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Old 01-05-2018, 11:26 AM
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I have a friend and co-worker who is based in the UK, he is looking to
purchase a MIG welder in the foreseeable future. He has a tool addiction
problem as many of us do.

I am not super up on what is available in the UK/EU for machines. I
was thinking something along the lines of a Millermatic 212. He has the
power to run that machine at his house. He like the idea of being able
to run aluminum as well.

What do you have to input.
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:34 PM
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If he's thinking of spending miller kind of money then it's worth exploring, but I think they'd be relatively more expensive over here than there.

Apart from the main american brands one that seems to be doing very well in recent years is Jasic. Chinese company I believe (as opposed to just made in china) but seem to be very well regarded. I've a friend who broke his maxstar a year or two ago (like smashed it on a building site accident broke it) and has been using their 200A digital tig since and loves it. 5 year warranty I think.

Their MIG250 is probably in the ballpark of the miller.

In terms of UK firms you have three really. Tecarc, Parweld and Rtech. All are doing varying degrees of rebadging chinese or italian machines/components but with local support. Tecarc are supposed to be the best of those, they promise 10 year parts availability and claim that they are modifying/upgrading certain components in imported kit.

SIP would be the biggest italian name on the market, but I wouldnt be a huge fan (I own two of their machines).

His first port of call should be www.mig-welding.co.uk for local advice, but they will probably try and talk him down from that level of spend, Miller would be very much viewed as pro grade kit over here.
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This looks interesting, does not have the duty cycle of the MM 212,
but might get him a nice machine. Reliability would be my only
question but it says made in the EU.

Cannot tell if you can put a spoolgun on it for Aluminum.

http://www.weldequip.com/swp-mig220.htm
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Can't you just ship him one from here ?
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Can't you just ship him one from here ?
LOLOLOLOL... can I, sure I can, but I don't think AB wants to mortgage his house to cover the cost...

I am checking with Miller to see if they have a distributor in the UK, that would be a better way to go. They have 230V single phase handy so power
shouldn't be an issue. But I have to check on the 50 v. 60 Hz thing.
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There are Thermal Arc Fabricators on ebay UK. United Welding Supplies is one seller.
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Shade,

The only useful first hand experience I can give is that we used to use a 350amp Kemppi mig day in day out where I used to work. It was a very robust machine.

Sealey machines are the sort of semi pro machines that you often see in small vehicle body shops. I don't think they are the sort of machine that would run a spool gun.

I have seen the Rtec machines around quite a lot and my lws now stocks them. I can have a look at them if one might be of interest.

The only British machines that I am
aware of are Parweld. They are based here and have manufacturing plants here and yup, you guessed it. ...... China! Make what you will of that.

My own mig is an unbranded machine from an eBay supplier.
It's a 200amp, transformer based unit. Pretty robust, low tech and probably not got the level of quality you are looking for.


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Esab has been very good to me of late.

Esab UK

http://www.esab.co.uk/gb/en/index.cfm
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