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    I understand that Miller and Hobart welders come off of the same assembly line. Is Hobart considered a homeowner grade, and Miller a professional grade? I want to get into tig welding. I wil beusing the tig welder to weld .083 chrome moly tubing no allummnun. Can anyone give me a good direction to go?

  • #2
    I don't think Hobart makes much in the way of good TIG units, i would go Miller. The budget path is the Sync 200 package. Lots of good for a very reasonable price.
    Dynasty 200 DX
    Millermatic 175
    Spectrum 375
    All kinds of Smith OA gear


    • #3
      miller and hobart are not on the same line, that said the max star 150 would take care of your needs. they have a nice ready to go package with it now. or the syncrowave 200 would be a good choice if you have the power to run it. the max star 150 will run off 120V low amp circuit. the syncro will need 240V and about 60 amp's. but it will give you more options for down the road as well as extra power on the top end.
      depending on your budget and your available power ?? this will make the biggest difference as any of Millers TIG units will do the job you want to do. just a question of how fancy you want to get..
      is it for home or shop work ?? what power do you have to plug it into ?? do you foresee any growth in your needs ?? what kind of $$ do you have to spend ?? and how tight is the budget, would a little more $$ be worth spending to get a bit more welder than is needed to allow for growth ??

      TIG is expensive, no way around that. just need to decide how much to invest and how long before you outgrow that investment.
      thanks for the help
      hope i helped
      feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat.
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      • #4
        That lil Maxstar 150 sure is cute
        Millermatic350P/Python, MillermaticReach/Q300
        HTP MIG200
        PowCon 300SM, MK Cobramatic
        ThermalArc 185ACDC, Dynaflux Tig'r, CK-20
        DialarcHF, Radiator-1
        Hypertherm PowerMax 380
        Purox oxy/ace
        Jackson EQC
        -F350 CrewCab 4x4
        -LoadNGo utility bed
        -Bobcat 250NT
        -Smith oxy/propane
        -Jackson EQC


        • #5
          So much for size mattering...
          Dynasty 200DX, first generation
          Makita 5" grinder
          Makita 14" abrasive saw
          IR SS5L compressor
          Whole bunch of hand/air tools.
          and a wish list a mile long


          • #6
            Hobart's factory is in Troy, OH; Miller's is in Appelton, WI.

            Generally, the Miller line is a more robust, industrial duty rated product, but there are a lot of nice offerings from Hobart, too.

            I have had the opportunity to run the Handler 210 and the Millermatic 210 side-by-side, and for anything within the ratings of the two machines, it's hard to tell the difference. Actually, I like the arc start on the Handler a little better!

            ...from the Gadget Garage
            Millermatic 210 w/3035, BWE
            Handler 210 w/DP3035
            Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange


            • #7
              thanks guys

              thanks guys for your input.


              • #8
                Miller and Hobart both make good equipment, however, Miller is designed and rated more industrial. For example, the outputs of Miller equipment are rated at 104 F, Hobart is rated at 86 F.
                Have a great day!

                John Leisner
                Product Manager
                Miller Electric Mfg. Co.

                Owner and user of:
                Trailblazer 302 and Legend 301
                Smith Dual Guard oxy-fuel system
                Various borrowed Millermatics and Spectrums.


                • #9
                  Now that is useful info

                  Miller Dynasty 700...OH YEA BABY!!
                  MM 350P...PULSE SPRAYIN' MONSTER
                  Miller Dynasty 280 with AC independent expansion card
                  Miller Dynasty 200 DX "Blue Lightning"

                  Miller Bobcat 225 NT (what I began my present Biz with!)
                  Miller 30-A Spoolgun
                  Miller WC-115-A
                  Miller Spectrum 300
                  Miller 225 Thunderbolt (my first machine bought new 1980)
                  Miller Digital Elite Titanium 9400


                  • #10
                    I hadn't noticed that, very interesting.
                    at home:
                    2012 325 Trailblazer EFI with Excel power
                    2007 302 Trailblazer with the Robin SOLD
                    2008 Suitcase 12RC
                    Spoolmatic 30A
                    2009 Dynasty 200DX
                    2000 XMT 304
                    2008 Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52
                    Sold:MM 251
                    Sold:CST 280

                    at work:
                    Invision 350MP
                    Dynasty 350
                    Millermatic 350P
                    Retired:Shopmaster 300 with a HF-251


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Miller John View Post
                      Miller and Hobart both make good equipment, however, Miller is designed and rated more industrial. For example, the outputs of Miller equipment are rated at 104 F, Hobart is rated at 86 F.
                      Hobart doesn't even make industrial equiptment. Hobarts most powerful machine is only 250 amps! Miller has machines capable of over 600 amps. And sub arc machines up to 1000 Amps.