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  • wierdscience
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    Originally posted by Joel View Post
    I have been happy with my Hobart Handler 180 (have had it about 10 years now). I've no idea why, but I could immediately lay notably better beads with it than I could with the Lincoln it replaced.
    I got lucky and got a killer deal on it from Tractor Supply. It came as a package with the welder, a cart, bottle (IIRC), regulator/flowmeter, a big spool of wire, an auto darkening hood, and gloves.
    At the moment I'm leaning towards the Hobart 210. I watched a couple reviews on Youtube and they do look to have noticeably smoother transfer. Local store has several instock and usually there is a sale coming up after Thanksgiving.

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  • mickeyf
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    I have been very happy with the Miller 211 I got about 8 years ago, but I'm an amateur so maybe I don't know what I'm missing or how to be critical of it.

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  • Tungsten dipper
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    Originally posted by wierdscience View Post

    How many hours do you have on it so far? I already have a Tig machine and a stick welder for backup, so don't need the redundancy, but the price is close to the Miller so not out of the question.
    Not many hours; I haven't used it in over 2 years! That's because I enjoy using the TIG. Not in any hurry, or welding on cars (TIG can burn up the computer) so I never use it. Even have an aluminum spool gun for it. I have less than 2 hours on the square wave TIG weld to; use my Everlast ALL the time.

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  • Joel
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    I have been happy with my Hobart Handler 180 (have had it about 10 years now). I've no idea why, but I could immediately lay notably better beads with it than I could with the Lincoln it replaced.
    I got lucky and got a killer deal on it from Tractor Supply. It came as a package with the welder, a cart, bottle (IIRC), regulator/flowmeter, a big spool of wire, an auto darkening hood, and gloves.

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  • Fasttrack
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    I'll be watching this closely... I've been thinking about a small, home-shop type MIG welder to augment my Syncrowave 350. It's not often I find something where I think I'd prefer MIG over TIG or stick, but every now and then something comes up.

    What about consumables? Might be worth comparing the cost and prevalence of tips, nozzles, liners, etc. for the units you're looking at. I'm not sure how things have changed, but I seem to recall the early Harbor Freight wire feed welders used an odd-ball tip so you had to buy their junky tips instead of using a standard 1/4-28 tip. I've always favored Miller because they've been dependable and parts were easy to find. It's a shame to hear that the local service centers are so unhelpful these days...

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  • wierdscience
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    Originally posted by MTNGUN View Post
    I picked up a Maxus (rebranded Campbell Hausfield) Pro-140 about 10 years ago. Have been using it quite a bit with 0.023" wire to do auto body repair, but have occasionally run 0.030" and 0.035" flux core. Nothing bad to say about it so far. It's 110V, but that's not an issue for sheet metal, and it's convenient to be able to roll it around and plug it into any outlet in the shop.

    But that model is no longer on the market, and Wierdscience wants a 220V -- I'd look at Primeweld, just because their customer service is generally rated best of the imports. The Primeweld Mig180 is $479, and for that price you get a spool gun and a 3 year warranty. They sell out about as fast as Primeweld receives them so you may have to wait a bit.
    That I have to look at, I know a couple guys that have the Primeweld 225 Tig and love it. Thanks for the heads up.

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  • QSIMDO
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    Originally posted by wierdscience View Post

    How many hours do you have on it so far? I already have a Tig machine and a stick welder for backup, so don't need the redundancy, but the price is close to the Miller so not out of the question.
    I have the Lincoln and, since it doesn't come set up to use TIG, I don't even consider that aspect of the machine.
    Nice to have the stick capability but as a MIG it's been fantastic.
    Miller and AHP for TIG but I've gone back to OA for many things due to essential tremor in my hands.
    With gas the tremor is a plus!

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  • MTNGUN
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    I picked up a Maxus (rebranded Campbell Hausfield) Pro-140 about 10 years ago. Have been using it quite a bit with 0.023" wire to do auto body repair, but have occasionally run 0.030" and 0.035" flux core. Nothing bad to say about it so far. It's 110V, but that's not an issue for sheet metal, and it's convenient to be able to roll it around and plug it into any outlet in the shop.

    But that model is no longer on the market, and Wierdscience wants a 220V -- I'd look at Primeweld, just because their customer service is generally rated best of the imports. The Primeweld Mig180 is $479, and for that price you get a spool gun and a 3 year warranty. They sell out about as fast as Primeweld receives them so you may have to wait a bit.

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  • wierdscience
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    Originally posted by Tungsten dipper View Post
    A Lincoln 210 MP Great MIG welder.
    I would rather TIG than MIG.
    How many hours do you have on it so far? I already have a Tig machine and a stick welder for backup, so don't need the redundancy, but the price is close to the Miller so not out of the question.

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  • wierdscience
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    Originally posted by junkaddict View Post
    A Miller. Pretty sure everything inside of it is made in China.
    Yup,and I generally like the Miller stuff I have at work, though none of it is newer than 2005. Biggest reason I am hesitant to buy Miller this time, is their service centers local to me have two standard answers-

    #1 "The board is shot, it would be cheaper to buy a new welder"
    #2 "4-6 weeks"

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  • wierdscience
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    Originally posted by DennisCA View Post
    A Kemppi, from your POV it would be an import.
    Ya, kinda like a Maybach

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  • DennisCA
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    A Kemppi, from your POV it would be an import.

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  • junkaddict
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    A Miller. Pretty sure everything inside of it is made in China.

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  • Tungsten dipper
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    A Lincoln 210 MP Great MIG welder.
    I would rather TIG than MIG.

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  • Ed ke6bnl
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    Originally posted by wierdscience View Post

    Which Miller 211 is it? The current small frame portable one, or the older 250lb wheeled machine? Miller seems to have changed their model numbers around again. A millermatic 211 today isn't at all the same machine as one from a few years ago.
    My 211 is light weight 1 model ago. Has auto set witch works well for me.

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