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.
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Thread: Trailblazer 302
10-23-2012, 06:06 AM #1Junior Member
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10-23-2012, 08:10 AM #2Senior Member
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- asheville n.c.
I own one and love it
10-23-2012, 08:17 AM #3Senior Member
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- S.W. Missouri
10-23-2012, 08:16 AM #4
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.
10-23-2012, 09:28 AM #5
10-23-2012, 04:42 PM #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
10-23-2012, 05:51 PM #7
10-23-2012, 06:15 PM #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 at 06:19 PM.
10-24-2012, 07:28 AM #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
Lincoln LN-25 Pro
XR-Aluma Pro Gun
Spectrum® 625 X-TREME™
Thermal Dynamics® Cutmaster® 52
Victor Oxy/Acetylene Set
10-24-2012, 11:44 AM #10
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
WeldCraft WPseries TIG torch
Smith oxy set.