MiniarcMIG 200 how low does it go

  1. rookie123 New Member

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    Hi,

    Looking at buying one of these for diy use including car panel restoration welding.

    What is the thinnest material thickness the machine will allow and can you weld that with 0.8 mm wire in auto mode?

    Thanks in advance .
     
  2. Munkul

    Munkul Member

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    I know it's a sweeping statement, but I don't think it matters too much - it's a high quality machine, it states 20amps minimum current, and realistically even on 1mm steel you'll be working around 50 amps. Just buy it :thumbup:
     
  3. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    My machine is an older Minarc 180 and with the .8 wire it's designed for I have welded old Lambretta panels which are like tissue paper compared to some of the cars I've welded.
     
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  4. rookie123 New Member

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    The material thickness what range can you adjust from 0 up to 10mm ?
     
  5. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    10mm would be a lot for a 200 amp machine, 6mm would be about most you would expect to do but if you are welding cars you will not come across this very often.
     
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  6. arther dailey

    arther dailey Member

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    I use a 180, several on here have the 200, would expect you to weld .8 easily ,with the option of using .6 wire if you fancy , upwards to as said 5/6mm. excellent tool thats for sure.
     
  7. Mike B Member

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    Max thickness is 4mm on the auto mode. Cracking welder, excellent quality and easy to use for an amateur like me!
     
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  8. rookie123 New Member

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    What is the minimum on auto mode?
     
  9. Mike B Member

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    Don’t know, not used it on thin stuff for a while and I’m away from it for a few days. Will check when I’m back
     
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  10. Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    If you just turn it as far as you can in an anti-clockwise direction, it goes as thin as you'd need, but I don't actually remember what the auto-settings would say at that point.

    Just as he says, it goes right down to "very thin" metal!

    He's right, too!

    On the 200 version, I think the auto-settings go up to 5mm.

    Same here - if it was a bit handier, I'd be able to go and find out the max & in on the auto-settings.
    If I get back to mine before Mike B does, I'll post up the high & low settings.

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
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  11. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Pretty sure it's 0.5mm (I can confirm in the morning)....the Figaro I restored was 0.7mm thick in most places and it coped well enough with that using the stop-start technique.
     
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  12. wyn

    wyn Member

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    My 180 says 0.5mm when it's turned right down.
     
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  13. rookie123 New Member

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    Thanks for the replies , my EVO200 is arriving Tuesday.
     
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  14. rookie123 New Member

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    :clapping:
     
  15. stichill99 Member

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    Make sure and document the resto on here! We all love a good resto:laughing:
     
  16. F.J.

    F.J. Member

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    I find mine welds hotter than the actual thickness states. I was welding a stainless exhaust on my Mosa just yesterday and had it on 0.5mm. I then welded some 8mm channel and had the setting at max which is 5mm. I put plenty of prep in the steel and ran two passes and it did the job just fine
     
  17. rookie123 New Member

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    I have this a few months now and it is really very user friendly makes my welding look way better than I expected . The machine is well worth its price tag.
     
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  18. Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    Just like he said:-

    He wasn't lying - they are quite good!

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
  19. tom2207 Member

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    at all ,,,, lol
     
  20. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I've had mine over 8 years and it's been very good.

    You'll know it was the right choice when you take it out the box. Made my old migmate look like a kid's GCSE project in comparison.

    Even the inside is nice...if apple made a mig this is what it would look like I reckon.
     
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