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    Help me decide which TIG welder

    I have been looking at picking up my own welder and could use some advice on which one. The two welders I am looking at is either the Miller Maxstar 150 STH or the Miller Maxstar 200DX. First off I will be using the welder to build a couple steel frames a year. Will the Maxstar 150 be good enough or am I going to miss the additional features and amps of the 200DX? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Do a search. This has been discussed a billion times.

    For bikes, you don't need to worry about max amperage. 75 amps is plenty.

    If you like to do non-bike welding projects, more power/features (I'd look for something that can do AC and pulse) can be fun. On the other hand, you might not use those features and be better off with a cheap MIG for when you want to stick a bumper back together.

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    Are you using 115v or 230? Duty cycles and max amperage vary widely depending on input power.
    Any other uses for it in the future? You can't make a smaller welder do a bigger job but the opposite does apply in this case.
    I picked up a 185 amp and with the crummy duty cycle and lack of true output amperage it restricted the jobs I could take. It would have been nice to do some extra side work to pay for all my shop gear.
    I learned my lesson and am between welders now.

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    Welding ever aluminum ? Then need TIG which does also AC and enough amps.

    Mine is Wallius Wameta 2000, works for both.

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    You might find the first 5 min of this video helpful:
    TIG Welding basics part 3

    All of his videos are very helpful and he does a great job of explaining what he is doing and why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscardog View Post
    You might find the first 5 min of this video helpful:
    TIG Welding basics part 3

    All of his videos are very helpful and he does a great job of explaining what he is doing and why.
    Jody, the guy in the video, was my welding instructor for years. He's also a metallurgical. He has a unique ability to explain stuff where it is understood easily. Cool to see him on this site. His word is the gospel of welding

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    Miller 211

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    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Best bang for your buck in bike building .
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    This guy just got an Everlast, More tig welder questions - EVERLAST??
    If you can get a Syncrowave you'll be happy, and I've been totatly happy with my Dynasty 200DX. I have used many of those extra features of the DX and for sure when I'm building tables and jigs, have cranked it up to 200A. A welder is a big purchase so do as much as you can so you don't have to sell and buy the one you wanted from the beginning. I sold 2 welders before the Dx
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    My wife used to use a Lincoln 355 with water cooled torch. Big money, big power requirement. (100 amp 240v). But she could weld everything from thin wall AL tubing to dump truck axles.

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    Syncrowave, close thread.

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    I have a syncrowave 300 with a cooler I have run for years and it is great, a bit overkill for just welding frames but Iam welder and use it to earn a living. I have a few other smaller welders that are fine but I picked up an everlast 2000dx about six months age and for the price you can't beat it. The guy that owns the company really stands behind this stuff to. Its worth a look , I love mine.

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