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Old 10-05-2017, 06:47 PM
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There just isn't enough cost difference to buy the Vulcan even though it is on sale for $749.

I have a Lincoln Ranger 8 stick welder that is powered by a 20hp Command. Great welder if I wanna build a bridge or high rise building.

I've been doing a bunch of thinking about what to do.

-- Do I need a multi process welder with the Lincoln that I have?
-- I've never Tig welded and don't know if I will but it looks a lot like silver soldering that we do a lot at work so I think it would be pretty cool to do.
-- Mig is probably what I will do most, I think.

Here is what I've narrowed it down to but still have a bunch of questions.

Millermatic 212 Auto-Set Mig welder.

-- Miller seems to have a very good reputation and I'm kind of leaning that way.

Esab

-- The Rebel EMP 215ic looks nice but it is multi process and made in China but I'm not sure that is a bad thing.

-- I really like the ESAB Fabricator 252i but I think it is being phased out of production and Esab is pushing the Rebel in its place.



I kind of quit asking questions about welders on here cause I've been kicking this purchase around for a long time and I know as my dad would say "it's time to $hit or get off the pot".
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:09 AM
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There just isn't enough cost difference to buy the Vulcan even though it is on sale for $749.

I have a Lincoln Ranger 8 stick welder that is powered by a 20hp Command. Great welder if I wanna build a bridge or high rise building.

I've been doing a bunch of thinking about what to do.

-- Do I need a multi process welder with the Lincoln that I have?
-- I've never Tig welded and don't know if I will but it looks a lot like silver soldering that we do a lot at work so I think it would be pretty cool to do.
-- Mig is probably what I will do most, I think.

Here is what I've narrowed it down to but still have a bunch of questions.

Millermatic 212 Auto-Set Mig welder.

-- Miller seems to have a very good reputation and I'm kind of leaning that way.

Esab

-- The Rebel EMP 215ic looks nice but it is multi process and made in China but I'm not sure that is a bad thing.

-- I really like the ESAB Fabricator 252i but I think it is being phased out of production and Esab is pushing the Rebel in its place.



I kind of quit asking questions about welders on here cause I've been kicking this purchase around for a long time and I know as my dad would say "it's time to $hit or get off the pot".
Miller is King of the Hill around here! That 212 is a very nice machine.. I have a neighbor that has that exact unit!

I have been eyeballing a 211 Miller for a while now.. I want one bad.. The inverter technology is sooo smooth and will run off of 120V or 240V.. plus it only weighs 40lbs..

I am with you! It's time for me to do the same or get off the pot!!
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:54 PM
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Miller is King of the Hill around here! That 212 is a very nice machine.. I have a neighbor that has that exact unit!

I have been eyeballing a 211 Miller for a while now.. I want one bad.. The inverter technology is sooo smooth and will run off of 120V or 240V.. plus it only weighs 40lbs..

I am with you! It's time for me to do the same or get off the pot!!
Just like my Hobart 210 MVP right? Hobart is owned by Miller I believe. They are priced a little better I think. I have been very happy with mine for sure
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Well, I puled the trigger on an ESAB Fabricator 252i Package with Single Cylinder Cart & Tig torch with foot control. I ordered it from Welder Supply Company but didn't receive it yet because they had to order it from Esab. I didn't even look for it locally because the local welding shops want to charge $300 to $500 more and act like you are being a pain in their arse for being in their store and asking questions.
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I think you made a good choice. ESAB is a top notch machine. Never used one I didn't just absolutely love. Looking forward to the review!
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Well, I puled the trigger on an ESAB Fabricator 252i Package with Single Cylinder Cart & Tig torch with foot control. I ordered it from Welder Supply Company but didn't receive it yet because they had to order it from Esab. I didn't even look for it locally because the local welding shops want to charge $300 to $500 more and act like you are being a pain in their arse for being in their store and asking questions.
ESAB is a great machine! you will enjoy it for years to come.. My local Miller dealer also sells ESAB. Too bad your local guys aren't helpful.. I am fortunate to have very knowledgeable and helpful guys at my local shop... But they are all nearing retirement age... not sure what I will do when they are gone.. the new generation... I'm not so sure about them
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Good machine with excellent duty cycle, no MVP but at 65lbs who wants to carry that all day long anyway! The only problem I can remember was the TIG foot control but it was long ago when they were sold under the Thermal Arc brand since then Colfax Corporation rebrand them 2 times and made few changes.

Let us know how it work for you.
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I was looking at the Rebel and that is what they are pushing now but I don't need anything mobile and wanted a single 230 volt input. Maybe those 2 things will keep the 'Hey, can I borrow that" from happening + it will only be used in the shop.
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I was looking at the Rebel and that is what they are pushing now but I don't need anything mobile and wanted a single 230 volt input. Maybe those 2 things will keep the 'Hey, can I borrow that" from happening + it will only be used in the shop.
Good thinking
I grab my 18Lbs ESAB MiniArc for "Job on the fly" but no borrower is allowed to be less then 100' from it.
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