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  • #16
    thats what i am hearing off the board from friends of mine. everyone says the 135/175 will work fibe for when i have to do exhaust systems, small jobs, tacks to fit things. even the sales guy says to get the 135 because there is no difference in power between the 135 and 175, just the fact that its 220v. i have been told off the board to buy a nice tig because when i get into serious fabrication and need strength and looks it pays to have a nice tig.
    Brian C.
    Turbobrian Fabrication LLc.
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    • #17
      TURBOBRIAN..........Well there is quite a bit of difference form a 115 volt machine to the 230 volt machines..........Amps out put is larger and they do not weld the same..........Consider this for exaust work the 135 will work as will the 175.........But the 175 will allow you to weld larger pieces of metal in a single pass..

      Your call...........Enjoy.............Rock..
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      • #18
        Originally posted by turbobrian
        thats what i am hearing off the board from friends of mine. everyone says the 135/175 will work fibe for when i have to do exhaust systems, small jobs, tacks to fit things. even the sales guy says to get the 135 because there is no difference in power between the 135 and 175, just the fact that its 220v. i have been told off the board to buy a nice tig because when i get into serious fabrication and need strength and looks it pays to have a nice tig.
        Brian

        Your salesman doesn t seem very knowledgeable, because there is a big difference between a 135 and 175 amp machine. This difference becomes real obvious when you weld 1/8" steel with a solid wire. The weld produced by the 135 amp machine looks a little cold were as the weld produced by the 175 amp burns in alot better and wets out better too. It has to do with the output voltage and amperage capablity of the machines. The 135 amp machine can output just enough amperage for the 1/8" material but to do this the output load voltage of the machine drops down to around 16 volts, which produces a weld that does want to wet out. On the other hand, the 175 amp machine easily reaches the amperage needed for this 1/8" material, and also at this amperage the machine has the ability to output a higher voltage then needed for this 1/8" material. Yes, it will also output the proper voltage too.

        Personally after reading this entire thread I think you would be real happy with the MM 210. This machine is an industrial quality machine that will last you for years. The MM 210 will handle your thin material and give you a lot more duty cycle and and output power on thicker material that you want to weld then the 175 amp machine.

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        • #19
          turbobrian, I've owned a MM175 for about 2 months now and I really like it. I have welded everything from coathangers to 3/8 mild steel. I've only used the .035 flux cored wire so far as my shop was not closed in and I didn't have the extra bucks for the tank, etc. Although it is 220v, I also like the portability. I've used it outside the shop in the yard with a long 8/3 extension cord.
          KenCO " Uccahay "

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