There are a lot of reasons why people choose to buy a MIG welder over a TIG, a few of the reasons which we’ll outline in this short post. Additionally, you can scroll down in order to see all the various MIG welders we have for sale on this site.
The speed of the welds that you’re able to accomplish with this specific type of machine is perhaps the biggest reason for its popularity, although by far the only reason. GMAW, or MIG welding is a technique using a continuously fed wire to create versatile welds, useful for a range of different types of metals. This process also has the advantage of being able to be operated either semi or fully automatic without the potential for entrapped slag made possible from other types of welding processes.
Another advantage? A gas shield will limit the amount of alloy elements, and welds can be cleaned very fast afterwards. Equipped with the necessary supplies, you’ll be able to do quality work in a timely manner, with very few downsides to this technique.
What to look for
While there are many reasons to buy a MIG welder, there are also reasons not to, including things you should be looking for when you’re making the jump. For instance, if you’re doing a lot of jobs that require portability, you may be better off looking in this section instead.
- Make sure to check out what type of wire the welder is compatible with.
Some of the options on the market are limited to the use of flux core. Are you fine with that limitation? Great – otherwise you may want to keep looking.
2. The duty cycle
If you are planning on using the machine extensively and for longer periods of time, it’s important to note the duty cycle of the machine you’re getting, the same way you would if you were buying a plasma cutter.
If you don’t have a 220 volt outlet, and that is the welder you end up purchasing, you need to know that you will have to have one installed in order to be able to use the welder. To avoid that, some people choose to go with the 110 volt option instead.
While those aren’t all the things you will need to look for, they’re a good place to start at the very least.
While there are many different manufacturers, some of the most prominent and popular ones include Everlast, Miller Welds, Lincoln, and more.
Some of the specific models include HTP Pro Pulse 200, Miller Millermatic 140, Millermatic 211, Eastwood MIG 175, Vulcan Omnipro 220 and more.
Miller Millermatic 211 907614 Auto Set
With this beautiful machine that not only provides a lot of power but also at an affordable price tag, you’re sure to get a MIG welder that won’t disappoint.
It’s a great single-phase option that auto-sets 110/220 volt with excellent value. If you had the previous model, the Millermatic 211 907614 with auto set may just be the natural upgrade for you, why we have it for sale here on the site at a very affordable rate.
Five different wire and gas combinations allows this machine to present you with unmatched functionality while still being very portable at just 38 lbs, being good at those jobs that require you move around a lot, which can be hugely beneficial no matter if you’re buying a welder or a plasma cutter. Being not only lighter than the previous model, this model is also 3 inches less tall.
Miller has also stepped up their game when it comes to the fan by providing its Fan-on-Demand technology. By limiting the use of the fan to when it is actually needed, you’re using less electricity and less debris gets into the machine unintended.
Are you still relatively new to welding, then you will find the auto-set function extremely useful where you won’t even know how to set the proper parameters. Initiating the process is as easy as simply choosing what diameter wire you’re using and the material and its thickness – you’re now ready to go!
Does your situation require manual settings, like when you’re welding aluminum, mild steel or stainless steel? The machine is also able to accommodate that.
Its smooth starts will let you weld with almost no spatter, thereby saving you a bunch of time you would otherwise have spent cleaning up your weld.
It also has a feature whereby it shuts down if the tip is shorted, thereby extending the tip life and allowing your machine to last you longer.
No matter if you’re looking for a DIY or hobby welder, using aluminum or mild steel for your creations, this Millermatic 211 is a great choice to consider.