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Thread: Airco= Miller? But Which Miller
09-12-2010, 09:12 PM #1
Airco= Miller? But Which Miller
I just bought this old Airco welder/generator model 2.25A/DDG-AMEL-A. It is powered by an Onan CCK-MS/736F (I was told 20HP, which I strongly doubt) two cylinder.
Inside the side cover it says Miller Gold Star, so I believe this was sourced from Miller (did Airco buy all their stuff from Miller?). I am trying to find out if there was an identical model sold by Miller, in hopes of getting a operators manual for it.
The closest I've found was an older Miller AEAD, the chassis looked almost identical but the front panel was quite a bit different.
On Edit: An AEA-200L is also very similar. Again, with a different front panel.
Anyone recognize this welder?
Last edited by dfw5914; 09-12-2010 at 11:40 PM.
09-14-2010, 07:35 AM #2
My dad had a miller like that one in the 70s. same engine for sure, 18 or 20hp. I don't remember the model number. As I remember the cabinet and fuel tank look the same. It welded great though.
09-14-2010, 02:48 PM #3
Thanks m. m., it sure has a '60's look to it. All Bakelite and woven fiberglass, even the decals take me back.
I haven't welded with it yet as I'm not 100% positive on correct set-up, and I don't want to be the guy who kills a classic survivor.
09-15-2010, 06:22 AM #4
Looks similar to the Miller AEAD-200 series. Check out the manuals at Miller.
09-15-2010, 07:28 AM #5
She even sent me a PDF copy of the operators manual and a parts list.
Now that's darned impressive customer service!
09-15-2010, 07:47 AM #6
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09-15-2010, 10:54 AM #8
Beats blue porch paint, LOL.
09-17-2010, 11:45 AM #9
The guy I bought it from said the machine was originally in a weld shop at Bell Helicopter among a group of similar Miller machines.
No one would use it because it was orange.
...so they painted it blue.