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  1. #1
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    Smile miller Vs Hobart

    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?

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    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

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    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
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

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    That lil Maxstar 150 sure is cute
    Millermatic350P/Python, MillermaticReach/Q300
    Millermatic175
    MillermaticPassport/Q300
    HTP MIG200
    PowCon 300SM, MK Cobramatic
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    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

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    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!

    Hank
    ...from the Gadget Garage
    Millermatic 210 w/3035, BWE
    Handler 210 w/DP3035
    TA185TSW
    Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange

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    Default thanks guys

    thanks guys for your input.

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    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.

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    Now that is useful info

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    I hadn't noticed that, very interesting.
    at home:
    2012 325 Trailblazer EFI with Excel power
    2007 302 Trailblazer with the Robin FOR SALE
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