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  • Bought used MXD 304 need advice

    Just bought a used 304. Nice machine but I'm told can't tig aluminum with it. It didn't come with any tig equipment, do you think I should pursue getting a tig device to run off this (cheaper?) or get a seperate tig setup which would be able to handle aluminumas well ? I'd like to have the ability to do both if neccessary, but don't have alot of dough. Just your general opinions. Thanks.
    Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Miller S22-P-12 suitcase Mig
    Miller XMT 304 CC/CV
    Hobart 140 Handler
    HF 14" Abrasive Saw

  • #2
    Are you talking about a Miller XMT 304?
    Trailblazer 302 * Millermatic 212 * Syncrowave 180SD * X-Treme 12VS Feeder * Spoolmate 3035
    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 Plasma * Lincoln 175 MIG

    Victor Superrange II * Victor Journeyman

    Hobart HH 125EZ


    • #3
      The XMT 304 CC/CV is a nice DC stick welder.

      It is a great power supply for a separate wire feeder.

      It is a lousy choice for tig welding aluminum. With the proper feeder/gun it will weld aluminum with wire.

      A Syncrowave 250 is a much better "dedicated" tig machine. It will do aluminum and steel, as well as other exotic metals.

      Did you read the specification sheet on the XMT 304 prior to laying out those hard earned bucks for the machine?

      Miller does not make an "all in one" machine that does, mig, tig (aluminum-requires AC), and stick well. (GMAW, GTAW and SMAW for those technicrats)

      Syncrowave 250DX, Tigrunner
      Dynasty 200 DX w/CM 3
      MM 251 w/30 A SG
      HH 187 Mig
      XMT 304 w/714D Feeder & Optima Pulser
      Dialarc 250 w/HF 15-1
      Hypertherm PM 1250 Plasma
      Victor, Harris, and Smith O/A
      PC Dry Cut Saw and (just added) Wilton (7x12) BS
      Mil Mod 6370-21 Metal Cut Saw
      More grinders than hands (Makita & Dewalt)
      Grizzly 6"x48" Belt Sander
      Access to full fab shop w/CNC Plasma & Waterjet
      Gas mixers (Smith(2) and Thermco)
      Miller BWE and BWE Dig