Shackleton Posted October 7, 2007 Share Posted October 7, 2007 Whoohoo, finally gonna take the plunge and get a welder after wanting one for years. Pretty much decided on Kemppi (yes I know there's cheaper etc etc but they get good reviews, seem to be well thought of and there's a a decent distributor here - a rare thing methinks) So anyway I was ready to fork out on what they call MiniarcMig 180 which is a 10kg - yes 10kg! - portable unit with a 3yr parts & labour warranty. But then my option was their more conventional 1701 Mig which is only a fraction more expensive but huge by comparison and about 50kg. There's very little in the machines abilities although the 1701 is a 170 and the duty cycle is a fraction less. I know the weight doesn't really matter but I'm short on space and my mum (who's an artiste) would be well into trying some sculpting with it so the small unit would suit her. I'll only be doing the odd bit of work, and mainly on cars, the machine won't be stressed. BUT THEN, I basically read their full brochure and talked to a few people and browsed the net and am I to understand that if you're good at TIG welding then you'll create really beautiful welds? Cause Kemppi do a TIG/MMA version of the lightweight unit and it's supposed to be great too... So basically does anyone see any good reason why I shouldn't go for the lightweight unit. Should I go MIG or TIG/MMA. And as an afterthought I was going for the 180 MIG because the 150 isn't listed as doing aluminium although the distributor tells me he knows more then one guy successfully using a 150 for alu. Says it's a case of Kemppi underselling the machine to ensure it operates to the duty cycle they say it will etc etc. As far as a welding machine is concerned is Birmabright just aluminium? Sorry for the ramble, but it seems a decent machine here is gonna cost me a grand... wanna get it right George Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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