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    I have finally decided to break down and purchase a new welder. My shop unit is a Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC that my Grandad purchased new in 1982, and I have two engine drives: a Miller AEAD-200LE that was built in 1979 and a Lincoln SA-200 that I bought at an auction. They are all great welders, but I have saved up enough to update a little. What is the best shop welder, I build farm equipment (post drivers, gates, truck accessories, etc.)? I am looking at the Trailblazer 302 for my new engine drive, what are your opinions of this unit? I am also considering purchasing a new Millermatic 251. Any help is appreciated.

    Bryce
    BB Farm Supply

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    I can't help with the trailblazer opinion, because I have a Bobcat, but I've never heard of anyone complaining about the 251. I only bought the 210. Nothing wrong with it, but I really wish I had spent a little more and gotten the 251. Guess I need to get busy and wear it out so I can upgrade. SSS

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    How does the Bobcat do? If I could get by with it at the supply company and on the girlfriends dads farm, I'd save a little money and buy one. I just dont want to buy one and then wish i had more power later on down the line.

    Bryce
    BB Farm Supply

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    Keep in mind, I'm not a full time field welder. Most of my work is in the shop. Although I've put up fence, some metal buildings, and repaired several pieces of construction/farm equipment on site. As a general purpose, entry level welder/generator, it's all I need. I'm sure some of the other guys will have more real-world opinions/comparisons of the two. From what I've picked up it really depends on what kind of work you are going to be doing with it. I know the oil field would laugh you out the gate if you showed up with a Bobcat. SSS

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    I have used both the Bobcat and the Trailblazer, for the difference in price, buy the Trailblazer, arc seems to be steadier?
    I have a local place here that has free shipping and a good price, email me if you want the address and I can tell you what I paid for mine.

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    hey man
    by all means i an not promoting hobart in any way but i picked up a hobart 10 k welder generator after hurricane katrina for a really good price with the onan engine. I started to weld here on the coast with it then i was deployed to iraq for 6 months and forgot to un hook the battery and the day i got back i started it up and it fired right off. that thing went threw so bad times ant that thing still welds like its brand hew.

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    Thanks for the help guys. I have decided to buy the Trailblazer 302. I dont think im going to get a 251 now, maybe later. I'll let you know how i like it.

    Bryce
    BB Farm Supply

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    the 251 is an exilent welder, you should be verry happy with. give it a try i'm shore you will like it and it has plenty of power to get most jobs done
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

    feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
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