race at last

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    Wot brightspark said. I used both when I was in the trade, all rod sizes all day long without any problems. Now I'm retired, my Oxford 110 suits my needs as a hobbyist although I do have a more powerful Clarke buzz-box should a job warrant it. If a bigger oil-cooled machine came my way, though, I wouldn't turn my nose up at it.
     
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  5. MattF

    MattF Member

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    This's why I made sure I brought both of mine. You just never know. Oxford 110 & a Pickhill 180.
     
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  6. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    i think I only have had the 180 up to one twenty amp apart from once whacked it up to 180 and put a big rod in and burnt a car shell up in half with it :whistle::laughing:
     
  7. winchman

    winchman Member

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    Both excellent but heavy
     
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  8. RonMig

    RonMig Forum Supporter

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    Not used my Pickhill Bantam 180 in anger yet, but burned a few rods for practice at 115 amps, sounds very smooth power.

    Am hoping Not to have to use the booster starter function, but its nice to know its there...
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    I like looking at it, almost like a functional work of art (!)
    :ashamed:
     
  9. Bsmith Member

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    Your giving me 'keep it' ideas @MattF , I was planning to sell the Oxford 110, prob only worth around £50 if that, but now including 2 migs, I have 6 welding machines, a few too many really.
     
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  10. gaz1

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    I love my little oxford 110b and it complements my sip 90 arc welder

    though i prefer the oxford where its too heavy to lug i use the little old sip instead and dont i miss it when doing arc work on many a stuff
     
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  11. MattF

    MattF Member

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    No such thing as too many. :D
     
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  12. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    there is if u have to move and downsize when u get old :(
     
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  13. MattF

    MattF Member

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    Or move & downsize when you divorce. :D
     
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  14. Bsmith Member

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    Did a bit of renovating then blatted a trolley together from some of the old trolley angle.


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  15. duncans

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  16. duncans

    duncans Member

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    you wouldn't like looking at it if you had to lug it up 20 flights of stairs I was surprised how heavy they are hahaaaa
     
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  17. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    I'd never part with my Oxford 180.

    It's great.
     
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  18. duncans

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    I bought a pickhill bantam 180 as a back up even the bloody leads are damn heavy as well
     
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