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    Maxstar 150 or CST280 For learning how to DC TIG

    Hello I am a machinist by trade but I do enjoy welding. I just wish I had enough spare time to devote to getting good at it... I have a Hobart Handler 140, Miller Maxstar 150 1st gen, Just picked up a CST280 in rough shape but working. Smith Oxy-Acet regulators and torches. Which of my 2 Millers would be better to learn how to DC TIG with? I have a "K" cylinder of argon but no foot controls so I will buy one for the welder that I will learn on. Id greatly appreciate your opinions on which will be better to learn on!

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    Re: Maxstar 150 or CST280 For learning how to DC TIG

    i got both. i dont plumb the gas through the 150 or use its timed selenoid. the 280 dont have the option. i like everything manual/external. it seldomly dont make much diff which i use, cuz most dc tig i do is under a 100 amps anyway

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    Re: Maxstar 150 or CST280 For learning how to DC TIG

    which maxstar? The S will not tig.

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    Re: Maxstar 150 or CST280 For learning how to DC TIG

    It is the original 150 with the metal wrapper.

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    Re: Maxstar 150 or CST280 For learning how to DC TIG

    Ahh, forgot about those. Little tanks

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    Re: Maxstar 150 or CST280 For learning how to DC TIG

    Whichever one you like better... Ideally one with a gas solenoid.
    You'll run out of amperage on thicker steel with the 150, so IMO the 280 would be better, but depends what you're wanting to do...
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    Re: Maxstar 150 or CST280 For learning how to DC TIG

    If that is your 150 setup , then just start tig welding. You really do not need a amp control for steel. Also, you may prefer a control at the torch and never use the purchased foot control.

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