This topic contains 3 replies and was last updated by andy-stoecklin 8 years 4 months ago
December 23rd, 2012 10:43pm
I am looking for a new welder/generator for my service truck. I am currently using a Miller Blue star 185. Miller and Lincoln welders are seen most often on service trucks around here. I was looking at a Lincold Ranger 225, a Miller Wildcat 200 or a Bobcat 225. Does anyone have experience with these welders? Tell me about the positive and negative points of these welders. I use the generator probably more often than the welder. I do general farm and construction equipment repair work with the welder, using 6010 or 7018 welding rods. 2.5mm and 3.25mm rods used most often.

Thanks for your help

January 4th, 2013 7:53pm
I currently run a Miller Trailblazer 302. Only because I have a need to TIG weld Aluminum on some dump bodies, other wise I would still have a Bobcat. It's been a great machine. But, at only 350 max amps, I have to use smaller carbon arc rods to remove material.
January 6th, 2013 7:14am
Hey Mike,

I run a miller 302 trailblazer with airpack, I really have no complaints to date with it. It can run any 120v that I have come across to date. I do find the suitcase works great for it as well. The 24v jumpstart/charge is nice as well for when you need a little more power then the truck can put out. All in all a great little package!
March 15th, 2013 11:41pm
We have a lincoln ranger 225 at work and it is great for a small machine.I usually use 3/32,1/8,5/32 7018 DC welding rods.I use it for everything and have a power cord so I can use our 180 lincoln mig machine as needed.The only downside is when you have to use the generator you have to put the fine tuning on max. This can be a bit of a pain if you want to weld and forget to turn it back - whoops to much heat.I still prefer them to Miller machines.

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