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Unread 09-22-2010, 05:46 PM   #1
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New Mig Time

Ok Everyone always asks what to buy I just want to hear from people who have welded with a miller 211 auto set I am looking to buy a new shop machine that is light enough to run flux core and do some field repairs around the ranch I know the duty cycle is a little low for a good shop machine but the weight and being able to wire feed instead of just stick off of my ranger 8 would be really nice and I can't buy two machines right now. So if someone has or has used one of these please tell me what your experiences where and what kind of welding you used it for.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 05:54 PM   #2
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I love my 211. It runs smooth, easy set-up, and welds upto 3/8". not to mention if you need to use it for 110, you just pop the plug off and and put on the 110 plug and your ready to go. Great machine and well worth the money
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Unread 09-22-2010, 06:16 PM   #3
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I have a 180 and wish I could have gotten the 211 but it didn't exist then. I have used one on many occasions and the thing is sawweeeeeeeet.
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Unread 09-27-2010, 08:42 AM   #4
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If I'm not badly mistaken, the Ranger 8 is a CV/CC machine. Why not just get a wire feed, mig gun and gas regulators for the unit? Would probably give a better duty cycle than running a MM211 off the generator. MM211 has a 30% duty cycle as I recall, and your Ranger 8 should have about a 60%DS. Then you'd be set up to do Stick/Mig/Tig in one unit. Just my .02...YMMV
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If I'm not badly mistaken, the Ranger 8 is a CV/CC machine. Why not just get a wire feed, mig gun and gas regulators for the unit? Would probably give a better duty cycle than running a MM211 off the generator. MM211 has a 30% duty cycle as I recall, and your Ranger 8 should have about a 60%DS. Then you'd be set up to do Stick/Mig/Tig in one unit. Just my .02...YMMV
This is true but you wouldn't want to run it all day long while working in the shop. He is looking for a shop based machine that will sometimes go out for some field work.

I like your idea but would hate to run a generator machine while fabing in the garage/shop.
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Unread 09-27-2010, 06:59 PM   #6
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Rusty:
the OP said "being able to wire feed instead of just stick off my ranger 8 would be really nice" which was the basis for my suggestion. I assumed the new Mig machine would be powered up by the ranger8. A MM211 would make a good garage unit, but with a 30% DS I'm not sure it's the best bet for a dedicated shop machine. I agree, I wouldn't want to fab all day running the generator in a garage or shop. For occasional use, I'd expect the MM211 to be more than adequate. It would be the best of both worlds...Mig when you can, stick when you must!

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