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  • Trailblazer 302

    Hello everyone,
    I'm new to the forum. I've been a Journeyman Welder for 10 years now. I have always been a shop welder. I'm now looking to expand my business outside my shop walls. I am looking at portable units now. I have found a really new(52hrs) Trailblazer 302 gas. I was wondering if anyone out there has anything bad to say about these machines. I really don't know much about engine driven welders, so I wanted to hear what you guys have to say about it. What to look for etc.
    Thank you in advance for your time.

  • #2
    I own one and love it

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    • #3
      Excellent machine. Mine has the Subaru in it. What engine ?? I would stay with Kohler or Subaru. Not sure if the 302 used a Onan , but parts are getting hard to get from what I read for Onan.
      The generator part is awesome. I can run all the necessities in my house with it. Not sure on fuel consumption, but I would say you could figure almost a gallon a hour.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by beamwalker View Post
        I own one and love it
        Same here.
        Trailblazer 302
        Lincoln SP-135-T
        Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
        Smith torch
        Spoolmatic 30A

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BD1 View Post
          Excellent machine. Mine has the Subaru in it. What engine ?? I would stay with Kohler or Subaru. Not sure if the 302 used a Onan , but parts are getting hard to get from what I read for Onan.
          The generator part is awesome. I can run all the necessities in my house with it. Not sure on fuel consumption, but I would say you could figure almost a gallon a hour.
          huh, that ONAN was picked up by Subaru, and that Subaru was picked up by Cummins now. Same engine, Same parts....

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          • #6
            guess it depends on what kind of work you are looking to do.

            I have a TB 302 with the Subaru, i love this machine as well, it is excellent for lots of different stuff, Stick , MIG and TIG on carbon, stainless or aluminum. It also have a strong generator if you need it. With some attachments it can do just about anything you could throw at it. its kinda a swiss army knife type machine. If i was running day in/out id look to a diesel though, probly the pro 300 or 350 pipepro in the blue ones or the Vantage series if you like the red ones.
            I have a welding addiction

            ...the only stupid question is the one you didn't ask

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cruizer View Post
              huh, that ONAN was picked up by Subaru, and that Subaru was picked up by Cummins now. Same engine, Same parts....
              Wow, I never heard this before. I thought Subaru was a complete different
              manufacture. When did Miller start with the Subaru ? Just curious.

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              • #8
                1920 - Onan started in business.
                1925 - They purchased 25 model FE engines from Briggs & Stratton.
                1927 - They built a ten light generator.
                1930 - The first engine was built.
                1932 - The first Gen Set was produced.
                During World War II, Onan supplied 85% of the military generators.
                1946 - The Onan Corporation was formed.
                1960s - Studebaker purchased Onan and introduced the J series air-cooled engine.
                1975 - Hawker Siddeley bought 33% of Onan.
                1979 - McGraw Edison bought 67% of Onan from Studebaker.
                1985 - Onan now has 92.3% of the Recreational Vehicle market.
                1986 - Cummins Engine Co begins the acquisition of Onan Corp.
                1992 - Cummins Engine Co completes the acquisition of Onan Corp.
                1997 - Onan closes its Huntsville engine manufacturing plant and sells their tooling and technology to Linamar Corp of Canada.
                1997 - Linamar starts producing Performer and Elite engines for Onan in a new plant in Guelph, Ontario.
                2000 - Onan contracts with Fuji/Robin to manufacture their OHV EH64 Horizintal V-twin engine for Onan for the welder industry.
                2003 - Linamar stops producing Performer engines for Onan and Onan exits the small gasoline engine business.
                2004 - Fuji/Robin stops making Onan branded engines for the welder market and transitions to making Suburu/Robin engines for the welder industry.
                2005 - Linamar stops producing two cylinder Performer engines sold under the Linamar name. 2007 - Onan changes it name and Logo to Cummins Onan
                Last edited by cruizer; 10-23-2012, 06:19 PM.

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                • #9
                  I love mine too. But I'd rather have a TB325 Air-Pak if/when they make one. Just for the things it can do at idle.
                  Lincoln Vantage 400
                  Trailblazer® 302 Air Pak™

                  Miller Dynasty® 350
                  Millermatic 350P Aluminum
                  Millermatic® 252
                  Syncrowave 351
                  Lincoln LN-25 Pro

                  Multimatic™ 200

                  XR-Aluma Pro Gun
                  Diversion™ 180

                  Spectrum® 625 X-TREME™

                  Thermal Dynamics® Cutmaster® 52
                  Victor Oxy/Acetylene Set

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                  • #10
                    Have one and i love it, but there is a new TB325 i would take a look at it before i purchase the TB302.

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                    • #11
                      trailblazer

                      Love mine glad I bought it. I was looking at getting a ranger.but my lws said the miller customer service was by far the best out of the two. Anyway I got the kohler in mine and love it.
                      ARMOR
                      MOBILE WELDING&SERVICES
                      Trailblazer 302
                      X-TREME 12VS
                      Spoolmatic 30A
                      Millermatic 135
                      WeldCraft WPseries TIG torch
                      Smith oxy set.

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                      • #12
                        tb325

                        Is the new 325 a ac/dc unit I skimmed threw the on line info but don't remember
                        ARMOR
                        MOBILE WELDING&SERVICES
                        Trailblazer 302
                        X-TREME 12VS
                        Spoolmatic 30A
                        Millermatic 135
                        WeldCraft WPseries TIG torch
                        Smith oxy set.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by armor View Post
                          Is the new 325 a ac/dc unit I skimmed threw the on line info but don't remember
                          From all I read DC only. I really had my hopes up and was going to try to swing one but that ruined it for me.

                          O well I probably will keep my TB302 it still works perfect and has AC. Don't use AC real often but it is nice when you need it.
                          Trailblazer 302
                          Lincoln SP-135-T
                          Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
                          Smith torch
                          Spoolmatic 30A

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                          • #14
                            Just looked on the Miller product listing and it appears that the TB302 is no longer available.

                            Can't believe that!!! Guess I better take good care of mine.

                            Also the new TB325 is only available with a Kohler! Things are going downhill fast. Just my opinion.
                            Last edited by shortarc; 10-24-2012, 07:12 PM.
                            Trailblazer 302
                            Lincoln SP-135-T
                            Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
                            Smith torch
                            Spoolmatic 30A

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                            • #15
                              The 302's are being discontinued as of 2013, in favour of the 275 and 325.

                              Actually I don't think you can even order one now

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