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Unread 03-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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I bought myself a new toy.... A nice big welder.

I'm in the middle of a 1-ton build after a Miata rear-ended me and caused some havoc in my modestly built, heavily hammered TJ build. One of the major hangups was my garage not having 220 and as I have plans at some point to tear down and re-build a larger garage, I couldn't justify the cost of wiring the garage just to eventually rip it back out.

My solution, a nice welder-generator.

So here is my new baby. An older (almost brand new) Miller Trailblazer 251NT. It came with a cover, the cart, TIG torch, gas hose and a good quality regulator. Finding a local industrial machine around 10 years old with less than 250 hours on the ticker was almost too good to be true. The guy I bought it from was pretty cool and I felt great about dealing with him. Bottom line, I spent close to the same money as I was going to on a brand new machine BUT I got a larger machine than I was planning on purchasing.





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Unread 03-15-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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Those are pretty good rigs, so what was the final price on it?
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Unread 03-15-2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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$2,800 beans. With all the extras and the low hours, I feel it was a good price.
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Unread 03-15-2013, 10:18 PM   #4
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That's not terrible, idk off hand what they retail but a good engine drive welder can make you money. Throw it on a trailer and have a mobile welding business. I picked up a similar deal about 5 years ago with a Millermatic 251 with dual cylinder rack, 300 amp profax, 50A spoolmatic, 500 amp ground the works with virtually no hours. Whopping $2,000 from the local college
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Unread 03-15-2013, 10:28 PM   #5
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That sounds like a steal!

A new Bobcat 250 or Trailblazer 275 or 302 is a decent coin over what I got this 251 for.

Given that it runs nice, lays a sweet bead and was 20 mins from my house I have no complaints.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 08:04 AM   #6
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That trailblazer is 10x the machine the Bobcat is, I really don't like the Bobcat series of engine drives from Miller.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
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That's pretty much what I read. A major contributing factor when I found the trailblazer, as to why I jumped on it.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 03:30 PM   #8
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Nice buy!
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