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    Not that important, but I was just curious. Although I am just a hobby welder, I do have this welder but I seldom see anything posted about it. Is it similar to the Hobart 175 or 180 or to what machine? The Challenger 172 has 4 taps and adjustable wire speed and operates off 220V.

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    Wayne
    Miller Challenger 172
    Hobart AC/DC Stickmate
    Older Sears AC stick machine

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    It was the predecessor to the MM 175, so that's probably what it's closest to in terms of lineage.
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      Originally posted by wayne50 View Post
      Not that important, but I was just curious. Although I am just a hobby welder, I do have this welder but I seldom see anything posted about it. Is it similar to the Hobart 175 or 180 or to what machine? The Challenger 172 has 4 taps and adjustable wire speed and operates off 220V.

      Thanks
      Wayne
      I have one too. Have you ever replaced the drive motor on yours. Mine went south and it was expensive to replace it with another plastic encased motor. Been fine since though.

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      • #4
        Hey Wayne,
        I also have the Challenger 172 and it is one of the best welders I have ever owned. Zrexxer is correct that it is the predecessor to the Millermatic175. Once in a while I see one on E-Bay that sells for a bargain. They are solid, well-built units that runs forever and I couldn't estimate the number of 10# spools mine has digested. Member Thomas Harris is the first I've heard who had a problem with the drive motor. I guess I've been lucky so far, but if my drive motor also went south, I would definitely invest in another as the welder is such a rugged bugger. Since you indicate you have one, use it and have confidence it will serve you well. Denny
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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies.

          It was interesting to read of others' experiences with the welder.

          I have used this to make a number of small projects such as carts, ring roller, small english wheel, small hydraulic press, and several other items. I have to admit though, I am still on my original 10# roll of wire and original CO2 cylinder. I am surprised I have welded as many small projects as I have and still on the first roll of wire and first fill of gas.

          So far all I have done to mine is replace the contact tip about 3 times. I do try to keep it clean though.
          Miller Challenger 172
          Hobart AC/DC Stickmate
          Older Sears AC stick machine

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