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    Default Syncro 200 question?

    Most of you guys know I'm a shop owner and have a couple of great guys working for me that really excel with tig (Thank God). And I have further said and as you may also know that, I suck at tig. In fact on a good day I would have to improve just to suck! However, and unless my guys are hiding out in this forum, I've kind of kept it a secret. As far as mig, stick and O/A are concerned, I consider myself the grand gasser. So on to the question, I have 2 tigs in my shop that I never use and want to get one to take home and practice with to show the boys I can tig in the event they don't already know I suck. Both my machines at the shop are Syncro's (250 & 350) and I guess they are water cooled. I'm considering getting the 200 (air cooled) which is O.K. with me as I won't be burning it up. Except for the fact the syncro is bulker, it appears to have all the features i.e.. AC/DC tig & AC/DC P-tig and of course the same with stick. it seems to have more features than it's brother the Maxstar and costs less. What am I missing here?

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    The maxstar's are inverter machines. Portable, small = expensive.
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    that about covers it. you have a little more adjust ability with the inverters but you can learn and produce excellent welds with the syncro200.
    the biggest advantages to the inverters are input amp requirements, frequency adjust ability and usually higher pulse rates over the syncro200. with that said miller really stepped up from the syncro180 when they went to the syncro200 they did it up nice. great first welder if you can power it at home. i had to go inverter due to power available to me at my shop. 30amps was pushing it. no way i could have given 60+ amps to feed a transformer type TIG welder. the space savings was not as much as you might think after adding a cart the footprint is not much smaller, but its a lot lighter so easy-er to move around. i did make a large cart to allow for adding a cooler later, so the large size was by choice.
    thanks for the help
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    hope i helped

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    go with the dynasty 200 dx i love mine it plugs into any outlet
    1 or 3 phase Great stick welder too and if u want to take to
    the shop just put it in your front seat
    its cost more but you will never be sorry you u paid the extra
    money i got mine at cyberweld for $2500 no tax no shipping

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    I believe the Maxstar is only DC. If you never weld aluminum it would be good. Otherwise buy the Dynasty, just my opinion. I have the SW180, the SW200 replaced it, really nice.
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    yep the max-star is DC only.(Dyn is AC-DC) given the choice of the max-star or syncro200 i would go syncro200 no question. syncro is AC-DC. i missed the part where you called the max a AC-DC sorry about that.
    choice of Dyn 200 or syncro 200 ??
    if $$ is not a problem go Dyn 200 . easier to power, way portable, added adjust-ability, way easier to move around the shop.
    thanks for the help
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    hope i helped

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    The debate between transformers and inverters has been played out so many times, but there are always people who seem to glaze over the obvious...

    If you do primarily AL, or other AC processes: Inverter machine is the way to go.

    If you do steel, or primarily run DC processes: Transformer is the way to go.

    The DC arc voltage on a transformer machine is much higher than an inverter. That means you will get a better arc and more heat from the same "amperage." It translates to more "watts" in the puddle.

    The wave shaping and balance options of an inverter blow a transformer away on AC. You pay extra for that with the inverter. You lose out on DC performance for it as well.

    Blanket statements like "if you have the money, get ______" are asinine.

    They wouldn't sell transformer machines if there wasn't good reason to be using one over an inverter. Transformers cost a lot to make (looked at copper lately?) and distribute (suckers are heavy, and miller has to pay shipping to the dealers). They also occupy a lot of production space with how big they are and such.
    Syncrowave 250DX
    Invison 354MP
    XR Control and 30A

    Airco MED20 feeder
    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
    Smith O/A rig
    And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

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    my thoughts on if you have the $$ go dyn. is they are a better fit for the home shop IMO. space is usually an issue, power is shared with the house in most cases. so the inverter's lower draw is an advantage. but you are correct they are not the fit all applications answer. just essayer to accommodate on many levels. nothing against the syncro's, if i could have powered one it would be in my shop now instead of the TA-185. although if i had the $$ it would have been a Dyn.
    it really comes down to what you want out of it and what you have to offer it. aether one is an excellent choice.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

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    Default Makes sense now!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishy Jim View Post
    The debate between transformers and inverters has been played out so many times, but there are always people who seem to glaze over the obvious...

    If you do primarily AL, or other AC processes: Inverter machine is the way to go.

    If you do steel, or primarily run DC processes: Transformer is the way to go.

    The DC arc voltage on a transformer machine is much higher than an inverter. That means you will get a better arc and more heat from the same "amperage." It translates to more "watts" in the puddle.

    The wave shaping and balance options of an inverter blow a transformer away on AC. You pay extra for that with the inverter. You lose out on DC performance for it as well.

    Blanket statements like "if you have the money, get ______" are asinine.

    They wouldn't sell transformer machines if there wasn't good reason to be using one over an inverter. Transformers cost a lot to make (looked at copper lately?) and distribute (suckers are heavy, and miller has to pay shipping to the dealers). They also occupy a lot of production space with how big they are and such.
    Like I said in my original post, we have both the syncro 250 & 350 and I purchased these machines on the advice of my guys (who are the one's that use them). Power is not an issue for our 800 amp shop or my 600 amp home and I guess the reason my guys opted for the syncro's is because 80% of our work is steel (Railings and gates) Hence the transformer with more DC power than the inverter as you explained makes sense in our shop. Portability is not required either so I guess the syncro's are a good choice for the shop. As far as I'm concerned I think I'll go for the syncro 200 for my home garage as both portability and power are not a concern and I only play with Al.

    Thanks all for the great feedback. a 25 year vet learning new tricks! I will learn to tig, I will learn to tig, I will learn to tig..........................

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    Cool the sync200

    with your O/A background you should pick it up fairly fast.
    for me i learned more from out of position, so try a little fairly soon. i built a cart for my welder out of aluminum. its much easy-er to see what the puddle is doing. it will give you a better idea of how the hole thing is working.............or it could really tick ya off. so don't get stressed over it, you will find your grove and be a great TIG'er. just don't rush it. good luck, keep us posted.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

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