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    Lincoln or Miller

    I have the opportunity to purchase either a new Lincoln 225 welder/generator with the factory 3 year warranty or a used 2yr old Miller Trailblazer 302 LP rental unit from CeeKay welding with 603 hours and factory warranty until 2/12. I would like the experts input on which you would recommend. I mainly do ornamental work, but would like to be able to put a welder/generator on a trailer and do some mobile work. The price of both are within a few dollars of eachother. I have a shop to do the majority of my work, but would nice to be able to go mobile every now and then.
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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

    Given the choice between the two machines, If the price is right, you do a lot of field work and the machine has been properly maintained/LP is readily available, I would pick up the used miller. If you do a lot of ornamental work in the shop, you might almost consider a wire feeder as opposed to the 225.
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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

    I loathe carbs, despise fecal modern so-called "gasoline", and second the LP choice.

    You could run the machine outside the shop and run a feeder inside the shop if you like. l leave my ESAB 450 inside my ISO container and use a voltage-sensing Hobart Hefty feeder in the small shop next to it.

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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

    Depends on the price difference. IF the Lincoln was THAT MUCH cheaper, then maybe. Otherwise, there is no comparing those two machines.
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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

    I can get the used Trailblazer with the running gear for $200 less than the basic Lincoln 225.

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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

    jsm11. Looks like you're a little bias. Why do you like your TB?

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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

    I would go with the TB. Alot more power. More aux. power. Every one just raves about them.
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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

    trailblazer is the way to go

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    Re: Lincoln or Miller

    the trailblazer 302 offers more process options than the lincoln, along with more generator power. it would be a no-brainer for me.
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