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Looking for a portable welder so I do not have to start the gas burner and make so much noise. The Miller Maxstar 150 appears to be the machine to stick weld light materials . If more amps are required I can start the gas machine. Anyone has one of these welders and what rods have you burned with the machine? It appears the the 5p 6010 is a problem to weld with the inverter style machines.
05-22-2006, 01:01 PM
I have owned the Maxstar 140 STR and now I own the Maxstar 150 STH. I routinely burn 1/8 6010s and 3/32 7018s with it. I even burn the occasional 1/8 7018 with no problems.
Owning this size unit has drastically reduced the times I run the Trailblazer 301G. Not to mention, it's faster to set up and a lot quieter, which the customer and neighbors can appreciate.
MAC702 Thank you for your comments. I was hoping the machine would run 1/8 6010 and 3/32 7018 with out any problems. I will like the absence of the Ranger 9 engine noise while welding. Do you ever exceed the duty cycle running the 1/8 6010's? Have you ever used the machine to TIG?
05-26-2006, 10:25 AM
No, but I can keep the fan running!! I work slow, so my duty cycle is lower than the machine's.
I TIG with it often, mostly SS sheet metal.
05-27-2006, 09:24 AM
i own the maxstar 150 i usually burn 1/8 7014 with it..well when i try to strike an arc with 1/8 7080...i get a heavy amount of sticking...but i like the little thing it is very useful on the job site...much faster than rollin out 40 feet of cable
05-27-2006, 02:25 PM
when i try to strike an arc with 1/8 7080...i get a heavy amount of sticking...
7080 or 7018?
07-09-2006, 09:49 PM
I found that if you burn rod after rod of 1/8 5P, you can exceed the Duty rating, about 5-7 rods of straight welding.
It only take a few minutes to let the machines fan catch back up and then its off to the races again.
08-02-2006, 12:30 AM
I just fired up my new Maxstar 150 for the first time. I burned a couple of "easy strike" rods to test the machine. I own a Century 110v / 100amp
stick welder and a small 110v stick welder from Eastwood Restoration Products ( I believe this welder is from England - Its yellow and shaped like a large coffee can - also has carbon arc brazing attachments). The first thing I noticed was how much better the arc stability and penetration is on the Maxstar. I know that these other welders are really designed for hobby use but what a difference between the machines.
I purchaced this machine for light fabrication/ arts and craft items. I almost purchased the Thermal Dragster scratch tig but decided to go with the Maxstar so I wouldn't be limited in the future. I'll post an update once I give the tig functions a good flogging.
08-02-2006, 01:36 AM
WELCOME Antman! You did indeed purchase a PROFESSIONAL-class machine!! I don't know anyone with Lincoln's version, but my Maxstar does most of my Stick and TIG work, even on many of the mobile jobs when the Trailblazer is just itchin' to join in.
Find the Introductions forum and tell us a little bit about yourself and what kind of work you do. And post your location in your profile. We're nosy, and it helps when answering questions, or even asking them!
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