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Old 02-01-2020, 03:00 PM
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I've been using 200 amp lotos welders for a while and it's finally starting to have to issues when I was trying to create an outdoor grill in my backyard.

This finally did some research on a machine that will get the job done, the miller maxter definitely caught my eye. Walmart has it for such an expensive price compared to other sites I've seen but it seems to be out of stock. Some online welding review site also suggests it a few times. Since I couldn't find this model on the actual company website.

What would you suggest as the alternative for putting together my own steel grill just for family outings.

Note* my last lotos lasted me about 5 years and I didn't spend too much. I'm hoping for something that will last even long since I have more money to invest in somethind durable.

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Old 02-01-2020, 03:08 PM
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Also, I'm not very good at it, I just started trying to make my own appliances for fun since I've retired. I would appreciate it if it was beginner-friendly. I have loads of projects I want to work on!
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Old 02-02-2020, 02:27 AM
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Tig welders dont do so well in outdoor environments. What problems are you having?
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Find an old Lincoln tombstone. They live forever.
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No problem yet, I just thought of using a tig just like my last one, what would you sugget?
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:50 AM
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https://store.lincolnelectric.com/li...ails?sku=K1297


Are you referring to this one?
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MILLER ELECTRIC 907136 TIG Welder, DC, Maxstar 150 STH
I have one of these and LOVE it (it might have a different suffix). They are readily available at your local Welding Supply.
A lincoln "Tombstone" AC/DC is a waste of money IMO. AC is worthless in this machine.
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You could spend a LOT of money converting something that was never designed to be a TIG welder. As you know, there are plenty of Chinese TIG units, some that get very high ratings.

However, for my money, I prefer the "old school" transformer type TIG units. Yes, the inverter units can do all sorts of tricks. But the transformer units never fail. I have a Miller Syncrowave 180, the last of the "old school" welders. It's 25 or so years old and 2 days ago it still worked like new. The 180 has never needed a repair. It's not finicky like the newer units are. It just works.

You can sometimes find used Syncrowave 180's for a reasonable price in local sales. I paid $1200 for mine when new. It was worth every penny and has run thousands of feet of quality welds.

Are you 100% sure your welder can't be repaired?
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I just bought at auction a Lincoln CV-300 with LN7 feeder from surplus at a small job shop. Said to work. New skill to learn. Way back when, all we had in HS welding was Lincoln stick welders. My kids HS have brand new high-tech Millers so this boat anchor may be too old tech to interest them.

I know diddly about MIG/TIG/wire. But for $350 (w/most of a spool of wire) hardly can go wrong.
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Find an old Lincoln tombstone. They live forever.
I actually have one of those that is close to 50 years old with the copper coils, still runs strong and the only problem I have with it other than it is heavy as hell is the wheels froze up on it so if I want to move it I either have to pick it p and carry it or I have to make a little dolly with castor wheels on it. Also I don't have a dryer oven for my welding rods and my wife gets mad when I put them in the kitchen oven.
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I actually have one of those that is close to 50 years old with the copper coils, still runs strong and the only problem I have with it other than it is heavy as hell is the wheels froze up on it so if I want to move it I either have to pick it p and carry it or I have to make a little dolly with castor wheels on it. Also I don't have a dryer oven for my welding rods and my wife gets mad when I put them in the kitchen oven.
I put my miller stick welder n a HF furniture dolly- great in the shop, but not going to roll across dirt. I really like caster wheels on concrete. Both my 7x12 band saw, and stick welder store under a pallet rack.
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my tig is a Eastwood unit, works great, but serious over kill for building something like a grill IMO.

main unit I use is a Hobart MIG (HH175), had it about 15 years so far and built several trailers, log splitter, 2 grills and cooksets and a million other things...

also have a Lincoln tombstone but haven't used it in years. the MIG is by far the most versatile for me...
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