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  • junkyardwarrior
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    About 10 years ago I bought a used Lincoln SP130. It did everything I needed to do with it, which wasn't much but when I want to weld, I want to be able to WELD (not fiddle around). I hate poor equipment. I dug it out of the corner one afternoon to weld up an "oops" on the mower and it would power on, but no weld current. I did what I could, next day I took it in to a dealer and they kept it, then called me a few hours later saying the circuit board was toast. Seems like it was about $350 at the time for the part. So I paid $250 for the welder used, and put $350 into it to fix it (did it myself, parts only) and still ended up with a welder that had zero warranty. Yes I sold it, and got 60% of what I had invested in it. Then I bought a new Hobart Handler 190 and it did great. But when I moved, it was stolen from the place I moved from, along with a lot of other stuff. We have a 210 at work and it does fine the 2 or 3 times a year that we need it. Funny thing about it...my boss is a cheap skate. We originally had a Handler 120 and it died. I told the boss and he runs over to Tractor Supply, picks up "another 120" and we fired it up. Well he was griping about the price going sky high. They didn't make the 120 anymore. He bought a 210 and THOUGHT he was getting a 120. Which worked out good for us because the 120 wasn't big enough anyway. But me personally, I do not want to go through the headaches of buying another used machine and have a possibility of having problems with it.

    So I want a new one now since I have nothing. I rounded up a bunch of metal at work to build a cart with a new welder. "Horse before the carriage"...I haven't bought anything yet. I am pretty much set on the 211 though. For no more than I will do with it, it should be what I need. And versatile being that it's a 120/240v unit. Not that I plan on doing any mobile repairs.

    Do you all have a suggestion on the best place to purchase from? Am I seeing this correctly? Free spool gun and $200 rebate?

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  • kize
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    Another vote for a MM251. I picked up a 30A spoolgun with it. Nice unit. It will outwork me any day.

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  • ryanjones2150
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    Need a new MIG machine

    I say you find yourself a good used machine that fits your budget. Keep an eye on Craigslist and whatever local stuff-swapping sites you have. Be patient and a good deal will surface. Also, ask around, you'll be surprised at the awesome stuff people have laying around their sheds going to waste.

    My primary mig machine these days is an old mm250 I found sitting out in some guy's yard. Got him to pretty much give it to me since it looked like it had been there for years, can of WD40 and a wire brush, a new gun liner and a roll of wire and that sucker welds like a beast. Sure, it has a bit of a harsh arc and has a tight sweet spot like many old timers say is typical for this machine, but it certainly anchors a whole bunch of my fab work regularly.

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  • Tryagn5
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    Originally posted by BD1 View Post
    You got a heck of a deal. Most 251 or 252 by me are almost as much as new. I'm in Northern Illinois.
    Northern illinois here to. Bought a Lincoln mp210. Does stick, mig and tig, dc only machine. Has 210amps, cost was 999. I really like it, now there is a particular person on this forum who will comment on how it's unproved and will fail in a few days. I like mine, very portable. Now I happen to be a field mechanic who owned his own welding business for 10 years, I sold my larger shop machines, as I no longer do a lot of shop work, (everything is field, and I sold my business anyhow). You might want to consider it as we'll.
    Kevin

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  • BD1
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    Originally posted by elvis View Post
    I have a mm251 that I bought used for about the new price of a 211. I love it. No duty cycle issues for the work I do. I've used the smaller mig machines and they hit their duty cycle pretty quick which gets fairly annoying.

    I vote for the mm251/252 off the used market.
    You got a heck of a deal. Most 251 or 252 by me are almost as much as new. I'm in Northern Illinois.

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  • elvis
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    I have a mm251 that I bought used for about the new price of a 211. I love it. No duty cycle issues for the work I do. I've used the smaller mig machines and they hit their duty cycle pretty quick which gets fairly annoying.

    I vote for the mm251/252 off the used market.

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  • DATEC
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    The 211 is a beast. I use a Linc SP175 Plus at my work and my 211 (at home) is way more powerful. The 110/220v is a real nice feature also.

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  • Aeronca41
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    Ditto. Have had it about 3 weeks - wonderful machine. Airgas had it for $1118 then subtract the $200 rebate. Free spoolgun ends 7/31.

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  • BUDDY JR
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    I just bought the 211 and love it. Money well spent. The spool gun and rebate is a no brainer.

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  • BD1
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    MILLER has a super deal on the 211 if you check the special offers . FREE SPOOLGUN PLUS rebate ! I like the multivolt feature on the 211 and found out it likes the .030 wire. The auto set feature is liked by some and hated by others. I have used MILLER'S forever so the 211 is my choice.

    http://www.millerwelds.com/products/special-offers.html
    http://www.millerwelds.com/pdf/Spoolmate_RebateFlye.pdf
    http://www.millerwelds.com/landing/b...content=online

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  • junkyardwarrior
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    Need a new MIG machine

    I moved last year and finally started getting settled back in to the new place. Had a complete shop set up for general mechanic style stuff. Do some mowers, some general fab and some automotive motorsports (Drag racing) stuff. I had all the stuff needed but lost it all due to circumstances out of my control, so I'm starting over.

    I'm looking at a 220/230v unit. But I have not decided which one to go with. Hobart has their Handler series-which is what I was using previously and had no problems with it. Or the Lincoln, I think the Pro Mig 180. Of course then there's the Millermatic 211, which is roughly twice the money. I'd like something in the 180-210 range.

    What are your thoughts? What makes the Millers worth the extra money? I want one but at this time with my income level, if I can save a little bit, what I save can be used for extra project-related stuff.
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