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  • #16
    That 210 will handle most things you’ll come across. It’s actually a pretty nice little machine. I don’t have one but I have a couple friends that do and I’ve used theirs in the past.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Northshore View Post
      What didn't he like about the Dynasty?
      It isnt he didnt like the Dynasty. He found out he could have repaired the couple aluminum pieces with a spooly if he had to or farmed them out for 100$ in weld time and the machine he paid 900$ for did most of the work, in fact really did it all and the one he paid 4500 for became an expensive dust collector. This is different for those in the biz,,,,,,,, but for hobby, repair and maintenance the tig can get parked a lot. This doesnt mean there isnt or couldnt be use but other than 10 miles of alum pipe I have and 1000's of fittings that most dont have (which I now do spool gun),,, I can count on one hand the times I really need a tig over the last 40 years and a couple those could have been spooly.
      If I was hanging out the shingle for alloy work then it be a different matter even for so much as people expect it and call for tig as they assume it can only be done that way. Be different if I was a specialist or working in shop that was. I can tig,,,, I just dont, doesnt interest me much which is another matter. Personally only real interest in any of this is the utility and would be outright lost without a 200 class mig. I got 10 machines, maybe more, I use that and a bit of stick with a DC buzzer,,,, even lots of that could be done mig but use it for convenience and cause I can and on occasion cause I need a little practice for the "in cases".

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      • #18
        The adjustments the Dyn give make a guy feel like a super frickin hero. I used to a 60 cycle unit. I was at a seminar, out of about 20 people including a couple Miller guys, only 1 was better at it than I am was a specialist from Miller. It probably could be done a lot cheaper today but the machine is great, its a good stick machine and relatively portable and dvi when a guy cant get around it.

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        • #19
          I should thin the herd, only reason I keep some is the sale wouldnt bring a lot and for the occasional contracting. The little Maxstar has about retired my portables, I have 4 and rarely use any. should have sold a couple in the olast pipeline swing up, havnt looked at AWS to see how that goes these days.
          That is a spot in my career I really missed and should have done due to the fact it is so fluid and can pay top for top production and quality. I should have put rig together and hot seat it with my brother. I cant get away now,,,, the cost of a new truck would simply be a trade off and not such a point unless I wanted to run another real biz and that doesnt have great appeal.
          If I do that it will be way simple in comparison.

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          • #20
            I'd love to keep the Dynasty if it seems like it'd hold up with random use in the long run. I just worry about being stuck with a paperweight with the same book value as my car.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
              That 210 will handle most things you’ll come across. It’s actually a pretty nice little machine. I don’t have one but I have a couple friends that do and I’ve used theirs in the past.
              I got a neighbor Bud, a real expert and can run any machine they make and has been over once in last 15 years to use my spooly since he got a 175 feeder. He is a typical home type,,, his expertise is not typical but the nature of the work is, he got a little sawmill, a pickup with a plow, a couple trailers, small machine tools etc, normal diy stuff and he manages very well with the little mig.
              Its really rare I actually need something other than that but and/or I do a lot of stuff the typical hobby type would never likely do.

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