View Poll Results: Blue, Red, Beige or other (Welders of choice!!)

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  • Red (Lincoln)

    10 23.81%
  • Blue (Miller)

    24 57.14%
  • Beige (Hobart)

    2 4.76%
  • Combo (mixin' it up)

    5 11.90%
  • Other (Somebody's bound to be different)

    1 2.38%
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    Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    You know what I'm talking about. I'll add an other (is there anything else? )
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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    I'm a convert - I went from a Lincoln 135 to a Millermatic 210 MIG (added a Miller Syncrowave 180SD TIG also). Not sure what possessed me, but I sold the Lincoln - should have kept it for a portable option (I've had a need for a 110v portable welder 3 times now since I sold it - 2 were paying gigs)
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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    Well - so far, with two votes the consensus seems to be blue. You know me - I am just a blue kinda guy.

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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    I love that monstrosity of a TIG rig!
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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    Cebby, ......... It is somewhat difficult to really decide on Lincoln or Miller because, over the years, I have used both many times.

    I can't say anything bad about Miller or Lincoln. I owned a Lincoln, when I was working pipeline.

    In fact, out here on the west coast, if you showed up with anything but a Lincoln, chances are, you wouldn't make the weld test. On the pipeline I was working, for 2 years, there was only Lincolns. Actually, a few of the guys told me that they left their Millers at home and purchased a used Lincoln, just so they could get on the pipeline. Don't know what the problem was , but some places are hard core Lincoln.

    As for a shop enviroment, I think I'd go with Miller. This is what I have in my shop and have had great results. I have worked in shops that used either one or the other or a mixture of both, so basically, I think the bottom line was, when buying a unit, which one had the best price.

    From experience, using both brands and different models of each, for different types of welding, I'd really have to say it's a toss up. When I bought my Miller Dialarc 250 ac/dc, I was in the market for a Lincoln Idealarc ac/dc. Just so happened that someone contacted me and said that I could have their Miller for $200.00. After testing it real well, I bought it. The Lincoln I was looking at was priced at $400.00. The Miller is an older model, but it sure is one smooth running machine.

    There are some Aircos, still running around, with the owners being quite happy with them. In the past, I've used these units and have had good results.

    As for Hobarts, well that's a different story. Sorry, and I know there are guys out there that swear by them, but I've used them on very few occassions and each time, there was nothing but problems. Very seldom did I ever work in a shop, that had Hobarts and if they did, nobody would ever use them.

    I do prefer the color blue, but if I ever decide to change my mind, I guess I can always paint it red.

    I guess it just comes down to what YOU prefer personally and which brand gives YOU the best value and service, for your hard earned money.









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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    Well, I started welding on a Linde TIG machine, back when the process was popularly known as "heli-arc". Over the years I've used Lincoln, Miller, Airco, Linde and (I think) Hobart.

    They all seemed OK at the time and did what I wanted them to, most of the time, anyway.

    Right now I have a Lincoln Precision TIG 185 which I like a lot. One day I'll buy a water cooled torch kit, but for now it does a great job for everything I've thrown at it so far (except brass- couldn't get anywhere with that...).

    I think that most of the majors are pretty close. And I'd guess that even the lesser brands like HTP are decent for their intended use.

    I'd buy the same machine again if I had to.

    -Will

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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    I've used just about everything out there but when it comes to putting down my green. I put it on Blue! It's never let me down.
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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    Geez Bulldog, you've got A LOT of green in Blue!
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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?



    Scott
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    Re: Blue, Red, Beige, or Other - What is your welder of choice?

    Cebby,
    You know my wife says the same thing!
    The 1st pic is of the equipment out in the driveway. I get home from a plant that I work at in Scranton Penn. and all my welders were in the driveway. I thought my wife lost her mind and decided to have a garage sale. She says she was trying to surprise me by cleaning the shop up. The 2nd and 3rd are of the Trailblazer the night I picked it up.I don't have a pic of the 12RC yet. I just picked it up a week ago or so.By the way I sold the Bobcat 250NT thta's in the pic after I got the Trailblazer.
    Thanks,
    bulldog
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    MM-210
    MM-251
    MM-350P
    Spectrum 1000
    Syncrowave 250 DX
    W/Tig runner
    SuitCase 12RC w/meters
    Trailblazer 302

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