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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    Default 15 foot lead on a 211?

    I priced one $195 yikes, but does it work well with .030 wire??

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013


    For what its worth,at the later part of the last century I use to run a little 90 amp Miller SideKick off my Miller Big 40. I had a Tweco 400 20' gun plugged into that SideKick and ran .030 through it,but it did struggle at times to push that thinner wire if the cable/hose was halfway straight.Worked great for combine repair.Funny I just scrapped that Sidekick last year,tough little welder.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Ocala Fl.


    I have asked this be for and I am told that the drive motors in the 211 will not hold up to a 15' gun. I have not seen a post here or on other forums from some who has a 15' gun an a 211. I now have a MM252 and use the 211 for small bench work, but it still would be nice to have a 15' gun on my 211.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009


    i ran 15' bernard 180 guns on my last 2 MM140 welders. no problem whatsoever.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Edmonton, Alberta


    You'll require a single knurled drive roller to do it. And it seems kinda pointless for such a light machine, that you can move closer to the work.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Memphis, TN 38133, USA, Earth, Milky Way


    I genuinely don't know what I'm talking about, so this is a real question:

    Can the SpoolMate be used with steel wire & a normal copper tip? I understand that the spoolgun is required because the drive in the machine won't push weak thin Aluminum thru the lead tube. And I understand that a normal MIG gun is smaller, lighter, & more ergonomic than a spoolgun when the wire is stiff enough to use a remote drive. But is there any reason a spoolgun CAN'T be used with steel wire? Is the programming in the machine for the weld parameters different for the spoolgun to cater to Aluminum, making it unsuitable for steel? Of course, I'm talking about leaving the 75/25 gas hooked up...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Salem ,Ohio


    Yes the spool gun will take steel wire with the same tip. I have run dozens of rolls thru mine. I found to have a spare set of drive rollers for steel because the groove will wear and then it won't feed aluminum....Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    fowler mi


    I run a 15 ft benard gun on my MM211 since i bought it in 2009 no problems. I had a MM challenger i bought in 1997 and ran 15 ft guns on it, also its owned by a custormer of mine now he runs .030 solid wire through has no problems. Both welders i used the knurled drive wheels as i only run flux core wire. Moving the welder is not a option sometimes when you need to go up.

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