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  • West Coast
    started a topic Passport versus Miller 180?

    Passport versus Miller 180?

    I currently have a Miller 135 and would like to bump up to a 180 Welder. Is the passport built as well as the Miller 180? I am thinking about getting the passport and selling my Miller 135. And what is a stronger weld, hard wire or flux core wire?

    Thank you....

    Happy Holidays...!!!

  • West Coast
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    purchase

    After a lot of reading I am going to purchase the Miller Passport Plus from my local Miller shop. But I do have a few question for the guys who own a Passport. How durable are the case on the Passport? And how does the drive system compare to the Miller 180?

    Thanks.....

    Dave

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  • West Coast
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    Hobart Handler 210

    Anyone have any experience with the Hobart Handler 210? The extra 40 amps over the 180 would seem to make it a better deal in a small machine? Any thoughts with the Handler 210? How are the drive systems on the Hobart compare to the Millers? Thanks......

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  • Laiky
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    where is a good place to fill those small bottles?

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  • pegleg1
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    I also use my passport portable on the back of my ATV on the farm with a 5500 Generator on a small trailer I use behind the ATV. I like the portable Co2 bottles on board. I just emted my bottle on Monday, I am going to get a backup now.
    I like the 110/220 also.

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  • pegleg1
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    When I got back into welding I started with the Miller 135, then I got a deal on a 175 from a friend. It work good, no complants, Then I started getting picky at what I was doing and did not like cleaning up spatter. I herd about the passport from my welding supplier, tryed it there and was blown away on the welds and the clean welds (no spater). I was sold and drooling the hole way. I brought my Miller 175 in and said to sell it and get the most you can. sold in 4 days and drove home with the passport...... Best investment I did.

    My welding inprooved by 200%. No joking.

    Well worth the price. Now I see the passport plus and it is the same price. It is ok, I do not do Alum. anyway at this time.

    Go for the passport if you have the money.........

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  • fun4now
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    if you have the $$ the passport would have the 240V option for later when you get it.
    if $$ is a big concern grab a HH140 from TSC, some one sells referbs but i cant remember who at the moment

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  • Geronimo
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    I just recently bought the MM180, this is an awesome machine!

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  • migman69
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    im considering buying a welder for the home shop what would be a good model i only have110v outlets for now one day ill get bigger service but i just want a welder to do light stuff light fab work and repair , probablky use it maybe 12 hours a week for doing just hobby stuff at home.

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  • mikeswelding
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    Passport vs 180

    I have both, but if I could only have one, it would definitely be the Passport, for 3 reasons. 1. The Passport runs on 110 or 220. This is a tremendous advantage. 2. The Passport is rated for 3/8" vs 5/16" for the 180. 3. The Passport has a setting for stainless, which is a big deal whether you ever leave the shop or not.

    I do a fair amount of onsite work and the versatilty and portability has paid for itself many times over. I use the smaller 20 cf bottles (75/25, co2 and tri-mix) so weight is no big deal.

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  • Anti-GMAW
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    Originally posted by SavageSunJeep View Post
    LOL I knew that, but hauling a big tank around kinda hurts that portability thing a little bit
    The tanks for the passport are actualy pretty cheap since there just paintball gun tanks. I already have a few lying around since I play paintball.

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  • SavageSunJeep
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    Originally posted by Anti-GMAW View Post
    You can hook the pessport up to a full size tank as well if you want.
    LOL I knew that, but hauling a big tank around kinda hurts that portability thing a little bit

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  • Anti-GMAW
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    Originally posted by SavageSunJeep View Post
    I just recently bought a MM180. I looked long and hard at the passport. Boiled down to "portability". Yea, I need, just not very often, in fact rarely. And I cannot justify the added $$ for it. I also like the larger gas tank for the MM180.

    If you really NEED portability then I would not hesitate.
    You can hook the pessport up to a full size tank as well if you want.

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  • SavageSunJeep
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    I just recently bought a MM180. I looked long and hard at the passport. Boiled down to "portability". Yea, I need, just not very often, in fact rarely. And I cannot justify the added $$ for it. I also like the larger gas tank for the MM180.

    If you really NEED portability then I would not hesitate.

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  • 84ZMike
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    I was also looking at the Passport.... don't get me wrong it is a strong performer and the plus now has the spool gun option,but as was brought to my attention if you don't need the portability it is worth the extra $$.....
    Mike

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