Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite
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  1. #1
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    Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    Similar price. Any thoughts or preferences?

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    hobart is only ac-dc bobcat is ac-dc and cc-cv

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    I am also interested in opinions on these two machines. Not just capabilities, but also arc quality, durability, and overall quality.
    Looking for an Oxweld CW-400!


    IAMAW Local 330
    Airco 300 AC/DC Heliwelder
    Airco Dip-Pak 200 with Profax spool gun
    Airco MiniArc 130
    Speedglas 9100xx
    Oxweld, Purox, Victor torches
    Lincoln Ranger 8 (For Sale)

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    tractor supply has the hobart for $3299 and
    cyberweld.com has the bobcat for $3154
    unless you can get the hobart $400 less
    than the bobcat i dont see why you would
    go with hobart

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    I plan on adding a high freqency unit to the welder for TIG, so should I only be looking at Miller and Lincoln? If so, what is the best portable welder that I can get for under $3,500.00? Where can I find the best deals online if I can't get a good price locally? Also, what specific models should I be looking at?

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    Cyberweld for miller
    weldfabous for Lincoln

    for 100 more you could have a Lincoln ranger 305g or a miller trailblazer
    275 dc. The miller would not meet you HF needs though.

    Buy online and you can avoid tax and almost always get free shipping
    on the machines.

    I'd avoid the Hobart and seriously get the 305g. It's got nice arc
    charachteristics and a full digital temp display. Vey nice machine.

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    Thanks very much!

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    Buying online always brings up some thoughts in my feeble mind

    You might save a little.........ok

    BUT...........

    When buying from your local welding supply you have some percs

    1. The freight damage is their problem

    2. Incomplete packages/units again their problem

    3. Customer support is a mega plus. There's someone to at when the thing quits working and still under warranty.

    4. Repairs after warranty are easier when you deal face to face with the dood who sold you the welder. He generally has a person he deals with who's reputable.

    5. And the dood's happy to see you again. (Unless you're like me). He wants to keep your business because he knows you'll be buying a LOTTA stuff over the years.

    6. If you're unfamiliar with the machine, or new to the whole thing, the LWS will be a very good source of info.

    All the above applies to a GOOOOOOOD LWS, I know there's some bad ones out there.
    "Any day above ground is a good day"

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    (and you get free donuts at the LWS)


    sometimes
    "Any day above ground is a good day"

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    You're right FarmerSam. I'm going to check out locally first. If he can match or beat online prices then it'll be worth the $250.00 in tax I have to spend. Shipping is around $80.00 online, so I spend $170.00 more I guess if my local dealer can match the price. Worth it in my opinion.

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    Re: Miller Bobcat 225 vs. Hobart Champion Elite

    sorry sam ive bought my mm251 dynasty 200dx
    spectrum 375 30 a spoolgun victor torch set
    and more from cyberweld.com its shipped
    to my door for free and no tax i went to my lws
    and ask if they could match the price NO
    and if you need repairs done a certifed miller
    miller repair shop will do the work (if under want.)
    because they get paid by miller just like a car want.
    infact they get paid more, if no want. you pay
    for repairs last time i went to my lws other than
    for gas i needed a victor rose bud it was $150
    i needed it that day if i coulded waited it would
    have cost $65
    Last edited by ed mac; 05-06-2010 at 11:37 PM.

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