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  • Limited to one machine, what would it be?

    Pretty new to welding, have a little century 135 amp machine that so far has done all I have asked it to. . My question is, when it's time to upgrade what would be the best all around machine for material from 1/16" to 3/8". The Miller passport looks interesting.

    thanks, Andy

    also, always looking for "little project" ideas, gifts etc.

  • #2
    Miller Shopmaster 300.

    But for the $ needed to make it(shopmaster) fully functional a two machine setup for example. PM255/PT275 is a better way to go
    Last edited by Planet X; 12-09-2005, 02:28 PM.

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    • #3
      For me that would be a Miller Dynasty 300DX tig runner , of course someone else would need to pay for it as I havn't hit the lottery yet
      Regards, George

      Hobart Handler 210 w/DP3035 - Great 240V small Mig
      Hobart Handler 140 - Great 120V Mig
      Hobart Handler EZ125 - IMO the best 120V Flux Core only machine

      Miller Dynasty 200DX with cooler of my design, works for me
      Miller Spectrum 375 - Nice Cutter

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      • #4
        I really like my Passport and it has done a great job on everything that I have asked it to weld. But my Dynasty can weld a wider variety of metals using just argon gas (although it is a bit slower)

        So what I'm saying is that budget has a lot to do with the final decision.

        The TA 185 has been accumulating quite a following here due to not only the quality of the porduct but the fact that the package price is very attractive.
        Bob Sigmon

        Dynasty 200DX and Coolmate 3
        Miller Passport
        LMSW-52T Spot Welder
        O/A Setup with Meco Midget
        Miller Big Window Elite
        Quincy QT-5HD
        SkatBlast 970 Detailer

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        • #5
          If you're a hobby weldor, MM210 w/spoolgun.

          Hank
          ...from the Gadget Garage
          MM 210 w/3035, BWE
          HH 210 w/DP 3035
          TA185TSW
          Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange
          Avatar courtesy of Bob Sigmon...

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          • #6
            Wouldn't want to be without my MM210/spoolgun!

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            • #7
              OK, if some will give me a Dynasty 300DX tig runner , I will keep my MM210/3035 and my TA185TSW hidden so no one will know I have them.
              Regards, George

              Hobart Handler 210 w/DP3035 - Great 240V small Mig
              Hobart Handler 140 - Great 120V Mig
              Hobart Handler EZ125 - IMO the best 120V Flux Core only machine

              Miller Dynasty 200DX with cooler of my design, works for me
              Miller Spectrum 375 - Nice Cutter

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              • #8
                My vote would go for the MM210 with spool gun. I started out with an 135 amp Century and made the jump up to the HH 175 have always wished afterwards I would have gone on up to the MM210. I have always heard very good comments on them.

                Going from the Century 135 to the HH175 was like the difference from day to night, but I hear the MM 210 is so much better. Plus with the spool gun you should be able to do aluminum if you ever wanted to.

                You might try going to one of the dealers that sell and repair welders see if you can try some of them.

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                • #9
                  Mm210

                  Howdy Howdy! I have that same MIG machine! I went for a multi-process inverter machine...talk about an upgrade! XMT304 used, with wirefeeder would be great. But if the money isn't there for that, I'd go for something like an MM210. I myself paid 2200 for a Lincoln Invertec V-350 PRO Advanced Process edition, with 2 years use on it. An XMT is about the same, 1,500 - 2,000. They're about 80 lbs, put out up to 400+ amps, will do DC tig, lift start too. all the mig processes, wonderfull stick features too. Then it's usually another 400$+ for a good used wire feeder to go with it. Now these are industrial quality machines with many many adjustable features. But if that kinda money isn't available, then an MM210 is an awesome deal, followed with an addition of a DX200 or something similar at a later date when finances allow. Those are my recomendations. If your a weekend warrior like me, then any of these machines should last you a lifetime or 20+ years if you start getting into it super serious. Brian Lee Sparkeee24

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                  • #10
                    my vote

                    Mm 210 Count The Votes, This May Win

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sundown
                      OK, if some will give me a Dynasty 300DX tig runner , I will keep my MM210/3035 and my TA185TSW hidden so no one will know I have them.
                      George,
                      I can send you a real good picture of mine.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by toolaholic
                        Mm 210 Count The Votes, This May Win
                        I will raise you one Esab.
                        Esab 2200 AC/DC
                        Thermal 211i
                        Thermal Pee-wee 85s
                        Smith O/A plus mini torch
                        Smith machine torch
                        LN-25 pro
                        LF-72 feeder
                        Edwards 65 ton
                        5X10 CNC table
                        Victor A-120
                        Miller Shopmate 300DX
                        S-74D feeder




                        Remember good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment.

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                        • #13
                          210 and spoolgun again.



                          Scott, you know I just had to go blue on this one. That may change when you avail yourself of the DDA Welder Storage facility....I hear they take in yellow 250+ units that aren't getting enough attention due to a high population of 250+ units. Several years of TLC would help it out immensly.
                          Don


                          Go Spurs Go!!!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Cool but you have to explain this one to Barbara.
                            She is still trying to figure out what happened
                            to that cute little blue one.

                            I will say something about the differences between a well designed inverter
                            and a well designed tapped transformer unit. The inverter has a way wider
                            sweet spot and can weld at higher and lower volts with .035 wire.(short-arc) So that makes
                            the Esab inverter easier to dial in then a tapped unit. It's like night and day in the difference.
                            Not many inverters really seem to get that right but when they do, it sure is nice to use.
                            Esab 2200 AC/DC
                            Thermal 211i
                            Thermal Pee-wee 85s
                            Smith O/A plus mini torch
                            Smith machine torch
                            LN-25 pro
                            LF-72 feeder
                            Edwards 65 ton
                            5X10 CNC table
                            Victor A-120
                            Miller Shopmate 300DX
                            S-74D feeder




                            Remember good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment.

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                            • #15
                              Another vote for the MM210 and spool gun. You can't go wrong with that set-up.
                              Hobart Beta-Mig 200
                              Millermatic 251
                              Lincoln SP175
                              Miller Synchrowave 180
                              HyperTherm 380
                              Victor O/A

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