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    Default "New" Trailblazer 302

    Anyone have input on running a miller suitcase wire-feed on a trailblazer 302??? I was gonna buy the bobcat 250 but for another $400.00 bucks I figured it was worth the investment.

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    Don (dda52) runs that setup now. Several others as well.

    I have a TB301G and run a really old Miller remote-controlled feeder from it. I am very glad to have that capability, and would never buy a Bobcat for a welding business. It's a great generator that makes a decent welding machine. But the TB is a GREAT welding machine, designed for the pros.

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    I have a Trailblazer with the RC12. The Trailblazer does a really good job with a feeder. Its nice having the amps available for wire feed and still be light weight and portable. I have the MM175 and its heavy and does not always have the amps I need. AS for the TB with the RC12 I am very happy with it.

    Miller Trailblazer 302
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    Miller HF 251D-1
    Miller 175 wire feed

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    Hi i have the TB and the 12RC and it is great very reliable just make sure you get the control extention cord with it maybe you supplier will throw it in if he realy wants to make the sale.
    garthswelding@aol.com trail blazer 301g with all the fixins:delta band saw dewalt chop saw craftsman drill press, sp-135 mm251 spectrum 375 suite case mig, tig w/hi freq. one welding truck.

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    thanks for the input guys, just waiting to get my machine now

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    Yup, the 12RC is the way to go. I have also run my 8VS and Super S-32P off of the TB. They both welded much nicer with the TB than they ever thought about with the Bobcat. Never thought a VS feeder could be that smooth. I use my RC when I am 75' or less from the truck. If I am farther away, I use the VS feeders. Seems to work fine so far.
    Don


    '06 Trailblazer 302
    '06 12RC feeder
    Super S-32P feeder

    HH210 & DP3035 spool gun
    Esab Multimaster 260
    Esab Heliarc 252 AC/DC

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    Don, did your Bobus die finally, or are you just supplementing it?

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    Mac, the Bobus still works per se. Runs like a house afire. The weld output is severely reduced. It also isn't steady. You will really notice it when running flux core or dual shield. Can't keep the flux out of the puddle at all. Can you say swiss cheese? Since I got the TB, I haven't had much time to get it in the shop and see what's is going on. I plan on getting the AC side up and going if possible. I'll use it as a backup generator for the folks. If it isn't possible, I'll part it out maybe. The engine has less than 100 hrs on it. May get a chance around the holidays....no work going on then anyway.
    Don


    '06 Trailblazer 302
    '06 12RC feeder
    Super S-32P feeder

    HH210 & DP3035 spool gun
    Esab Multimaster 260
    Esab Heliarc 252 AC/DC

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    I've heard that the RC gives a much better arc and is way better for running small diameter wires (.030FC or .023solid). Any truth to this? I've got a Trailblazer 302 and think a feeder would be a good investment for the amount of fences I'm building. The question is that I'd really like to get out 100-150' off the truck so I'm not having to move the truck all the time, but I also do work with light sheet metal often, so I need something that handles low voltage and small wire. How much better is that RC vs the VS? Any thoughts?

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    Another option, Bareback Jack, is to just get a MM140 or a HH140 and run it off a #12 extension cord from the aux. power. That would be better than a VS feeder for that work, IMO.

    A Millermatic Passport would be better yet, with an internal bottle for shielding gas.

    Yes, not as bulletproof a set-up as a dedicated feeder, but it'll also put all the controls right there with no remotes necessary.

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