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    Default mm251 or 210 (see post for details)

    New to welding - first a few notes then question.

    building box tubing trailer (double decker for standup jet skis)

    using .188 (3/16) box tubing mostly
    some .120 wall tubing
    same for plate (if used)

    future projects

    now was reading up on the diff welders - amps vs metal vs duty cycles etc. cost too!

    was looking at the mm210 / 212.. found a 3 month (new) 251 from a shop forced to close - price is $1100 for the 251.. I am wondering how the 251 will fare on thinner stuff (1/8 and 3/16) and close corners/etc.. Should I get the 251 for the trailer and then get a passport/other down the road when I can find a deal.. or get the mm210 (is it perfect of the job at hand)! But a new mm210/212 is $1500 + tax approx!

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    Get the 3 month old MM251 for $1100. This is a no brainer to me. I don't see why it wouldn't do as well on thinner materials such as 1/8." You'll have more top end (1/2" in single pass) with the MM251. Both MM210/212 and MM251/252 have very good duty cycles which I really doubt you would ever exceed.

    Worse case.. if you don't like the MM251, you could sell it for more than what you paid and buy something else.
    Last edited by crawler; 11-11-2007 at 08:45 PM.
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    I agree with crawler. I wish I would of spent the extra cash and gotten the 251. Don't get me wrong the 210 is an extremely fine machine,,But,,,, Sortof like when I bought my plasma cutter. I figured the 375 would be fine, but after wrestling with some stainless plate I realized I should have gone with the 625. I sold the 375 and bought a 625 and in the first 10 minutes realized I made the right decision. More power!!
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    My 251 works GREAT on 1/8" metal. Buy it while it's cheap, that way you can do the big stuff when it comes up! BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!!!
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    I would also go with the MM251. I ran a Deltaweld 452 all day on thin stuff and thats a good sized mig and a sweet one at that...Bob
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