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Old 11-26-2019, 08:17 PM
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At 9:45 am, this morning the every trusty Miller Maxstar 200 died a sudden death, during a weld job in Montpellier, VT, I had to finish the job with the 200’s little brother the Miller Maxstar 161S. The death was unexpected and very untimely.

The hunt for its replacement has now started, so far the leader seems to be the Miller Maxstar 210STR. I haves Miller CST 280, but in most cases the needed inlet current is too high, the Lincoln Invertec V-275S is bigger, heavy and has a even higher amp load.

So it appears the GNAP’s Christmas present to himself this year is going to be a new welder, oh joy!!
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Old 11-26-2019, 09:34 PM
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You have my condolences.
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Old 11-26-2019, 09:35 PM
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That stinks. Miller and Lincoln are not supposed to die.


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Old 11-27-2019, 02:39 AM
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Once upon a time a good mainstream brand welder could last 30 years, but present time we are lucky if some of them last 30 months.

I know we are benefiting from the technology but sometimes wonder about the cost of technology. Is it a loss of longevity?

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Old 11-27-2019, 07:07 AM
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Once upon a time a good mainstream brand welder could last 30 years, but present time we are lucky if some of them last 30 months.



I know we are benefiting from the technology but sometimes wonder about the cost of technology. Is it a loss of longevity?



Ozwelder.


The very reason I am reluctant to buy a newer inverter type welder, no matter how much I want one. Using it maybe once a month on average, the life span will probably be as short as using it daily, and nowhere as long as the old welders that I have now, some older than I am.

I want the option to be able to do welding and machining in my home shop, but don’t want to have to do it every night in order to have side jobs that pay for the equipment.


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Old 11-27-2019, 08:15 AM
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Darn platy, thats not good news! Most likely would cost more to repair it than replace it.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:21 AM
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Just what is the protocol here ?
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:49 AM
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I seem to recall, in the snarling and growling proceeding the Vermont job, that Platy said he was going to make them pay.
I heard the words milling machine, etc, but now a welder stole the show.
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I seem to recall, in the snarling and growling proceeding the Vermont job, that Platy said he was going to make them pay.

I heard the words milling machine, etc, but now a welder stole the show.


Somehow I doubt it will ‘just’ be a welder!


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Old 11-27-2019, 05:56 PM
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The cooling fan blade shattered and blew the shrapnel through some critical items, not sure if any are seriously damaged, the shear number of error codes, it threw, scares the GNAP and his checkbook.

As a proactive plan, I have a new Miller Maxstar 210 STR on order, and after the exploratory surgery (autopsy??) and the repair cost are known, the decision to trade in the hulk, toward the new one or fixing the old one, will be made.

My already testy mood has taken a turn for the worst, we have moved to DEFCON 3, and the sights on the current horizon, makes me believe, it will not be going down soon.
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