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    Nothing but a Thing HighwayTrout's Avatar
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    If I had a couple grand burning a hole in my pocket no doubt my next welder would be a Miller Multimatic 200. Plus the Tig add on.

    Definitely pricey but if you are at all interested in learning 3 different processes this is a no brainier and a bargain. Im guilty of wasting tons of money on 3 different machines that still can't hold a candle to this one unit. And get 220 installed in your garage.

    So after all that. lol

    If you are interested in mig welders. Look up a few brands and see the difference in duty cycles and at what output the duty cycle is rated for. The duty cycle is the number of minutes out of 10 that you can weld without overheating the machine. Example 60% duty cycle allows 6 minutes of welding out of 10.
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    I run a Miller. It kicks ass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf View Post
    I will take a look!

    Did everyone learn them selves ? I see there is a ton of videos online that can teach you. Anyone have any favorites ? I unfortunately don't have a welder that can show me. I did basic welding in Automotive school but that was basic.

    I guess tube bending and metal cutting is a whole other subject. I feel like I'm opening a can of worms haha.. I want to build a cage etc but there is a lot to learn and unless im wrong the equipment is pricy.
    I did. Just bought the welder and got some scrap and started melting metal together. 8 years and a ton of projects later I consider myself a decent welder. One thing to save for that will make life easy. Get yourself a good self darkening helmet. I say good because you only get one set of eyes. Hard to put a price on your sight. Then there is the self darkening feature. Makes learning solo much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighwayTrout View Post
    If I had a couple grand burning a hole in my pocket no doubt my next welder would be a Miller Multimatic 200. Plus the Tig add on.

    Definitely pricey but if you are at all interested in learning 3 different processes this is a no brainier and a bargain. Im guilty of wasting tons of money on 3 different machines that still can't hold a candle to this one unit. And get 220 installed in your garage.

    So after all that. lol

    If you are interested in mig welders. Look up a few brands and see the difference in duty cycles and at what output the duty cycle is rated for. The duty cycle is the number of minutes out of 10 that you can weld without overheating the machine. Example 60% duty cycle allows 6 minutes of welding out of 10.
    You have to love the case on the Multimatic 200. Have you looked at the newer 215? Some people seem to be raving about it (on welding forums).

    The 215 is only a couple hundred $ more than the 211. I'm new to welding, would anything other than MIG be any good to me ? Or would I just confuse myself ?

    Can the 200 be used out on a trail ? If so It must take a lot of juice. You are right, it's pricy but that rugged case is nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandfrog View Post
    I did. Just bought the welder and got some scrap and started melting metal together. 8 years and a ton of projects later I consider myself a decent welder. One thing to save for that will make life easy. Get yourself a good self darkening helmet. I say good because you only get one set of eyes. Hard to put a price on your sight. Then there is the self darkening feature. Makes learning solo much easier.
    Absolutely. Do not skimp on the welding hood. When I started I used a $50 HF auto darkening hood. Worked fine for probably a year, then one day middle of a bead it just shut off. Like staring directly at the weld through sunglasses. Hurt like hell, and in lucky it didn't do permanent damage. After I got a good hood I was amazed at how much better my view of the puddle was, the whole time I had been (welding in the dark) for lack of a better term.

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    Oh ? Makes sense. I don't like to skimp on safety gear.. Some may laugh but I don't care. I will be using a respirator also.

    I will do some research on a good hood to get.. Perhaps I'll post my findings here.


    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuicksilverJK View Post
    Absolutely. Do not skimp on the welding hood. When I started I used a $50 HF auto darkening hood. Worked fine for probably a year, then one day middle of a bead it just shut off. Like staring directly at the weld through sunglasses. Hurt like hell, and in lucky it didn't do permanent damage. After I got a good hood I was amazed at how much better my view of the puddle was, the whole time I had been (welding in the dark) for lack of a better term.
    If you don't mind me asking, what hood did you end up getting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, what hood did you end up getting?
    I ended up with the Lincoln Viking series. My only complaint is that the grind mode is too sensitive, so it darkens out if you shoot too many sparks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf View Post
    Oh ? Makes sense. I don't like to skimp on safety gear.. Some may laugh but I don't care. I will be using a respirator also.

    I will do some research on a good hood to get.. Perhaps I'll post my findings here.


    Cheers.

    A respirator is smart and I also wear one religiously when welding/grinding. The fumes and dust are horrible.

    Like others also have said. Get a nicer auto darkening helmet. The cheapie 50 dollar hoods at harbor freight are junk and won't last long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf View Post
    Oh ? Makes sense. I don't like to skimp on safety gear.. Some may laugh but I don't care. I will be using a respirator also.

    Quote Originally Posted by HighwayTrout View Post
    A respirator is smart and I also wear one religiously when welding/grinding. The fumes and dust are horrible.
    Good point. I've started to as well on bigger jobs. Coughing up black shit for days got old real quick.

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