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Old 03-27-2010, 05:44 PM
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Default First weld with the Millermatic 211

Finally had a chance to test the new welder. Here is the first weld. Ok not the first, but my first after remembering to turn on the shielding gas
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lol...i've forgotten the gas before...kept thinking the stuff i was welding must've been really dirty

isn't it a blast welding with a good welder! the best advice i've ever gotten from christo was never buy a cheap welder because all it does is cause frustration and make you not want to weld...he was 100% correct
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:19 PM
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I'm happy I spent the money I did. Wish I could have spent even more. Right now I'm running it on 115v. Can't wait to get 230 wired into the garage so I can bump up the heat.
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yea ive got a new miller 180 w/ autoset i bought in keywest.. thats a 220v 30a and i cant even use it because i dont even have a garage with 220v right now the welder is in my living room aparntment just staring at me taunting me saying hahahaha..
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Corbet, can you tie into your dryer power? That is what I did and it works great. Just drilled a hole from the wash room into the garage and wired in the garage power.

Another thing you can do is if your 220 is to far or not next to your garage is get an extension cord. I would make your own, that will also come in handy when you do get the garage wired, you'll be able to work on stuff outside or take the welder all the way around your rig.

Just some things to think about. Hope I was able to help you.

Oh your weld looks good. I had the wires inverted on mine, same type of thing as no shielding gas. Switched them and voila much better welds.
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most dryer's are 20amp and most welders are 30 amp so that wont work.. diffrent plugs..
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plugs are easy to switch out
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most dryer's are 20amp and most welders are 30 amp so that wont work.. diffrent plugs..
Not an issue! Since you are making an extension cord anyway simply put a dryer plug on one end and a welder plug on the other.
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Wiring up a 50 amp 220 circuit is very easy, don't cheap out, do it right. 10ga orange romex and a dual pull breaker. You'll be happy you did it right and future code inspectors will appreciate it as well.
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Nice Corbet, very nice.

Taunt me with your fancy welder and 220V why don't ya? Been wanting a welder for years! I ran electricity to our garage a few years ago finally (when the engine died and was going spend time rebuilding, seemed smart) and at least have lights out there. I generously rated it for 15A...
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