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  • #31
    Eric - Thoughts on the 211 since the purchase?

    I've been "In the market" for a welder for the better part of a year but haven't pulled the trigger. I've been considering the 230v Lincoln 180 (~$650) as it looks like it does everything I'm after and seems similar to the Miller 211 (minus the dual voltage option). Lincoln also offers the 180 dual voltage similarly priced to the Miller 211. Both are about double of the single voltage 230V unit price.

    I’m a novice welder. I’ve borrowed my friends cheapo flux core welder and have used it enough to know I want something better. My needs are fairly simple: mostly thin wall steel with an ambition on doing some aluminum. Simple bracketry, etc.

    Seems like the 180 is a good welder for the price if dual voltage isn’t a requirement. Anything I’m missing?

    Spec on Lincoln 180 here:
    MIG-Pak® 180 Welder

    Kevin

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    • #32
      I've only used my 211 a couple of times so far but have been happy with it. I think Miller currently has new rebates on the 211.

      I just took a TIG class so now I'm dreaming of a TIG machine. Other than the Lincoln Squarewave 200, the Miller Syncrowave 210 looks interesting because it does AC/DC TIG and will do MIG with the included spoolgun. It also currently has a $300 rebate.
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      • #33
        My new place of work has a Miller 212 and a Diversion 180. People who picked them know a heck of a lot more than me about welding. Electricity is still being installed for that part of the shop but I should be trying them out soon on some race car parts.
        We also got a Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma cutter hooked up to 480V with a cnc table that I'm a little scared.
        -Anthony
        1991 Miata - Trogdor SuperMiata
        2011 Ram 2500 - all the torque

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        • #34
          Originally posted by b3d3g1 View Post
          We also got a Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma cutter hooked up to 480V with a cnc table that I'm a little scared.
          I nominate you to be the guy who cuts out all our wings struts. All in favor say "I"...

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Red_5 View Post
            I have too much else to do first. Maybe I'll try to fabricate a welding table instead.
            Welding table is supposed to be the second project...lol

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            • #36
              Originally posted by b3d3g1 View Post
              My new place of work has a Miller 212 and a Diversion 180. People who picked them know a heck of a lot more than me about welding. Electricity is still being installed for that part of the shop but I should be trying them out soon on some race car parts.
              We also got a Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma cutter hooked up to 480V with a cnc table that I'm a little scared.
              As I mentioned above, the Diversion 180 is on my list. What I think is pretty cool though is the ability to also MIG with the spoon gun on the Sychrowave 210. I (we) already have a MIG machine so maybe that means the Diversion 180 should be the one to get since it costs less to start and has a better rebate currently. I don't think you can stick weld with the Diversion 180, not that I know how to do that now anyway.
              Last edited by Red_5; 04-04-2018, 08:13 AM.
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