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Old 08-02-2011, 10:11 AM
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Does anyone have a Miller 180 mig welder or has used one? What is your opinions?

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Old 08-02-2011, 10:18 AM
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I have the Miller and it is a fine machine..runs a nice arc and with small wire I can make it look almost like tig..The auto set feature takes a bit of getting used to but once i did I never looked back..

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Hey, thanks for the quick reply. I am not a mig welder, but was told this is an easy machine to learn. Plus, when you buy it from my local welding supply, they give an 8 hour class on it.
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Definite that the class and being able to ask questions would be worth any premium that you may pay..

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Miller, Lincoln, Hobart.......all very good machines, I just bought the Hobart 187 that was on sale at Tractor Supply for $549 which was an unbelievable deal for a "Quality" 220v mig unit. They are back up to $675 now, the Miller autoset is nice but most guys I talked to said its really not needed...but to each his own. Take a look at www.weldingtipsandtricks.com for lots of info.
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Boy. Am I glad I found this site, as I have been getting a lot of input, both on equipment and my project car. At first, I thought this site may be for only "Detroit" cars, but a lot of folks have made some nice comments about my project.
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Definite that the class and being able to ask questions would be worth any premium that you may pay..

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That's what I thought Sam. Guess that an old dog like me can still be taught something new. The class comes free with the purchase of the welder.
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In my opinion miller is one of the best, if not the best welders you can buy. I do not have much experience with the 180 but work has a 140 and it is a sweet little machine. I have always found that the autoset will get you in the ballpark but there is always a little play when I start welding. This may be different for the 180's. The classes on top of that, you can't beat it.
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MILLER MAGIC CAKE:

Blend one part crazy and untrained hobbyist...



With a dash of hammer...



Plus a heaping spoonful of Miller 175...



Add wheels...



Some "icing"...



And garnish with the topping of your choice...




(In other words, the Miller is a great mig for the home builder...as is the Hobart or Lincoln of comparable size.)
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MILLER MAGIC CAKE:

Blend one part crazy and untrained hobbyist...



With a dash of hammer...



Plus a heaping spoonful of Miller 175...



Add wheels...



Some "icing"...



And garnish with the topping of your choice...




(In other words, the Miller is a great mig for the home builder...as is the Hobart or Lincoln of comparable size.)

Nice ride. What size whhels and tires are you running?
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I have the miller 211 and its awesome.
The 180 will be just as good.

If it comes with 8 hours of class you can't go wrong
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While I don't have the 180, I do have the Millermatic 175 and I am very satisfied with it. Along with being a newer model with a few updates, one of the big plusses of the 180 is that you will be able to add a spoolgun setup for welding aluminum at much less cost than if you had the 175.

I looked into converting my 175 over to aluminum welding, and with the cost of the spoolgun and converter box, it was as much as another machine. My local dealer wanted over $700 for all of the accessories to convert the 175 over.

With the 180, I understand that all of the electronics are built in, and the only costs you will incur is the price of the spoolgun itself and a bottle of pure Argon if you need it.

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I have the miller 211 and its awesome.
The 180 will be just as good.

If it comes with 8 hours of class you can't go wrong

Yep. It comes with 8 hours of class (they even supply lunch) with a class size of 4 maximum.

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Nice ride. What size wheels and tires are you running?
Rears - 275/60 15"
Fronts - 215/70 15" (had to go large on the front for ride height)
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Rears - 275/60 15"
Fronts - 215/70 15" (had to go large on the front for ride height)
What size/brand wheels? What is the offset? What part is Wisconsin are you located in? I'd like to see your car if possible.
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