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  • Sandyg
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    Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
    I have a couple of HTP foot pedals and beat them crap out of them...no problems. I drag them out from under the welding bench by the cord, kick them into place where I want them, etc.... so far so good.
    It does look and feel good, it's just the cabling itself is pretty much computer networking cable that's not durable, but I now see that miller makes an adapter for RJ45 to standard 14pin so could use the existing Miller one I have.

    Just need to learn to weld better with all the fancy gear

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  • ryanjones2150
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    I have a couple of HTP foot pedals and beat them crap out of them...no problems. I drag them out from under the welding bench by the cord, kick them into place where I want them, etc.... so far so good.

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  • Sandyg
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    Originally posted by Lostone View Post
    Thanks for the review.
    I wonder if there flex head is interchangeable with the ridged head? I may hold off on the 15 ft one if not because I wanted to use it as a primary. Plus it's 2x the cost for whatever reason of a 10ft.
    Yeah, I saw the cost was way more for the longer one. I think the flex heads can be swapped out, the folks at HTP were super helpful with questions when I asked. I don't need a 15' gun, so swapping out the stock vs. flex head gun is easy for me. Might be a pain to swap rigid neck for flex neck, but not sure. Worth a call, the guy that helped me with stuff for the 215 was named Jeff.

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  • Lostone
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    Thanks for the review.
    I wonder if there flex head is interchangeable with the ridged head? I may hold off on the 15 ft one if not because I wanted to use it as a primary. Plus it's 2x the cost for whatever reason of a 10ft.

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  • Sandyg
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    Originally posted by Lostone View Post

    tell me how you like that head. I am on the fence about ordering one on there 15 foot lead, so I have a little more reach so I don't have to hang it in the air at times like I did on what it's replacing.

    I think the flex flex head will be the ticket for doing exhaust work.
    I got the HTP Flex head installed for testing this weekend... Had enough fun with the family. Here is what I know (not much, but here it is) -

    The part is nicely made and feels good. It plugged right into the 215 with no issues and fit was good. I really liked the brass part that come up right next to the wire feed roller, not just the liner stuff, but a nice finished end.

    I loaded up some .030 so I could try the settings as well as the flex head. First off settings for the .030 on 16 gauge were close, and seemed to be pretty good vs. the .023 on 16 gauge which almost can't be adjusted in the smart settings to even weld.

    In trying some beads I found that the flex head gun was really nice and fed well (it's short 10') I wouldn't use it as a regular gun. I found that when I used my other hand to guide the weld the flex head was just a bit too flexible for me. Again I'm ham fisted so someone with more finesse would have less issues. That being said I looked at some of the chassis welding I need to do on the car and it will be _really_ helpful to get into some of the tighter areas. Changing it was really easy with no fuss.

    So while I would not have it as my primary gun, I will totally use it for getting into tight spots. The flex part is nice, just not for regular use for me. I would definitely get the gun with a rigid head if I need a replacement, price was excellent, and quality looks and feels good. I do like the trigger guard that keeps me from accidentally feeding when I just toss the gun down. On thing is different then the Miller gun was some of the parts like the outer shield.

    I also picked up an HTP foot pedal to try the Tig functions out at some point, have a HTP/CK 17 flex head torch and really dig that the 215 has a different gas fitting for the Argon. The pedal plugged right in and it seems to control things, but until I play with with it and stick some tungsten, hard to see how it will work. It's nice and metal, but the RJ45 and related cable that is required seems hardly HD since it seems like just network cable that will not like any abuse. But this isn't that type of machine

    Sandy

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  • Sandyg
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    Originally posted by OscarJr View Post

    Careful now. No where does it say that it is how they come up with their AutoSet numbers.




    According to the manual, 0.023" is only useful up to 90A, which seems to indicate a maximum guideline suggested WFS of 90 * 3.5 = ~315 IPM. I suppose it just takes some fidgeting around.
    Yeah, guidelines only...

    I have not got back on the machine for a while, but what my complaint is that it's far off on the display, and you can't set to a reasonable value might as well just get the Sharpie out and mark the chart, skip the 'Smart Set' feature and be done OR allow the user to adjust the recommended settings in the Smart Display.

    The other issue with adjusting off of the Smart Settings is that I can't remember if it has enough range to allow it to weld ok on 0.023 with the range of adjustment so forces the user back to manual settings to get it to work.

    Not sure, but totally relying on calculations to compute voltage and feed rate seem, well, lazy for Miller. Did anyone try the settings for 0.023 at Miller, and how hard would it have been to have settings that were at least reasonable on the Smart Set.

    Again minor *****, but saving user settings would be a very useful feature, otherwise might as well just have 2 LED displays for wire feed and voltage

    Sandy



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  • nfinch86
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    I've run .035" & 3/64th " through a 10ft. many times over the yrs. I guess what I was asking was, the new MM 215 has the setups for everything except Aluminum mig, Spool Gun " Yes " but not using a mig whip.

    PS. - I always run 5356 AL. , not 4043 , unless I am using a spool gun.
    I'm not going to buy a spool gun , unless I have to....... lol.

    Norm
    Last edited by nfinch86; 12-20-2016, 04:13 PM.

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  • ryanjones2150
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    I tried pushing .035 4043 through an older Lincoln wire feed that I had and it was nothing but irritating. Would weld for an inch or so and then bird's nest on me. I know for sure it was the stock whip, so it was probably 12'. I think the newer machines are designed better and seem to have a better chance of success, looks like a smaller gap between the drive rolls and the inlet to the whip. Give it a shot though. <br />
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    Someone gave me a small whip for a miller machine, which I have no use for. If anyone could use it and would like to experiment by cutting it down, it's yours.

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  • nfinch86
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    Likely .035 ".

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  • ryanjones2150
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    How big of wire are you planning on running? My MM250 pushes 3/64th 5356 through a 10' whip like a beast. I haven't the slightest clue what your machine's max would be. Give it a try.

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  • nfinch86
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    Well , I tried out my new MM 215 and it works great.

    Now, can I run Aluminum without a Spoolgun , on the short 10ft. whip supplied , or do I have to get a Spoolgun ?

    On all my other welders, I just used a 10ft. whip , while running 5356 Al. wire. - Not 4043 Al. wire.

    Norm

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  • OscarJr
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    Originally posted by Lostone View Post
    So I pulled out the manual to see if it's adjustable. In it is shows how they come up with there auto set guild lines.

    You convert thickness to amperage (0.001 in = 1 amp)
    then for .023 wire they say 3.5 inches per amp.

    So so if you have 16 Ga sheet...
    .060 inches = 60 amps
    60 amps x 3.5" per min = 210 inches per min.

    Thats not even close to what they have in there charts. It would be for 12ga using their recommendations (.094 thick)
    Careful now. No where does it say that it is how they come up with their AutoSet numbers.




    According to the manual, 0.023" is only useful up to 90A, which seems to indicate a maximum guideline suggested WFS of 90 * 3.5 = ~315 IPM. I suppose it just takes some fidgeting around.

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  • OscarJr
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    Originally posted by Sandyg View Post
    Nice, Seems like a good machine with the v1.0 issues. I am waiting for a Tig Torch to give that a try on steel to see how that works. Great looking machine and will be interesting to see how others find it.

    So far my issues is that it's not really all that smart, just a fancy display on a nice multi-purpose machine and will run on 120V for thin stuff. In some sense I should have just got one of the smaller Millermatic's as I have a nice Tig and larger Mig machine but the allure of fancy technology got me. One thing I really like is the ingenious cord and voltage selection based on the plug.

    I think in the long run what I'm going to feel like is I have a nice machine with a fancy digital display for volts and feed (mig).

    Sandy
    Dang, and I was looking into getting one. Not what I wanted to read, lol. So far my MM 211 has worked great on AutoSet for 0.030" & 0.035" solid and flux core wire. But never tried 0.023".

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  • nfinch86
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    Yes, Me as well , but I'm going to give a try.
    If it doesn't turn out the way I like - In
    the trash it goes..........lol.

    Norm
    Last edited by nfinch86; 12-18-2016, 01:11 PM.

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  • Aeronca41
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    We'll be looking for some cool stuff on the projects page! Enjoy! I absolutely love artistic welding but am about as artistic from the design viewpoint as a fence post. I'm pretty good at executing ideas but not coming up with them. So, I really enjoy seeing others' work

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