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    Default challenger 172

    What thickness of carbon steel will the Challenger 172 do ? I have buddy trying to sell me his but I don't know anything about this welder. I am interested but would like to know specs. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOE WAYNE View Post
    What thickness of carbon steel will the Challenger 172 do ? I have buddy trying to sell me his but I don't know anything about this welder. I am interested but would like to know specs. Thanks
    Here is a link to the manual..

    http://www.millerwelds.com/om/o1318f_mil.pdf

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    Only 4 taps and they are really far apart. Using fluxcore you might do decent 1/4" steel at the most. Using C25 gas you would be maxed out about 3/16". If it is in great working shape offer $300 at most. It is built like a tank with lots of individual components, some of which may no longer be available. A Hobart 190 probably welds much nicer. My 210 Hobart has far better arc starts than the cold things with the 172.
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    I disagree. Early Challanger 172 units had 6 taps and were great machines. I regret selling mine.

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    I think they must have made 2 types. I have a Miller Challenger 172 that has 4 taps from about 1999. I've have enjoyed mine, but don't know how it compares as it's the only mig I've ever used. If I were looking now, I would look at the Hobart 210.
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    Default 4 taps

    My grandfather and I bought 1 in 1999 +/- a year. Still have the machine. Ok arc, just far apart on the taps. Used the same selector switch as the MM90. Challenger replaced by a 130 I believe. This is when they used the rated output for a name. 90 amps 20% duty cycle now called a 140. older 130 or 135 now called a 180.
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