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    Default Mig - stick - tig multi unit?

    Hello,
    Another question:
    Looking at maybe a multi function mig- stick- tig and would like to know how fast to change between?
    Is a multi voltage unit worth it with up to 3/8" ?
    What of the extra functions like burn back, other, are these user friendly?
    AC or DC tig best?
    Spool gun for mig aluminum or tig for such?

    Thanks for your sharing,
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    Default Re: Mig - stick - tig multi unit?

    Simple as switching the ground and hot lead on most units. Some are set up so you can have the spoolgun hooked up all the time and the lower cost ones you need to pull the mig gun and put in the spool gun. All in all none take more than a minute or 2. Extra features are easy to figure out too. All are DC Tig. If you want AC Tig for Aluminum, Buy an AC/DC unit. They are too getting very affordable. Good Luck !

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    Default Re: Mig - stick - tig multi unit?

    With my multi function machine it is a matter of how fast you can spin the dial. As yomax4 says I have to plug in cables for the spool gun or wire feeder. But this takes no time at all.
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    AC is only going to be used for aluminum or magnesium welding. It's not a question which is best, but rather which is appropriate to do the job. I find customers are either going to be about 90% aluminum, or hardly ever aluminum...The hardly ever aluminum guys usually can get by with a spool gun on mig when they do run into it.
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    Default Re: Mig - stick - tig multi unit?

    I plan on some medium aluminum projects,,,,maybe the spool gun but mostly steel.
    How good do spool guns work? I have never used one but when I do my aluminum, I would like to do up to 3/16 to 3/8 structural for a small boat?

    I have a Lincoln 251 and a stick welder now but was thinking of having a dual voltage option and spool gun ready for convenience. I could get a spool gun for my mig but I am not sure i want to do too much changing over.

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    Default Re: Mig - stick - tig multi unit?

    Quote Originally Posted by yarg View Post
    How good do spool guns work? I have never used one but when I do my aluminum, I would like to do up to 3/16 to 3/8 structural for a small boat?
    When I first got my V350-Pro this is what I did on some 16-GA, and 3/8-inch aluminum.
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    Lincoln V350-Pro w/pulse.
    Lincoln LF-72 wire feeder.
    Lincoln SG Spool gun.

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    1937 IdealArc-300.
    Everlast PowerArc 200.
    Everlast PowerArc 300.
    5 Lincoln SA-200s.
    1800 Ellis saw.
    Hypertherm Powermax 1250, CNC table.
    PROFAX Welding Positioner.
    JD2 model 3.

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    Default Re: Mig - stick - tig multi unit?

    What is a v350?

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    Default Re: Mig - stick - tig multi unit?

    Today I bought and hooked up a TIG outfit on my Fabricator 181i. Very quick and easy, the hardest part is switching out the flowmeter. Did my first TIG welds in twenty years, actually quite easy in comparison to scratch starting off a Miller SRH 333 eons ago.

    If this is the machine you are thinking of, I have nothing but good to say about it for a non-professional. It wouldn't last in a fab shop, but that is no fault of the machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by yarg View Post
    What is a v350?
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    Miller Dynasty 300.
    Lincoln V350-Pro w/pulse.
    Lincoln LF-72 wire feeder.
    Lincoln SG Spool gun.

    Lincoln LN-25.
    1937 IdealArc-300.
    Everlast PowerArc 200.
    Everlast PowerArc 300.
    5 Lincoln SA-200s.
    1800 Ellis saw.
    Hypertherm Powermax 1250, CNC table.
    PROFAX Welding Positioner.
    JD2 model 3.

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    Wow, I feel like somebody who brought a knife to a gun fight

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