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Re: MIG Welder

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Stan in Oly, WA

04-16-2014 08:27:46

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For the same money you would spend on the Hobart you could get a Miller 211 with a spool gun and cart. It's a less powerful welder than the Hobart, and it has a lower duty cycle than the 212 that Pitalplace recommended, but it runs on either 120 or 230 volts. Of course, that feature doesn't mean much if the welder will be used only in the shop.

From reading your posting, I get the feeling that you haven't zeroed in on just what you want. You start by saying that you don't need a 225 amp machine, but you certainly do if you plan to weld aluminum. You think a 120 volt machine would handle most of your needs if the quality was higher, but you are looking at a 250 amp Hobart.

All high quality welders have strengths and weaknesses. (Unless your budget is unlimited, high cost would be a weakness of a machine that might have all the features you need.) You can make a case in favor of almost any good welder if you don't set some guidelines based on what you want to use it for. Figure out just what features are most important to you and it will be much easier to narrow it down to the right welder.


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04-16-2014 18:42:11

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 Re: MIG Welder in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 04-16-2014 08:27:46  
Checked out the 211 and the 212. Both look like nice machines. I like the small size too. My old machine is like having a school bus parked in the shop compared to them.

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04-16-2014 17:53:57

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 Re: MIG Welder in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 04-16-2014 08:27:46  
Stan, you make some good points. I really had not considered the fact that aluminum is going to need a bigger machine. I have never had the ability to weld aluminum at home so I won't miss not being able to, but it would be nice. How often would I use it? Hard telling. It may never come up. A spool gun is one of those toys that I always wanted, but never had. I honestly have only ever had the need but a hand full of times. I just send it out or take it to work and use a TIG machine there. The other expense is the Argon. Having an Argon bottle sitting around for use some day would be a waste. I generally just run co2 because I am a tight wad.

Greg F.

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