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Old 11-27-2019, 07:19 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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Old 12-01-2019, 08:07 PM
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We have a Maxstar 210 at work, also a Maxstar 161. Both are decent. We have had some issues with the 210 not doing consistent lift arc starts. Other than that, solid machine. I still prefer the discontinued Maxstar 150 to the "upgraded" 161 version though the digital readout is nice to have.

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Old 12-02-2019, 07:41 AM
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Yes another inverter dies..condolences to you..I got close to 25yrs from my old Miller XMT300,always in the shop environment and taken care of well..replaced it with a used XMT350 only to have that die within 2 years. The internal power IGBT transistors were obsoleted and only fix was a $1500 board and new IGBTs..so I went back to a CP transformer CV power supply..It welds every day.
Might get another Miller inverter for road jobs,they do have excellent tech support on the phone.
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Old 12-02-2019, 09:51 AM
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I have a Maxstar 161S, a great machine, but it’s 120/240 vac single phase, not always useable in certain boiler rooms. I need a 3 phase machine capable of 208-240/480 vac, the Maxstar 200 STR (stick machine), is the smallest, lightest and low amp draw welder that fits my criteria.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:57 AM
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I was going to suggest these:
https://arconweld.com/Why-Arcon/Welding-Improvements

But they are larger and heavier, and only offer D.C. output.
As well as not offering "any voltage" capability.
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Old 12-03-2019, 04:49 PM
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I was going to suggest these:
https://arconweld.com/Why-Arcon/Welding-Improvements

But they are larger and heavier, and only offer D.C. output.
As well as not offering "any voltage" capability.
Looks like a Powcon....
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:47 PM
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Looks like a Powcon....
Somebody redesigning a Model T.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:48 PM
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Trust me, I don’t leave home without at least a six-pack.............
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Old 12-04-2019, 07:34 AM
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Looks like a Powcon....
It is....after they sold to Miller, they started again as Arcon.

Miller went with IGBT's and Arcon stayed with SCR's.

As they are larger/heavier, but supposed better reliability.

I don't know about Powcon/Arcon, but the miller's reliability is poor.

Local shop buys (5) to keep (4) running.

Pipeliner friend bought one (in a portable with an engine) and several times
it let him down, went to a Lincoln chopper portable.

And the attached linky explains how Arcon has addressed some Powcon shortcomings, to make them more reliable. But I think even the old Powcon's
are more reliable than the Miller IGBT models.


But I'll bet with all your travels, you've got some feedback on them that you could relate to us.

I would like some feedback, as I am recommending that local company try the Arcon's instead of another pallet load of Miller's for once.
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