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    I would like to know which would be the better welder a MM135 or aMM175? can i use a MM175 with out having special electric service? Does any one have either of these welders and what are there positives and negatives?

  • #2
    The obvious differences are that the 135 is 12o volt and the 175 is 240 volt. You will need a 20 amp circuit for either unit. I have used several 130-135 amp machines and they have a place in the shop, but for someone looking to buy one machine I think the 175 is a better choice. You will have capability for heavier welding.


    • #3
      What are you wanting to use the machine for. This is the defining info, please be specific to get an accurate response.


      • #4

        I just purchased a millermatic 175 a few weeks ago. I have not welded in almost 14 years, and did a crappy job back then due to no knowledge, and a bad (snap-on) machine.

        All I can say is that within an hour or so, I was doing some very nice work on 18ga, 1/8" (butt and fillet), and 1/8-1/4" (fillet weld)mild steel just using the settings on the machine as a starting point, and tweaking from there.

        I could not be more happy with the machine, both in quality, price, and performance so far. I am plugging it into my dryer outlet and running a 50' 10ga cord out to the garage for the machine right now. No problems whatsoever.

        I bought the bigger machine, as I simply wanted the "option" of welding thicker material than the 135 would allow. Can't go wrong either way, but I would say if you have the power, and the few extra bux, get the bigger machine.

        Now I just have to figure out how to save up the money (and justify) a Dynasty 200DX so I can learn to TIG and also weld aluminum, etc!!!!!

        Good luck!


        • #5

          When you get the Dynasty let us know. It is a fantastic machine! Happy welding and saving.


          • #6
            135 or 175


            I bought the MM135 last August and immediately began to ruin perfectly good metal as fast as I could. Being a total newbe then, I had no idea what the machine (or I) was capable of. After a LOT of help, a LOT of questions, and GREAT support from the folks on this forum, I can tell you that the machine is capable of virtually any mild steel project, given that for thicker material, it'll take longer to multi-pass weld than it would to do single pass with a bigger machine.

            Knowing what I know now, I would have bought the MM210 for it's out-of-the box aluminum capability with a spool gun, and I'll probably go there later this year.

            Whatever you decide, I think you'll enjoy using a Millermatic.

            Be well.

            ...from the Gadget Garage
            Millermatic 210 w/3035, BWE
            Handler 210 w/DP3035
            Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange