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  • Econotig Vs.Syncrowave 250

    I was so happy the day I bought my first new welder a few years ago , it was an Econotig By Miller I bought it for $1200 and for a specific job a light aluminum job of several can type things it pretty much paid for itself in 1 or 2 jobs. Today I was at a Linweld demo day thing, I was there for the free lunch, but was talking to one of the sales guys about a Miller "something" 350
    with Pulse tig ( i use one at another job and liked it) anyway at 7 grand it is out of touch, But he did say he had a good used refurbished Syncrowave 250 for $1400 and he was interested in My Econotig he would allow me $1000 on a trade I said my machine and $200 dif. and he sold the welder to me, I walked out with a nice welder that came from a local college and rarely got used, but it was all gone through by linweld techs and came with a 6 month warranty.

    I want to go play.

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    I GUESS you want to play
    Smart move... unreal deal actually!!!!
    Russ
    Originally posted by Chipslinger
    I was so happy the day I bought my first new welder a few years ago , it was an Econotig By Miller I bought it for $1200 and for a specific job a light aluminum job of several can type things it pretty much paid for itself in 1 or 2 jobs. Today I was at a Linweld demo day thing, I was there for the free lunch, but was talking to one of the sales guys about a Miller "something" 350
    with Pulse tig ( i use one at another job and liked it) anyway at 7 grand it is out of touch, But he did say he had a good used refurbished Syncrowave 250 for $1400 and he was interested in My Econotig he would allow me $1000 on a trade I said my machine and $200 dif. and he sold the welder to me, I walked out with a nice welder that came from a local college and rarely got used, but it was all gone through by linweld techs and came with a 6 month warranty.

    I want to go play.
    I have tools I don't even know I own...

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    • #3
      Good deal! The Econotig is a true POS compared to all of their other tig machines.

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      • #4
        Great deal. You will not regret the trade.

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        • #5
          We've got several Synchrowave 250s at school. It's a fine machine.
          Roger
          Any products mentioned in my posts have been endorsed by their manufacturer.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chipslinger
            But he did say he had a good used refurbished Syncrowave 250 for $1400 and he was interested in My Econotig he would allow me $1000 on a trade I said my machine and $200 dif. and he sold the welder to me, I walked out with a nice welder that came from a local college and rarely got used, but it was all gone through by linweld techs and came with a 6 month warranty.

            I want to go play.
            That's a Great deal. We used the Synchro 350 at the local community college welding classes I took. Very nice! Way overkill for my skill level, but a guy can dream?

            Doug

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            • #7
              I think you got a great deal, there is a huge difference between the Econotig and the Syncrowave, you will be very happy. I own one of the Miller Dynasty 350s, a great machine with seemingly end adjustment possibilities on both AC and DC tig modes, it was bought originally for an orbital tig application, unless you have needs like that, the Syncrowave should handle all of your needs.

              Jack
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              • #8
                Dude, that's a ~screaming~ deal.

                Any of the the Miller SD machines are orders of magnatude more serious than the Econotig.

                I was ready to buy an Econo and a friend sold me his Syncrowave 180 to keep me from doing it. I've never, ever regretted the purchase, and I've got another friend nearby w/ a 250 in the rare event I need more horsepower.

                Well done deal!
                "Lay on ground-light fuse-get away"

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                • #9
                  I did some welding on some scrap .100 today a nice butt weld and some T's and Laps, not bad, But the Gurl could do better till I get used to it. Then Watch out!

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                  • #10
                    Check out http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/index.html
                    excellent blog & FAQ's from beginner to pro welder. One of the better "How to" welding site I've seen.
                    Bob J

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Chipslinger
                      But the Gurl could do better till I get used to it. Then Watch out!
                      Nah.. you don't have to worry about that.
                      I've been kinda quiet about this. The "Gurl" doesn't work here anymore.
                      Still having trouble getting used to it.
                      She hurt something in her hand sometime over the winter when she was chopping wood at home. It's been getting worse and worse for months now and the doctors can't find the cause.
                      It was at the point where she couldn't even weld without considerable pain.
                      I sorta had to force her to quit. She would never do that on her own...loyal to the end...but fab work is heavy on the hands anyway and I didn't want her getting permanently injured.
                      I'm hoping one day the docs will get that fixed for her. I'm betting she can never do this kind of work again though.
                      Let the "talking dog" comments reign...
                      Russ
                      I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                      • #12
                        Oh wow, that's too bad Russ! Something persistent like that is probably a tendon or a nerve, right? I'm assuming she's been to a specialist?
                        "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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                        • #13
                          Robert... ya it's got to be something like that. She hasn't been to a specialist yet. Around here... I wouldn't be suprised to see it take them about a year to get her hand looked at.
                          I feel pretty bad for her. She was just to the point where she could do ALL the welding here...including the real tricky tig stuff.
                          Pretty big blow... you spend all that time teaching sombody then you both get blindsided by something like this.
                          I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                          • #14
                            oh macona, I have an Econotig and though it doesn't have a foot control it does a decent job for me. A POS huh, well, since I can't afford a REAL welder I guess I'll have to make do with a POS welder that won't work for anyone but me.
                            It's only ink and paper

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Carld
                              oh macona, I have an Econotig and though it doesn't have a foot control it does a decent job for me. A POS huh, well, since I can't afford a REAL welder I guess I'll have to make do with a POS welder that won't work for anyone but me.
                              I have the equivalant of the econotig in a Hobart Tigmate. I bought it used for a good deal and picked it up. It has foot pedal control with it. It has allowed me to tig weld aluminum which I couldn't do with my mig welder. I can stick or tig with it so it opened up some options for me when I need to weld something. No, it's not a synchrowave but it does a fine job for me. I'm a machinist by trade, not a welder. If I was a professional welder I might consider it a pos after using some high end welders, but I've never ran a high end welder so the Tigmate takes care of me fine. If you could get a good deal on the econotig or tigmate and don't plan on becoming a professional welder I'd say buy one. If you dream of being a pro then you might as well lay down some cash and buy a higher end model. Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.
                              Jonathan P.

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