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Old 05-20-2018, 01:05 PM   #1
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Looking at buying a wire welder for multiple projects around the house

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Old 05-20-2018, 01:11 PM   #2
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Hobart is good, too.

If you can, pay a little more for the one that can run off both 115V or 220V. That way you can use 220V if you are close to your clothes dryer plug without having to add a breaker to your house and you can use 115V off an extension cord anywhere around your house of away from home.
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Old 05-20-2018, 01:14 PM   #3
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I have a Hobart 140 that does everything I need. Hard to beat for a hobby welder.
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Old 05-20-2018, 01:25 PM   #4
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like my esab rebel
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Old 05-20-2018, 01:54 PM   #5
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Hobart is good, too.

If you can, pay a little more for the one that can run off both 115V or 220V. That way you can use 220V if you are close to your clothes dryer plug without having to add a breaker to your house and you can use 115V off an extension cord anywhere around your house of away from home.


I just bought the Miller 211 for your reasoning right here.
I have my Hobart 140 for sale in the classifieds, but now thinking about maybe keeping it. I can have one rigged with gas and one with flux wire.
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Old 05-20-2018, 01:59 PM   #6
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I have a Miller 211 that has been great.


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Old 05-20-2018, 02:06 PM   #7
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Miller all the way.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:18 PM   #8
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:49 PM   #9
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Lincoln also makes good machines that dont cost a fortune
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:08 PM   #10
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Lovin my miller 211
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Old 05-20-2018, 05:54 PM   #11
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Another vote for the Miller 211!
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Old 05-20-2018, 05:55 PM   #12
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:02 PM   #13
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whats the difference in 210 and 211 Miller?
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:08 PM   #14
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Lincoln 210. Theres nothing you cant do with it. Stick, mig and tig. I have made a living using Lincoln Welders. Kind of like Chevy and Ford. Whatever your flavor is. I've used both but have always gone back to my Lincoln gear. My Lincolns are pretty pricey Miller always look cheaply built to me. Miller made in China. Lincoln made in USA. I think miller invented wire welding process but not quite sure. USA all the way for me

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Old 05-20-2018, 06:09 PM   #15
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Miller or Hobart for a wire machine every day
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:38 PM   #16
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Miller wire. I have a 212 and it's a great rig.
Lincoln for stick welding
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:49 PM   #17
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Lincoln 210. Theres nothing you cant do with it. Stick, mig and tig. I have made a living using Lincoln Welders. Kind of like Chevy and Ford. Whatever your flavor is. I've used both but have always gone back to my Lincoln gear. My Lincolns are pretty pricey Miller always look cheaply built to me. Miller made in China. Lincoln made in USA. I think miller invented wire welding process but not quite sure. USA all the way for me
Have you really looked at where your machine was built?
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:22 PM   #19
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I've had a miller 252 for several years now. It's the Cadillac of squirt guns.....
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:08 AM   #20
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whats the difference in 210 and 211 Miller?


A lot. 210 is a 220v only machine with a much greater duty cycle. 211 is 120/220v with a much smaller duty cycle.


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Old 05-21-2018, 07:31 AM   #21
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Lincoln 210. Theres nothing you cant do with it. Stick, mig and tig. I have made a living using Lincoln Welders. Kind of like Chevy and Ford. Whatever your flavor is. I've used both but have always gone back to my Lincoln gear. My Lincolns are pretty pricey Miller always look cheaply built to me. Miller made in China. Lincoln made in USA. I think miller invented wire welding process but not quite sure. USA all the way for me
Miller welders are not made in China.
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:42 AM   #22
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Old 05-21-2018, 08:23 AM   #23
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Iíve had a Miller 210 for 16 years. Still going strong. Dad has a Hobart 220v machine and I like it a lot as well.


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Old 05-21-2018, 12:24 PM   #24
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Hobart 210 mvp, you can get a good price online through Blain's Farm and Fleet.
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:25 PM   #25
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Let me know when you get it!
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Old 05-23-2018, 03:31 PM   #26
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Looking at buying a wire welder for multiple projects around the house

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After several weeks of shopping & comparing major brands and looking at reviews, common complaints/failures, and features I finally bought an ESAB Rebel 215ic a couple of weeks ago to replace my cheap northern tool flux core welder. I was really on the fence between it and the Miller 211 but chose the ESAB. Regardless of brand, it's night an day difference what a quality mig will do.

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Old 05-23-2018, 08:21 PM   #27
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Brian, best thing to do is evaluate your needs. Like what kind of projects do you intend to build? What material thicknesses? How often do you plan to use the welder? What type of electrical supply source do you have for the welder? Are you better off with gassless flux-core, hard wire, or shielded flux-core? Those are just a couple of important questions. I'd also suggest you look at Duty Cycle when exploring various models. Get the most you can. That can affect how quickly you get the work done. I've spent most of my adult life welding with mig and tig. And have used a lot of various machines and models. The thing about the big 3 (or 4 if you include ESAB) is the resale value should you ever decided to upgrade or sell all your equipment, Miller and Lincoln being at the top of "the demand list". I've run some old machines that probably few on here have ever heard of. And have long since been out of business. But that dosen't' mean they made bad equipment. Cause I know how some of that stuff ran .
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Old 05-27-2018, 12:13 PM   #28
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