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    Considering a POWER I-MIG 200E and have a question

    I've been keeping my eye out for a MIG welder for around the house and was leaning towards a Hobart 201 MVP but the 200E for $550 is looking attractive.
    I will do some occasional aluminum welding but not enough to justify a spool gun. I notice Everlast doesn't recommend aluminum unless I purchase optional rollers where that isn't necessary with the Hobart.
    Am I understanding this correctly? And would I need to swap drive rollers back and forth?
    Thanks

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    Re: Considering a POWER I-MIG 200E and have a question

    I'd recommend the Power i-MIG 200. It is superior to both. But in comparison the 200E is a better performer as far as arc quality goes and much lighter to boot. Hobart has aluminum drive rolls too and recommends them as far as I know, unless you are talking with some sales person that doesn't have any in stock and trying to push one out the door. You should use them anytime you don't go with a spool gun. You should also use a polymer/teflon liner.
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    Re: Considering a POWER I-MIG 200E and have a question

    I considered the i-MIG 200 but didn't think the additional $200 was worth it for my use but I'm willing to listen as to why it may be.
    I'm a novice welder. I have a 4WD truck that I use for off roading that I need to do repairs on, weld on brackets, fabricate misc accessories, etc. I have a trail welder (Ready Welder - a portable battery operated MIG/wire feed welder) that I currently use but I'd like a real welder. I also have an aluminum boat that I periodically need to repair, weld on brackets, etc. And I was looking for dual voltage so I can use it around the house when it isn't practical to bring stuff to my workshop.
    I'm not in a big hurry - Is there a certain time of year that the iMIG 200 would go on sale?

    With regard to the Hobart - the manual didn't mention changing anything to use aluminum wire so I assumed that changing the drive roll wasn't necessary. But it makes sense that different a drive roll would be necessary for it also.

    So I would need a drive roll for aluminum wire plus an additional drive roll for flux core, correct?
    And what liner is shipped with the welder if it isn't polymer/teflon?
    Are the liner, drive rolls, and other consumables generic (i.e., will I be able to find them locally) or are they specific Everlast designs?

    Thanks

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    Re: Considering a POWER I-MIG 200E and have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by RKCRLR View Post
    I considered the i-MIG 200 but didn't think the additional $200 was worth it for my use but I'm willing to listen as to why it may be.
    I'm a novice welder. I have a 4WD truck that I use for off roading that I need to do repairs on, weld on brackets, fabricate misc accessories, etc. I have a trail welder (Ready Welder - a portable battery operated MIG/wire feed welder) that I currently use but I'd like a real welder. I also have an aluminum boat that I periodically need to repair, weld on brackets, etc. And I was looking for dual voltage so I can use it around the house when it isn't practical to bring stuff to my workshop.
    I'm not in a big hurry - Is there a certain time of year that the iMIG 200 would go on sale?

    With regard to the Hobart - the manual didn't mention changing anything to use aluminum wire so I assumed that changing the drive roll wasn't necessary. But it makes sense that different a drive roll would be necessary for it also.

    So I would need a drive roll for aluminum wire plus an additional drive roll for flux core, correct?
    And what liner is shipped with the welder if it isn't polymer/teflon?
    Are the liner, drive rolls, and other consumables generic (i.e., will I be able to find them locally) or are they specific Everlast designs?

    Thanks
    Also, are the MIG guns the same between the two welders?
    If one of the welders has an advantage when welding upside down I'd like to know about that also.

    PS I couldn't find an "Edit" button to edit my post even though I'm supposed to have permission to do so.

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    Re: Considering a POWER I-MIG 200E and have a question

    First, you have both digital display for volts and amps. Second you have inductance/Arc force control which improves arc quality and puddle wet in. And yes, that helps when welding over head or vertical. Third, you have 35% duty Cycle at 200 amps instead of 25% duty cycle at 180A. Fourth, it stick welds and does a fine job of it. Fifth, it is digitally controlled instead of the 200E which is only analog. Sixth, the wire feeder has more IPM capability.

    As far as the gun goes, the guns are the same.
    The liner sent is steel for steel and stainless. Liners are cheap, so are drive rolls in comparison.
    Some other brands use our drive rolls and liners/guns. Its easier to find drive rolls from us for 20.00 though.
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    Re: Considering a POWER I-MIG 200E and have a question

    Those all sound like good reasons for choosing the i-MIG 200 over the i-MIG 200E. But, then, under what conditions would the i-MIG 200E be an acceptable choice?
    Thanks

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