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  • LOL!!!! What a HORRIBLE first impression 180a mig!! How bout some QT?!?!

    So i've been saving for a mig for a few months now, I wanted something what was a known good product and something that would last me a LONG time! So I decided to buy a Miller 180 with auto set. Spend about $1000 on the machine, another $200 for the tank, and another $200ish for consumables clamps gloves etc... Get home today to do some welding and I can't even get the door open to put the wire in!!!! The latch is broken LOL!!!! I am so pissed WTF I can pop the latch from the front but I don't have anything long enough to do it with here at the house! I mean come on that's bull**** how about a little quality control??!!??!! Maybe I should take this thing back and get a off brand? Probably about the same quality control miller has! Sorry i'm sure it's going to be an o.k. machine but I spend $1500 sorta want the thing to be good to go out of the box... When I go to work tomorrow and people ask "so how do you like the new welder?" you better bet that I'm not going to have very many nice things to say to people.

    Ryan S.
    Fort Collins CO

  • #2
    Ok a latch is broke and you're going to piss and moan like that????
    How friggin shallow is that.

    Complain about it when it doesn't weld or wont power up but not when a simple latch is busted.
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    • #3
      Ummm... Ya because right now it DOESN'T WELD OR WORK I can't even get to that point in the process.... Get the Point??!?!? Ohhhh Maybe I should just bend the door out and pry it open ahhh good idea i'll get right on that! You just buy a new car almost out of gas go to fill it up latch won't open fuel door.... It's just a simple latch guna be pissed? It sorta leaves you stuck doesn't it???

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      • #4
        the machine probly left the factory just fine. the latch was more than likely broken while it was being shipped. miller welders are the best machines on the planet and the $1500 you spent on your machine is nothing compared to the amount of money that can be made with that machine. miller also offers the best service in the industry. im sure if you called miller and told them of your situation they would be more than happy to make good on it. maybe you should go to harbour freight and buy one of their welders... it may be more you speed. in case you havent noticed, every one on this forum takes pride in their equipment and their work

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        • #5
          I'm sure he'll simmer down once he runs a few beads with his new machine. Right now he's just a little worked up. It happens to us all from time to time.

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          • #6
            Ya, I'm sorry wasn't really trying to bash the performance of this machine in any way, I know it's going to be great and am sure I will love it. It's just I got the machine 2 day's ago, got tank and metal yesterday, got mask clamps gloves and stuff today, was just REALLY excited to do some welding on my FJ40. Doesn't help when my buddies where over here giving me **** and getting me worked up either. Sure I can wait a few more day's. Sorry for the pissie topic didn't mean to offend anyone.

            Ryan

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            • #7
              Dont feel bad

              Let me know when your going to go to get it replaced and we can both push our machine through the front doors... My Syncro 200 is ca ca too... ~sigh~
              Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

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              • #8
                Can you remove the Case? Seems like it has a couple screws holding it together.

                My little Plasma is like that- remove the screws and lift the case off with the carrying handle.

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                • #9
                  Ryan,

                  A couple of questions, first.

                  Did you buy it at a LWS and carry it out, or was it shipped to you direct?

                  If the former, truck it right on back and get a new one! It probably got broken at the LWS's shop.

                  If the latter, it is probably not Miller Electric's fault.

                  Either way, when the smoke clears, tell us what was up!

                  Hank
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                  • #10
                    Good lord, it is a stuck little plastic latch., Pop it open with a butter knife and get a new latch if need be. Life has bumps. If your work mates are like mine when they ask how is the new welder and you say "The plastic door latch was stuck and I could not weld" they are going to laugh their a$$es off.
                    Weekend wannab racer with some welders.

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                    • #11
                      Some people has issues with plastic
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                      • #12
                        Let's give Schony a break here. Most likely just out of high school and as we all know the current education system doesn't prepare their students for the real world. And he's probably not real good with hand tools either. Sure hope he doesn't expect the rest of his life and products in it will be 100% perfect--he has another think coming.

                        Wait till his welding isn't perfect and he blames the welder but not the weldor.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grumpy View Post
                          Let's give Schony a break here. Most likely just out of high school and as we all know the current education system doesn't prepare their students for the real world. And he's probably not real good with hand tools either. Sure hope he doesn't expect the rest of his life and products in it will be 100% perfect--he has another think coming.

                          Wait till his welding isn't perfect and he blames the welder but not the weldor.
                          Your statement is Funny, Sad , and True. He should return that broken welder get his money back, and Buy one online and get the SG100 with the MM180 for $1000. He over payed big time. HH187 is much cheap and of the same quality.

                          MM180 $611.11 plus $49.99 shipping Broken latch Shipping Damage
                          http://stores.ebay.com/Welding-Suppl...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

                          MM180 $773.77 free shipping
                          http://cgi.ebay.com/MILLER-MILLERMAT...742.m153.l1262

                          MM180 with auto Set/ Welding Cart/ Spoolgun SG100 $1025 shipped
                          http://cgi.ebay.com/MILLER-MILLERMAT...742.m153.l1262

                          HH187 $646.77 free shipping
                          http://cgi.ebay.com/HOBART-HANDLER-1...742.m153.l1262


                          HH210 $829.77 free shipping More power and still less then $1000
                          http://cgi.ebay.com/HOBART-HANDLER-2...742.m153.l1262

                          Or buy this cool welding cart cause it has a handle. I can't stand the cart miller sent with the MM180 so cheap and no handle. $136.87
                          http://cgi.ebay.com/HEAVY-DUTY-RUNNI...QQcmdZViewItem

                          I would be all over the first one and make my own cart for about $50.Its a great first project, and Buy the SG100 for $200 shipped.

                          Sorry to ruin his day but he paid way to much $$$$.

                          James
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by StillBoostin View Post
                            Your statement is Funny, Sad , and True. He should return that broken welder get his money back, and Buy one online and get the SG100 with the MM180 for $1000. He over payed big time. HH187 is much cheap and of the same quality.

                            MM180 $611.11 plus $49.99 shipping Broken latch Shipping Damage
                            http://stores.ebay.com/Welding-Suppl...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

                            MM180 $773.77 free shipping
                            http://cgi.ebay.com/MILLER-MILLERMAT...742.m153.l1262

                            MM180 with auto Set/ Welding Cart/ Spoolgun SG100 $1025 shipped
                            http://cgi.ebay.com/MILLER-MILLERMAT...742.m153.l1262

                            HH187 $646.77 free shipping
                            http://cgi.ebay.com/HOBART-HANDLER-1...742.m153.l1262


                            HH210 $829.77 free shipping More power and still less then $1000
                            http://cgi.ebay.com/HOBART-HANDLER-2...742.m153.l1262

                            Or buy this cool welding cart cause it has a handle. I can't stand the cart miller sent with the MM180 so cheap and no handle. $136.87
                            http://cgi.ebay.com/HEAVY-DUTY-RUNNI...QQcmdZViewItem

                            I would be all over the first one and make my own cart for about $50.Its a great first project, and Buy the SG100 for $200 shipped.

                            Sorry to ruin his day but he paid way to much $$$$.

                            James
                            See now you're just adding insult to injury.

                            Anyway though I would have fixed the darn thing myself and screw the warrantee. And if a warrantee issue ever did come up they could not reject a claim based on a busted and user repaired latch.
                            I've already voided the warrantee on my Syncrowave anyway I don't think they shipped it with a thirty foot cord
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                            • #15
                              Wow.

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