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Old 09-02-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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My First Mig Welder is on the Way

Hey! I'm pretty pumped. I just bought a Miller 211. It is my first MIG welder. I decided on the unit it using the principals of
1) Buy American when possible
--There isn't always an option
-- Sometime it is unjustifiably expensive
2) Buy the best you can afford
3) Take care of it and it should last a long time-- and ideally be repairable

I spent the better part of the weekend researching machines and was really torn between a Hobart MIG, The MM211, and an Everlast PowerTig 250 AC/DC unit. I know the Chinese TIG is an odd running mate, but I fundamentally wanted to buy a TIG and on paper you get a TON of machine for less $ than a fairly basic MIG.

I did a lot of internal debating and went with the MIG thinking that if I'm only going to have 1 machine for a while, the MIG was less expensive and well suited for automotive work.

Hopefully I don't end up with buyer's remorse going with a MIG unit. I've done limited gas and TIG work and even less MIG, but I always enjoyed welding... I actually enjoy gas welding the most, but it isn't exactly practical.

I'm rambling because I'm exhausted and stoked.

Now I need to figure out an extension cord I can run to the laundry room for 240V... 8/3 is so f-n expensive!

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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Nice man. Im currently in the market for a mig machine myself. Hopefully well see what this estates auction brings next weekend hopefully its not to big or small.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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btw when you plug it in dont hold onto the prongs lmfao it will make your arm tingly
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:06 PM   #4
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Congrats! millers are great machines! as for extension cords, check out harbor freight, they have 50 and 100' 10 guage cords for rv's, I have been using a 50' that I have swapped the ends over to a 240v style plug that I have been using with much success. I do plan on eventually going to a 8 guage cord. I have never had the cord get warm even with the machine cranked all the way up and running for 20 min almost consecutively.

I have been been running a thermal arc fabricator 181i, and it has been a great little machine! I haven't used the tig side of it yet, but the mig and arc work great.
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I'll check out the RV plugs. I'll have to keep an eye out for the cost of 6-50 ends. I'll also need to make a pigtail to convert the 6-50 to my dryer outlets (10-30). Maybe the home store will have what I need...

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Im a lincoln guy but ive used the millermatic 350p and like the pulse mode... other than that i use lincolns haha

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I wouldn't want to compare mig with tig, but to be honest you will probably end up using a mig more often. Its just easier and faster. Tig welds look awesome but for automotive stuff and home projects, MIG looks good enough and its probably just the easier option. I want to buy a mig welder. I would buy a tig but I suck at it and dont want to take the time to learn it haha
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As much as i love mig and have a lincoln 180t mig i use stick welding more on a daily basis, pretty sure im one of the few on here who uses stick on a regular basis haha
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I have the baby 135 and feel the need to get " MORE POWER "
Need a 220 volt model!!

Miller is good stuff!
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