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  1. #1
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    Default millermatic 211 or 212 or 252

    I am looking at the 211 to do some light aluminum work, stainless and mostly mild steel.

    Question; is it worth the extra money to get the 212 (same specs except for increased duty cycle).

    Was looking at 252 but spool option is big increase in $$.

    Main uses are home fabrication for myself with small compact tractor implement work.

    I currently own a Lincoln sp170-T and a Canox sparkler AC/DC 225/150

    Was going to keep the stick but if 1 welder can replace the 2 I have I am open to that.

    Any and all positive opinions are welcome!

    Thanks

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    Sounds like the 211 is your best bet if the aluminum capacity fits your needs, if not the 252. For home use I doubt the duty cycle will matter much to you.

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    If you can swing it go for the 252 with the 30A.
    You cannot use amps you did not buy and the 30A is(in my opinion)the gold standard in spool guns.

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    Default millermatic 211 or 212 or 252

    The 211 suits my needs. Haven't overloaded the machine and if I need to weld thicker material than what my machine is rated I just make multiple passes. Ultimately you have to decide if you wanna pay the big bucks for a machine that you may never use the top end of it, being a home welder and All. Just my .2$.

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    Elaborate more on your light aluminum- Mig AL is really only good down to 16g

    SS- you'll need a Mix gas = $$


    A Tig machine might be a better option since you already have the SP170 T and the Stick machine to cover your Mild steel needs.

    Tig machine and a bottle of Argon will cover your Lite al and SS


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    Big dollar difference from211 to 252. For home hobby use I would definite say the 211. The dual voltage 110/220 may also be a worth while feature. It's a awesome machine and STILL IN REBATE PROGRAM.
    Once you have the 211 then save for a Miller 200/250 syncro. Now you'll have stick and tig. Then you can sell the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Precision View Post
    The 211 suits my needs. Haven't overloaded the machine and if I need to weld thicker material than what my machine is rated I just make multiple passes. Ultimately you have to decide if you wanna pay the big bucks for a machine that you may never use the top end of it, being a home welder and All. Just my .2$.
    1/4-3/8 aluminum. Anything thicker and I could bevel with multiple passes (within reason)

    I really want the 252 but realistically only need the 211.

    I can use the stick for SS also (does a really good job from what I remember)

    The TIG option would be very nice (Dynasty DX200) not really into the Diversion models.

    Will the 211 be a marked improvement in capacity/ability (besides aluminum with sp100)?

    Thanks

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    Default millermatic 211 or 212 or 252

    I agree 110% with BD1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Precision View Post
    I agree 110% with BD1.

    Thanks to all that replied.

    You have confirmed what I needed to hear that I only really need the 211 (even though that 252 would be saweet) but not for 3x the money!

    A TIG option may be something to look at in the future to replace the sparkler.

    How much could I get for the sp170-T? and for the Sparkler?

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    Default 3/8" al?

    The 211 will not get much penetration on 3/8" AL in a single pass weld. The 212 has a lot more top end (higher volts) then the 211. 15 foot gun also.

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