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Re: ESAB Welders

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Paul in MN

05-25-2013 20:17:15

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I have an ESAB 260 multimaster, purchased in 2001 and my son has a multimaster 300 purchased in 2012. They are both the best welders I have ever used. My 260 is mainly used with .035 solid wire (it will run .045 with no additional parts), and occasionally I run DC stick. My son's 300 came equipped with the TIG module and torch parts, plus the MIG and stick equipment. I had both stick and wire feed welders prior to buying the ESAB, but once I demoed the Multimaster 260 at the welding supply store, I coughed up the $2000++ right then (price 12 years ago).

A year or so ago, I contacted the ESAB tech line in S Carolina for a recommended proceedure in welding the heavy duty top tubes to 2" thick by 6" wide fork lift forks. They not only provided the recommended proceedure, but the regional sales manager came out to my shop and helped me tune up my welding skills. As he was about to strike up a DC stick, he told me that of all the ESAB machines that he uses and demoes, the 260 is his favorite (very nice arc characteristics).

Have you tried their New Tech auto dark helmet yet? It is a world of difference compared to my maybe 20 year old Jackson auto dark helmet. The optics are way ahead of their competition. Both my son and I bought the new helmets (Christmas presents!).

In my experience, ESAB is a real top notch company.

Paul in MN

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Bud in WV

05-26-2013 04:51:27

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 Re: ESAB Welders in reply to Paul in MN, 05-25-2013 20:17:15  
I picked up a MigMaster 250 a while back - $500 in a yard sale. I was a stick & tig pipe welder. This MM has about ruined me! Best Mig machine I"ve ever used.

(It was built in my home town in SC, too!)

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Stick welding

05-26-2013 10:21:47

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 Re: ESAB Welders in reply to Bud in WV, 05-26-2013 04:51:27  
Hey Bud, the MM 250 is a rebadged Linde machine. They are every bit as good as anything else on the market. That's why Esab has kept it in their line for so long.

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Bud in WV

05-26-2013 18:44:17

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 Re: ESAB Welders in reply to Stick welding, 05-26-2013 10:21:47  
I grew up in Florence, SC and one of the largest plants town started as Union Carbide back in the 70"s. It became Linde for a while and last I heard it"s still ESAB now. Haven"t been there for years but I used to have some friends who worked there.

My machine has a tag saying it was built in Florence.

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