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Old 02-02-2005, 08:27 AM
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Just for info

Miller welding has a great forum for welding questions..maybe welding stuff could be directed over there..

Any way went through this last year with my nephew..who is a heavy diesel mechanic.. and we got him a Miller Trailblazer with a spool gun since he gets into aluminum on cimmercial fish boats..

That rig has been working out great for what he does..Might get a suitcase in his stocking next xmas if he continues to be good..

I have one of the little Lincoln MIG wire feeders for my "tinkering" here at home..works great..have had it so long I have forgotten just when I did get that thing..used it a lot in industrial maintence when I knew I woudl need To weld up something small..could toss it in the van and take it.

I woudl not hesitate to reccommend the little guy for tiknering so to speak at home tho it woudl be nice To have the one step bigger the 220 model at times..

Guess this is enough Hi-jacking this thread..

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Old 02-02-2005, 08:43 AM
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We had nothing but problems with the LN25. It ran too hot and the voltage was inconsistant. I may be incorrect on the "ranger" part as they are supposed to turn down to 14V which is suitable for light MIG. It may have been the 300Amp Reddi-arc machine with the LN25. (I personally cant recall as I'm stuck at a desk...) In any case the Miller #22A feeder is designed for most heavy duty cycle machines. It is simply a lower cost alternative to the LN25 or Miller 8 or 12RC as I figured the cash flow on business start up is limited. This of course is also as long as it not for outdoor use. (hence my comment on "weather-proof")
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I have been welding since 1968 and own my own welding shop now and can you believe that I don't even own a small home type welder I keep telling myself that I need to get one for body work and the like but I use the ranger 8 setup with the Harris Twenty Gauge type wire even for that.(NOT recommended)! I will get off my duff and get a good body shop type welder before I tackle my next project.
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Welding stuff

Gearhead,

Not to say it might not "work" to mix and match brands of welding gear for some things but I have had much better results with using the miller with miller and lincoln with lincoln accesories..

dunno just what the deal is but then it does seem to work better that way..That is why when I got the unit for my nephew I made him order the Miller accessories for it even tho they were a bit more spendy that way..

That does not apply to things like ground clamps, leads stingers and things like that..

Frankly I spent a lot of time wasting time and money with baling wire and bubble gum equipment and all it did was waste time and money over getting the good tool in the first place..

Not being mad or anything just sometimes ya don't save anything..

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Since the LN25 gets it's welding current from the welding machine driving it one needs to look to the welder itself if it runs too hot. as far as problems with the LN25 I guess anything can happen but here in the mining area there are dozens of these things and everyone has nothing but good to say about them. This is not just brand loyalty on my part as I see these machines run every day in some of the worst conditions you can imagine welding in and they perform like a champ. We run .030 wire for light stuff and 1/16" wire for heavy welding on dozer blades and the like and metal from body panels with the small wire to 14" thick dragline bucket parts with the larger wire. Mud,rain,snow and dust these things see it all and they hang right in there, they have to since we make a living with them and we have to have something we can depend on.
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I certainly think that there could be something said for keeping brand name equipment as set pairs so to speak.We rented both the feeder and welder from United Rentals as our machine is an old Lincoln 200amp gas driven welder (circa 1967) It is not a CV machine, so the wire feeder would not work. I fear that the rental guys paired up two incompatable pieces of equipment. They swore up and down that the Reddi-arc 300A machines would run the LN25 no problems. We begged to differ. Needless to say we rented equipment from Jobsite from then on in.
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Gear-- that could certainly explain problems with the LN25 since it is connected only by the welding leads and relies on welding current for both driving the feed motor and welding power. paired with a Ranger 8 it is as good a MIG as one could hope for. Honest to gosh I use my Ranger set up and .030 Twenty Gauge(brand) wire to weld auto body panels. I know a good shop MIG would be better for that but my point is that it is that versatile. We of course use bigger welding machines and heavier MIG leads for the heavy stuff.
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Red: I hear good things about the twenty guage wire...what are your thoughts?
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GEAR-I have bragged about this wire so much here that I am almost afraid people will think I am selling the stuff (I'm not). It is the best MIG wire I have ever used for light sheet such as body panels. I could be wrong but I really believe it will soon all but replace solid wire in body shops.
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@20 gauge

Good stuff..makes welding panels a lot easier..

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