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    Hey cruizer thinking of buying the vantage 400 whats your opinion on this machine i dont know anyone that owns one ive ran 305, sae, and pipeliner but never had hands on the vantage is it worth th 14,000 i will be doing general all around repair stick, mig, tig, run a plasma off it whats your opinion
    The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts

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    Great machines! Vary comparable to the Miller Big Blue Pipepro in weld characteristics.

    Turn the high idle rpm down to 60.5 to 61hz and it'll weld even greater after that.

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    • #3
      thanx man
      The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts

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      • #4
        cruizer

        Should weld the same as the 305

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        • #5
          Vantage 400

          The one i used had a Perkins. BEST PORTABLE EVER! Used very little fuel. We was using it in Kuwait running 7 days, 16 hours a day. 2 months of that was 115 to 135 degrees! We done everything from 3/8" CAC 350AMPS, 7018 1/8" SMAW, 0.45" TRIMARK FCAW. Never let us down.

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          • #6
            cruizer

            I don't like the Lincoln vantage I would put my old 400 pipeliner against any new vantage machine

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            • #7
              Being a Hyprid inverter, the Vantage 400 puts out pretty much pure dc through a modified wave form. Mind you that high idle rpm must be reduced. Unsure why Lincoln is setting the engines higher than specification (scope results) allow. It's like night and day dropping the engine down around 125 rpm. Its around 75 amps more output and its a way cleaner control.

              Spent a day scope comparing a super tuned 305G to a Vantage 300/400, then final weld testing both.

              Super tuning merely means I've adjusted the control board via a scope. and set the engine to my specification.

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              • #8
                cruizer

                So with this super tuning how do they weld after And does it help with the sometimes erratic arc I've had with the 305G especially when burning lots of 3/16 7018?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jbomb View Post
                  So with this super tuning how do they weld after And does it help with the sometimes erratic arc I've had with the 305G especially when burning lots of 3/16 7018?
                  Alot of variables,
                  IE, change oil to 5-50
                  change oil filter to recommended full flow
                  clean and adjust sliprings
                  change out sparkplugs to proper Champions.
                  completely remove Continental heat kit if you have one.

                  Set engine to 62.5 hz
                  Scope machine to exact wave form

                  Does it weld better, yep...

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                  • #10
                    Yeah this sounds easy to do hahahaha
                    The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts

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                    • #11
                      cruizer

                      Ya real easy lol most of it is and champion plugs really I always thought they were garbage

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jbomb View Post
                        Ya real easy lol most of it is and champion plugs really I always thought they were garbage
                        Nope, Champs are my choice on this machine. I've tried various plugs. The Champ wins out by far.

                        The RC12YC champ has a broader spark and takes heat better than its NGK BKR5E counter part, as well as outlasting the NGK.

                        In other words, I had to gap the NGK, pert near every time a machine came in for service. The Champ, pretty much never. Now I just toss them, and stick in the Champs.

                        Though its my opinoin and choice. It's your choice on what works best for you.

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                        • #13
                          cruizer

                          No I will take your word for it I've just always bought ngk for everything I own thinking they were the best, but the little Koehler is a lot different then my Chevy 6.0

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                            Yeah...does the kohler crack off manifold bolts like the 6.0 chevy!

                            Originally posted by jbomb View Post
                            No I will take your word for it I've just always bought ngk for everything I own thinking they were the best, but the little Koehler is a lot different then my Chevy 6.0
                            Yeah...does the kohler crack off manifold bolts like the 6.0 chevy!
                            Lincoln ranger 305g x2
                            Ln25
                            Miller spectrum 625
                            Miller 30a spoolgun
                            Wc115a
                            Lincoln 210mp
                            F550 imt service truck

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cruizer View Post
                              Great machines! Vary comparable to the Miller Big Blue Pipepro in weld characteristics.

                              Turn the high idle rpm down to 60.5 to 61hz and it'll weld even greater after that.
                              Oh? Know anywhere in E-town I can get this done?

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