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    looking for new mig

    hello this is my first threan so please be patient. Looking to replace my miller 175 220volt mig with a bigger 250 amp class machine, problem is i like everything i see. Local supplier is kind of stuffy like you need a membership card or something. Like the pricesof the eswab 280 pro or htp 2400 but my miller has worked its butt of and miller support has been great but money is money. Anyone have any experience with these companies/machines lately.Thanks
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    Re: looking for new mig

    i don't know anything about the esab or htp but i still have and use my mm175 but i wanted more so i bought the mm252 with 30a spool gun and love the heck out of not having to disconnect one gun to connect the other. just pull the trigger on the gun i need.
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    Re: looking for new mig

    You might also keep a machine like the XMT304 with a feeder in mind. You can probably find a nice used machine and feeder for what a new dedicated mig in that class would run you. That would also give you the option of stick and DC tig if you added the other components. This is the way I'm leaning on upgrading my current mig.
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    Re: looking for new mig

    Thanks for the advice. I was considering a multi process machine like a used delta weld or the like in a 3 p-hase unit but that will wait till the new shop comes. Say jbmprods, is the wire feeder assembly as cheesy on the 252 as people say or are they just being pickey.
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    Re: looking for new mig

    Local supplier is kind of stuffy like you need a membership card or something.
    Cut him out and order over the internet. Indiana Oxygen was good to me, and others will chime in with their fave vendors.

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    Re: looking for new mig

    Thats kinda what I was thinkin no tax most places ship free just need to make sure I get a good machine. I am sure lws would really be happy to work on a machine bought somewhere else. Although the dealings i've had with miller I'm sure they would take care of me. Local doesn't even have a demo. Hard to talk weld shop only been miggin for a few years stickin for 15 but am pretty much self taught
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    Re: looking for new mig

    I have the MM252 and love it as well.
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    Re: looking for new mig

    the rollers are smaller than the Lincoln 255's but i wouldn't say they are cheesy. haven't had any feed problems so i guess i don't need a couple of 15" truck wheels to push they wire.
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    Re: looking for new mig

    As long as it works thats all that matters. The nay sayers are probably just looking for a reason to justify not owning something else.
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    Re: looking for new mig

    it all depends on your budget and use.

    Like DSW said, the XMT is a great machine. But to get the total set up you are going to spend some money.

    I have the Esab 275. I like it better than any of the Miller or Lincolns. IMO it is a 300A class machine. Not that they are bad because they are not. The Esabs have their drawbacks our way, namely consumables. I buy them in bulk, not too many up here have even heard of ESAB let alone use them. The drive wheels leave a little to be desired also.

    I know a lot of guys who have a 255 on their farm and love it. Same with the 252. All good machines, depends on your preference. The LWS's up here have them all set up and you can test out all of them and go from there.
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