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    guys, other than size of machine, i see that the millermatic 211 & 212 units both have 3/8 capabilities. what would be any other differences in those units ?
    im looking into getting a mig unit soon for around the house, and some possible frame welding work on my old truck, and the $700.00 difference caught my eye for the 211.
    in other words, all things equal on 3/8 thick material, would you trust the 211 unit weld as much as from a 212 ?
    thanks
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    The main difference, as it was explained to me by my LWS sales droid... The 212 gets a larger transformer and therefore, a higher duty cycle. I don't know if that's true or not...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by bretsk2500 View Post
      The main difference, as it was explained to me by my LWS sales droid... The 212 gets a larger transformer and therefore, a higher duty cycle. I don't know if that's true or not...
      That and about a hundred and twenty pounds.If you dont plan on taking the thing around TO jobs,get the 212.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by FABMAN View Post
        guys, other than size of machine, i see that the millermatic 211 & 212 units both have 3/8 capabilities. what would be any other differences in those units ?
        im looking into getting a mig unit soon for around the house, and some possible frame welding work on my old truck, and the $700.00 difference caught my eye for the 211.
        in other words, all things equal on 3/8 thick material, would you trust the 211 unit weld as much as from a 212 ?
        thanks
        Go to the RESOURCES tab at the top of this web page and pull up the manuals for each machine.

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        • #5
          Yes, the 212 has about double the duty cycle.

          212 has gun on demand and its a direct connect for either a 30A or 200. Internally it also has dual drive rolls (211 is single).

          The 211 lists 110V input as an option.

          So big time portability vs. slightly better capability
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          • #6
            The 211 is a very good dual-voltage portable machine. If you need that type of machine, the 211 can't be beat, especially for the price.

            The 212 is a good shop machine with higher duty cycle, 12" wire spool capacity, heavier duty wire drive mechanism, better gun and included rolling chassis and bottle rack. The 212 is the better choice for a shop-only machine running 220v power.
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            • #7
              Exactly. The reason to get the 211 is portability. It's compact, pretty light, and you can plug it in to either 110v or 220v, sepending on what's available.

              If you're only working in your shop, and you've got 220v there, the 212 is probably the better choice.
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              • #8
                The 212 also accomodates the larger roll that a lot of quality wires only come into,like Dualshields and so on....
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                • #9
                  wow guys, thanks for the info.... i am now more undecided, LOL.
                  i guess since it wont be a real production unit, and the portability factor, i will lean toward the 211. and the 700 dollar difference helps also.
                  now i will save my money..
                  thanks a ton for all the input.
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