Which type of welder is the most reliable?

  1. johnyev Member

    Edit apologies
    “Mig welder”

    I suppose by definition, if something is working fine then you are less likely to shout about it on a forum than if it’s not.
    However it still begs the question, which 230V machine company makes the most dependable bits of kit?
    Perhaps we could split into

    Sub£300
    Around £500
    Around £1000

    Thanks
    J
     
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  2. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    a pickhill oilcooled
     
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  3. oilcooled :)

    oilcooled :) Pipe Welder, Mechanical engineer

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    Oil cooled pickhill oxford Olympic Cytrigan.

    inverter fronius Lorch Lincoln thermal arc Kemppi stel

    Cea oxford ine be some of the better migs
     
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  4. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    Miller... mine is 20 years old, occasional use and fires up perfectly every time

    Most of the big names will git the same bill I guess
     
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  5. minimutly Member

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    A dry one..
     
  6. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    I think he said mig....
     
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  7. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Something transformer based, not inverter.....
     
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  8. Spark plug

    Spark plug Member

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    If your talking specifically about reliability then because they are much simpler and contain less components a transformer based machine would be preferable to an inverter machine.
     
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  9. minimutly Member

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    I meant dry as in not damp, but take your point.
     
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  10. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Hobby use or day to day

    what capacity
     
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  11. minimutly Member

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    Agree, though I've heard a Lorch for example welds beautifully, I 'm not sure the extra electronics are worth the risk once you're out of warranty. My 150A murex had had nemerous new rectifiers, but has allways been repairable.
     
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  12. Spark plug

    Spark plug Member

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    I’ve never had the opportunity to use an inverter mig but I’m sure they will be much more refined.
     
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  13. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Not that much difference in my opinion.

    Sorry I'm referring to Arc welders.
     
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  14. johnyev Member

    200 amp
    Hobby use
     
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    zzr1200 Working at 650 ft on open steel work

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  18. johnyev Member

    Hi thanks for the link,
    160 amp is possible enough for me but I sometimes do some welding for brother in law for the farm. Could perhaps setup with mig and finish with stick I know, but I was thinking more around the 200 amp mark.
     
  19. Adam Marshall Member

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    I have an inverter machine (migatronic flex 400) which has been a total pig to me the past 2 months but worked fine for 4 years of near daily use. I currently have a jasic 350 on hire and I love it. I know they are Chinese and all that but it does weld really nice for what i need it for. I have also bought a kemppi ra450 which is an old transformer machine but this welds nice like an inverter machine and it is bullet proof, just need a forklift to move the thing. Jasic do a 200 amp portable mig which I hired to use at home for a project over lockdown and that is a decent machine also. About £1000 if you don't get the synergic version.
     
  20. Rrobson

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    What about an Oxford / tec arc? Various outputs and prices, transformer machine, supposed to be pretty reliable and still made in the Uk
     
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