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Lincoln or Miller welder?? #9060588 06/11/24 08:38 PM
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OK here the deal, been looking at the Millermatic 215 and the Lincoln 215 MPi welders.
Both have 3 year warranty
Both units have micro processor's
LCD displays
Some type of smart weld technology
Lincoln is $3-400 cheaper and $400.00 rebate from Lincoln.
Lincoln's mig gun is beefier
Both do mig, stick, tig
Both have dual power 110 and 220
With my Ag Card no tax and free shipping
Duty cycle in 220v is close on both
I like the Lincoln menus with the bigger screens

So after rebate the Lincoln is $1500.00 out the door.

I'm leaning towards Lincoln what does the THF brain trust think.

Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9060608 06/11/24 09:04 PM
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I have a little lincoln 140 flux core that I was using this morning, owned it for over 15 yrs. with zero problems. I did replace the gun/trigger etc. 2 yrs. ago.

both brands are good but I am a lincoln fan, saw a lot of both on construction jobs though.


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Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9060636 06/11/24 09:31 PM
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I prefer miller for wire machines. The Lincoln 260’s that I had seemed to never run very consistently compared to the miller 252’s we have.

If you’re not going to be using it a ton of hours you’ll probably be fine with either one though

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For MIG I prefer Miller over Lincoln. We have some of each, the other contender is ESAB. I prefer the ESAB for general use, but the Miller when you get in Spray.

Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9060811 06/12/24 02:45 AM
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Millers definitely a better welder and easier to use in my opinion. I’d be looking for a good used 252, FB Marketplace has had some pretty solid deals on them lately.

Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9060914 06/12/24 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by angus1956
OK here the deal, been looking at the Millermatic 215 and the Lincoln 215 MPi welders.
Both have 3 year warranty
Both units have micro processor's
LCD displays
Some type of smart weld technology
Lincoln is $3-400 cheaper and $400.00 rebate from Lincoln.
Lincoln's mig gun is beefier
Both do mig, stick, tig
Both have dual power 110 and 220
With my Ag Card no tax and free shipping
Duty cycle in 220v is close on both
I like the Lincoln menus with the bigger screens

So after rebate the Lincoln is $1500.00 out the door.

I'm leaning towards Lincoln what does the THF brain trust think.


I have the multimatic 215, honestly I would toss in ESAB into the mix and get which ever you can get best deal on.

All three are real close. With that said I’m 99.9 % stick weld


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Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9060972 06/12/24 02:25 PM
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Millers for mig. Lincolns for engine driven stick.

Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9060977 06/12/24 02:32 PM
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I've been running Miller welders since 1996. I currently have a 2004 model Millermatic 215, a 2005 Miller Bobcat, a 1994 Miller Synchrowave 350 TIG/ Arc, and a 2005 Miller Spectrum plasma cutter. All of them still work perfect. All of them have been used almost on a weekly basis, and some on a daily basis. So, all I have is blue paint.

But, I've never talked any trash about Lincoln machines. I've got friends that use them, and they have not had any trouble out of them.

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Flip a coin, either brand is good equipment.


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Both are good.

With exception of a Stick Welder.....all of my welding equipment is Miller and has served me well for years.


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Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9061321 06/13/24 01:14 PM
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What's your budget? I have a two Lincoln engine driven welders and I really only need one. I could sell either a Lincoln Ranger 330 MPX (digital screen, like new condition), around 60 hours on the machine or a Lincoln Ranger 225 (low hours at 125).

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Budget would be around $2500.00, but I can get the Lincoln 215 Mpi with rebate, no tax and free shipping for $1500.00. Would be used for shop projects, farm equipment repair, etc.

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Originally Posted by angus1956
Budget would be around $2500.00, but I can get the Lincoln 215 Mpi with rebate, no tax and free shipping for $1500.00. Would be used for shop projects, farm equipment repair, etc.


For that kind of money, that's probably your best bet. I believe I paid a little over $3,000 for my Millermatic 220 and that was 4+ years ago.

I've never had any issues with the Lincoln machines, but I use them for stick welding or as generator to run a little $300 flux core welder. Also I'm not a professional welder that uses them hard everyday. They only get used when needed for farm projects or helping out my brother in law here and there.


When I first bought my place I got quotes on some welding work and realized pretty quickly I would go broke paying welders to do everything I wanted so I bought the Millermatic and taught myself to stick and mig weld in my garage.

Then bought the 330MPX for field work. After building a barn and lots of fence and gate braces the welders paid for themselves in just a couple of years.

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Miller or Hobart built where Miller is. I have welded most of my adult life with a Miller. Bought a Hobart when I built my shop as it was a little cheaper and can't tell the difference in how they run.

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Well I typically rely on my JB Weld when doing big, tough, skilled projects laugh bolt

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Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9069607 06/30/24 12:19 AM
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Ok I got the Lincoln 215 MPi. Got it all hooked up last night and ran some beads this morning when it was cool. This thing can do MIG, Stick, TIG, Aluminum and Stainless. For TIG, Stainless and Aluminum you'll need to buy some accessories.
It has a user program called Ready-Set-Weld where you select welding type, metal thickness etc. The wire feed speed and voltage is set for you. You can tweak any setting if the preset is off a little. Pretty goof proof.
The biggest shock was when I bought the gas bottle, I got the big one and it was $702.00 scared. Can't MIG welder without it. Bottle will support 8 hours of continuous welding so I'm good for a long time.

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Congrats buddy, now you can burn some metal up

Re: Lincoln or Miller welder?? [Re: angus1956] #9069745 06/30/24 12:39 PM
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Sweet. I have the same cart under a Miller 215. When your front swivel wheels get bad, there are some solid steel wheels that you can replace them with the same bolt pattern. They make it a whole lot easier to roll around. Hope it does everything you require, now show us some completed projects. up

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First project will be burglar bars for Man Cave windows. I might be cutting the angle iron for the frames today.

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