I know this is the age old question, Ford or GM, but I'm in the market for a welder in the size range of the Lincoln 180 DUAL or Miller 211 and I can't decide.
For those of you that don't already know, Lincoln has just come out with a response to the 211's dual voltage capability. It is a 180 machine with that same ability, difference being a separate cable, rather than a plug adapter.
I will be using the machine for a variety of operations. I would probably say that 3/8" Mat'L could be a possibility and I plan on getting a spool gun for aluminum either way I go. I know both machines are great and both brands are excellent, but I need to know, is the 30 Amps the 211 has over the 180 dual substantial enough to pay the extra dough.
I'm looking at a whole kit so the difference between the two brands with the machine, mask and spool gun is about $1650+ for the miller setup (with $75 rebate) (I’ve got to pay extra for gloves and a smock...etc.) or $1348 if I get the Lincoln 180 Dual and opt out of the $100 rebate for the Welding-gear pack which includes a mask, bag, gloves etc. I know I need the accessories and that weld pack is convenient, but I'm not sure the machine will meet my needs.
So you know, I'm in Canada. I've priced them out all over my area, there is no shipping cost and those prices include the 13% tax we have here. I'm not going to find a better price in my area and I doubt shipping from anywhere else would be better since the man is always screwing us with more tax, duty, brokerage nonsense... etc.
PLEASE HELP! ASAP
I'm in a bit of a hurry because the Miller rebate ends this week on Friday November 4, 2011.
All opinion are appreciated!