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    I was in the LWS and was pricing out the Shopmate and 350. I'm not sure which one, but sounds like I can't go wrong either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portable Welder View Post
    Railman, I'm surprised your saying that, On the other hand I have not run the new 252 but I have the XMT set up, a 1987 MM200 and approximately 1996 Miller Vintage 250 amp machine.
    I just find that most of those stand alone MIG's just never seem to have enough power for my hot hand....... Now I have never run a 350P.

    Guess I'm just pushing them too much....

    Railmen
    2007 Trailblazer 302G
    2004 Invision 354MP
    1999 60 series feeder
    2005 Maxstar 200DX
    2007 CST280
    1999 HF 251-1
    older Hobart hefty wire feeder
    Hyperthrem 600
    Maxstar 150S(such a cute welder)
    had and sold........
    2003 XMT 304CC/CV
    1947 Lincoln SA200G short hood
    1963 Lincoln SA200G
    1975 Lincoln SA200G(best machine ever had )
    1970's Lincoln SAE400G
    2 Maxstar's 200DX's
    1 Maxstar 200SD
    CST 280
    2 CST 250
    MM130


    Railmen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Railmen View Post
    I just find that most of those stand alone MIG's just never seem to have enough power for my hot hand....... Now I have never run a 350P.

    Guess I'm just pushing them too much....

    Railmen
    If you get a chance...

    Try the MM350P....

    Bet it makes you smile....
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    I'm gonna put my .02˘ worth in. I replaced my MM 252 with XMT 350 and S74dx feeder. It is leaps and bounds ahead. The 252 is a toy compared to the XMT.
    Syncrowave 350lx
    XMT 350 CC/CV
    S74DX Feeder
    30a spoolgun
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    Other doodads and a stoker coal stove

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    Apparently I don't weld on big stuff like a lot of you, The largest stuff that I ever get are excavator booms, sticks, and the buckets, sometimes we do some loader buckets also.

    So its very rare for me to weld anything more than about 1-1/4" other than the shanks that hold the teeth.

    My little 250 amp migs like the 252 do a great job on that.

    If any of you find the MM200s or the 250s not being big enough try using lincolns dual shield 71 Elite with .045 wire and 75/25 gas, It will give you additional heat over the hard wire alone.

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    Thanks for all the input. I ended up getting the 252 and a Syncrowave 210. As I posted, just a hobby welder and it seemed that it would've snowballed into more $ as I would've had to buy tig/stick items, then I might as well get a cooler, therefore a better tig torch and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concreteguy View Post
    Thanks for all the input. I ended up getting the 252 and a Syncrowave 210. As I posted, just a hobby welder and it seemed that it would've snowballed into more $ as I would've had to buy tig/stick items, then I might as well get a cooler, therefore a better tig torch and so on.
    Concreteguy,
    I have a MM 252 and I LOVE it. I am sure you will have no regrets. The only thing I did was put a Bernard gun on it. Good luck.
    Nick

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    Thanks, I'll most likely upgrade the gun

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    I have a MM252 it is one sweet machine! It makes me look good! The pellet mill we often work at has its identical twin. When Dale Earnhart Jr was hired as a forklift driver it soon needed a new gun. Purchasing agents bought the cheapest gun they could get. While it gathers dust cause it barely works and then causes more frustration than a computer, everyone finds other ways to fasten. There is a fabricator there today welding 1/4" plate butt welds, hundreds of feet of them using a Bobcat and boxes and boxes of 7018. I asked why he didn't use the 252? He said it's a piece of junk, keeps cutting out. Big mystery, I think someone up for a project could buy it cheap!

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