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    Hi all.

    I just purchased a MM175 - should be delivered before the weekend. I checked with the local supply house here, and they couldn't touch the $662.77 price from IOC. I've read here that "most" are recommending the 210 or bigger, but for the occasional body panel/floorpan or repair around the home, I couldn't justify to myself paying double - I think the 175 will meet my needs.

    The local supply house, where I'll more than likely getting my gas, has a lifetime lease on the bottle. For $195 (1st tank of gas is free), I can keep it as long as I want, and when ever I decide to turn it back in to them (it could be 40 years down the road), they only keep $25. I thought that sounded like a pretty good deal.

  • #2
    Hi Greg,
    I love my MM175, lots of fun!!! Regarding the lease, I own my (6) bottles. Around here (Southern MI) they (sized at 120ish) are now (price went up) about 179 (w/tax) and the first fill is also free. With the receipt (I laminate them), I can take them anywhere to be filled. I'm not sure your bottle lease is a deal or not??? Good Luck
    Russ
    MM175, 300/200 Thunderbolt,
    M125c baby plasma,
    BWE (red flames),
    Victor Super-Range O2/Fuel,
    and lots-of-junk slowly being replaced.

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    • #3
      i pay $ 59.00 a year to rent my 155 botle and would love a liftime lease at $195 but it sounds more like a deposit if you get it back, i would call it a great deal i'm shour you will love the MM175 i have the 135 and love it
      thanks for the help
      ......or..........
      hope i helped
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      feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
      summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
      JAMES

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Greg60143
        for the occasional body panel/floorpan or repair around the home, I couldn't justify to myself paying double - I think the 175 will meet my needs.
        I completely agree with you. My MM175 welds most of the jobs I have. Before the big feeders, it also did well with 1/4". Fitting up will soak up your duty cycle for most of your big jobs, too. Don't regret your decision; enjoy the machine! Take the money you saved and buy a nice 4.5" grinder (DW 402 is my favorite) and a Miller Big Window Elite helmet.

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        • #5
          owwwwowww I second the get a Miller Big Window Elite helmet
          great hood
          thanks for the help
          ......or..........
          hope i helped
          sigpic
          feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
          summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
          JAMES

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          • #6
            Greg,

            Welcome. You'll like it here!

            You may find that the cost of owning the bottle will be just a few bucks more than the lease. Just a thought.

            As for the machine, you did good. Enjoy.

            Hank
            ...from the Gadget Garage
            Millermatic 210 w/3035, BWE
            Handler 210 w/DP3035
            TA185TSW
            Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange

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            • #7
              Greg,

              I recently bought a mm175. Thought I did good at $700. I looked at IOC and they were a couple of bucks higher. Any way I have welded up some 1/4'' with mine with no problem but was just a little dissapointed with the duty cycle. None the less I don't regret the purchase. thought about the 210 but just couldn't justify the cost for my needs. I purchased a 80cft bottle and it does fine for me.

              Kelly

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              • #8
                I hit the overtemp shut-off ONCE with my MM175. I had it maxed out, welding a 1/2" square solid bar parallel onto a 1/2 SCH40 pipe, 10-foot length, both sides.

                No exaggeration, I welded 19.5 straight feet of bead, with only 6 inches left when it shut down. I hadn't expected it to go that long, and was most impressed.

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