Multiprocess welding units are often considered more desirable than the machines set to carry out any single process like GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, or SMAW. But some of those welders (single process) are built to work wonders in terms of arc stability and performance.
Today, I’ll bring Lincoln 210 MP, the multiprocess model, and Miller 211, the individual unit, into a comparative overview. At this stage, the comparison might be a little unseemly. I would feel the same if not for questions from one of my pals and some acquaintances.
I’m taking a wild guess here by thinking that you might just want to know which one is worth having and for what. Well, my review of these two welders goes here.
Lincoln 210 MP Vs Miller 211: Quick Comparison
As I always love to take a quick look at the details, the following table provides you with all the specifications and numbers you need before delving into the debate.
|Features and Specs||Lincoln 210 MP||Miller 211|
|Input Power||120 V, 230 V||120 V, 240 V|
|Input Current @ Rated Output||20 A||24.3, 16.6|
|Current Range (Output)||30 A -140 A||30 A – 130 A (120 V), 30 A – 230 A (240 V)|
|Output, Duty cycle, Voltage||100A, 40%, 19.0 V (120 V)
200A, 25%, 24 V (230 V)
|115 A, 20%, 19.8 VDC (120 V)
150 A, 40%, 21.5 VDC (240 V)
|Maximum OCV||56 V||54 V|
|Wirefeed Speed||50 – 500 ipm @ zero load||60 – 600 ipm|
|Overload Protection System||Thermal||Thermal|
|Process||GMAW (MIG), GTAW (DC TIG), FCAW (Flux-Core), SMAW (DC Stick)||GMAW (MIG) and FCAW (Flux-Core)|
|Materials||Aluminum, Steel||Aluminum, Steel|
|Thickness||12 gauge to 24 gauge, 1/8 inch, 3/16 inch, 1/4 inch, 5/16 inch, and 3/8 inch||24 gauge to 3/16 inch (Steel) and 18 gauge to 1/8 inch (Aluminum) (120 V);
24 gauge to 3/8 inch (Steel) and 18 gauge to 3/8 inch (Aluminum) (240 V)
|Ideal for||Maintenance, Fabrication, Repair, Farm, Industrial Work (Light)||Maintenance, Fabrication, Repair, Farm, Industrial Work (Light)|
|Dimensions & Weight||(356 x 273 x 483 mm), 40 lbs.||(318 X 286 X 521 mm); 38 lbs. (Only Unit) and 42 lbs. (Including the Gun)|
|Warranty Coverage||3 Years||3 Years|
Now, I’ll give you a detailed account of each welder, starting with Lincoln 210 MP. I only hope to make these reviews as useful as you want.
Lincoln 210 MP Review
As you know we’ve been talking about some multipurpose welding machines, this 210 MP welder has the power and features with required accessories to serve you well enough, except for heavy-duty industrial applications.
Unlike the Power MIG 210 MP #K3963-1, a pretty similar package, this one includes the Aluminum One Pak – K4195-1, making it ideal for projects that use aluminum. It means you can use the Magnum PRO 100SG Spool Gun (K3269-1) without actually buying a spool gun that is built to prevent birdnesting and improve the wirefeeding process.
Build, Ease of Use, and Safety
Reduced power consumption and weight due to the use of inverter technology make the unit a compact one, and definitely more efficient than units using SCRs or ‘silicon controlled rectifiers’ to control and regulate the voltage and power.
An extruded carry handle, made of aluminum, allows the operator to move it with ease across different corners of the workplace. The entire case has an IP21S rating which is indicative of the case’s overall safety from damages due to liquid ingress, a common problem in most welding workshops.
The push-and-turn control components make the entire panel not only accessible but also beginner-friendly, sporting a 3.5-Inch LCD to let you get an unobstructed view of all parameters plus the process that is ongoing. The replaceable shield on that screen provides protection against dust/dirt.
The full set of accessories reminds any conscious customer of Lincoln’s longstanding commitment toward the community of metal fabrication and welding.
Inside the original package are a stinger along with a standard cable, work clamp, MIG gun, spools, cable, contact tips, spindle adapters, and gas regulator and hose. Don’t forget to take a look at the storage compartment which is small but spacious enough to keep tips, drive rolls, and similar items.
Now, I’ll mention a few features associated with the unit’s usability. To start with, I can emphasize ‘Hot Start’ which allows you to initiate an arc as you want to start stick welding. The arc force, as well as inductance, is adjustable, so you can fine tune an arc as your stick or MIG welding project requires.
Should you adjust the initial speed of the wirefeeding process before contacting your workpiece, Lincoln 210 MP lets you do it from half to full.
Oh, there is another smart feature, ‘Spot Timer’ in this case. You can use it while aiming for precise and clean tack/spot welds. It works in other modes like GMAW or FCAW. That is not all. Keep reading!
Using cast aluminum, the wire drive leaves no doubt about its durability. The replaceable drive roll works best when chosen in accordance with the wire properties (diameter). With the wire drive at work, you can adjust its tension easily.
Included with the spindle is a wing nut that can be used to adjust the wire tension properly. The spindle accepts a standard spool (4-/8-inch).
While working, you’ll have to configure the wire drive system to positive/negative polarity which can be done with a polarity lead that is designed to make things easier. Just rotate the specific connector clockwise, so it remains tightly locked.
The resettable thermal breaker automatically opens as the flowing current through that circuit breaker gets over 25 A. Once that happens, you need to do a manual reset.
The machine includes a state-of-the-art overload protection system to keep the ‘wire drive motor’ protected. In any case, the motor becomes overloaded; the designated circuitry shuts down the system. You can easily locate and pull the trigger to get started with the work.
This unit just like the whole bunch of others in the market requires the appropriate sizes of the line, tip, and drive rolls. Get rid of any obstruction or bend that might be lying inside the gun cable. After all, you don’t want to risk having an improper ‘wire feeding’ process.
Power and Performance
As per the codes introduced by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Lincoln provides two cords including one for 120 V and another for 240 V receptacles where the former can be used for regular welding tasks and the latter is good for more demanding applications.
Rated duty cycle that this unit can operate at is 40% at 100A on 120 V. But the cycle can go down considerably to 25% on 230 V at 200 A.
If you need a solid reason to see why I’m even discussing the facts about this machine, I think the material support comes relevant. Aluminum and steel having thicknesses in the ranges from 12 to 24 gauges can be handled properly. Other metals having thicknesses like 5/16, 3/16, or 1/8 inch can also be used.
I think you don’t need to understand why this unit is not for industrial business. But as long as the needs of a farm worker, hobbyist, or DIY expert, or even a fabrication shop in your mind, you won’t be disappointed. I can tell you this much.
It is all about Lincoln’s standard 3-year limited warranty that is applicable to parts and can be void in instances like improper installations, careless or incorrect handling, or operational procedures being adopted.
Miller 211 Review: MIG Welder With Advanced Auto-Set
You might want to ask me why I’m even comparing a multiprocess welding machine to another that is not capable of delivering the same benefits. Miller 211 may not look like a multiprocess unit, not by the label.
But it is no less efficient as a machine when it comes to processes like MIG (GMAW) and Flux Cored (FCAW). Let’s explore the details to understand more about the unit, so you can know for what it’s worth.
Build, Ease of Use, and Safety
Assuming that you don’t need further information about inverter technology, I’ll talk about the cooling system which is actually based on a fan that operates only when it is necessary. Come with this fan are a few benefits such as reduced noise, efficient use of energy, and reduced likelihood of contaminants getting pulled through your welding machine.
I know you would appreciate getting a smooth start and not much spatter just like anybody who knows about welding. This 38-pound unit may not be an all-in-one solution to your problems, but the arc start and stability won’t disappoint you.
A typical welding unit has a switch to allow the operator to swap between the MIG and spool gun system, but not with this one, thanks to the ‘Auto Spool Gun Detect’ feature that can automatically detect as a spool or MIG gun is connected.
If none of the above features makes you feel assured of the usability of this model, the ‘Auto-Set’ mode surely will. There is a specific knob to let you work the required wire diameter and combination of shielding gas.
To get the Auto-Set mode into action, just turn the wire control clockwise and select the diameter (0.024/0.030/0.035 inch) of stainless steel, aluminum, and flux-cored wires. An indicator confirms the activation. The pre-set controls also feature the selection of material thickness. See? This mode is all about the operator’s convenience.
Are you confident of being able to weld using different parameters? I mean it is perfectly alright if you want to think beyond the Auto-Set options. You have the manual mode that lets you set custom parameters.
Look inside the unit’s access door to discover a parameter chart! It is just a guide to help you with the voltage selection and settings of the wirefeed speed. On the control areas are some white areas which are meant for this mode. You can use the wire selection knob to initiate and optimize an arc.
The angled drive system is built with cast aluminum, and the tension knob is properly calibrated, so the setup becomes easy and the feeding process stays consistent. The drive roll with its separate grooves accepts both solid and flux-cored wire.
The overload protection system in this unit shuts down it automatically on either of these two occasions — exceeded duty cycle or blocked airflow. You don’t need to guess anything because an indicator light gets activated as the thermal system starts functioning. No manual action is required because the system resets itself with the unit being cooled.
Power and Performance
Miller 211 works on both 120 V with 24.3 A and 240 V with 16.6 A of single-phase input power. Rated output delivered by it is 115 A on 120 V at 19.8 VDC providing a duty cycle of 20%. On 240 V, it delivers 150 A of output power at 21.5 VDC with a duty cycle of 40%.
I know this is not much, but it certainly suffices those who don’t need to exert themselves on demanding applications. I think this unit may give a slightly better edge over Lincoln 210 MP when the output power matters.
The dual voltage options allow you to weld steel and aluminum in a variety of thicknesses. Using 120 V, you can handle steel having 24 gauge to 3/16 inch in thickness and aluminum having 18 gauge to 1/8 inch in thickness.
Looking for more? There is another voltage option, 240 V which lets you tackle projects involving steel (24 gauge to 3/8 inch) and aluminum (18 gauge to 3/8 inch).
Although the manufacturer has specified where this welding machine can be used for best results (weld), you can think of any welding requirement pertinent to a home or hobbyist’s project, light fabrication work, or auto body repair and maintenance jobs.
Ever heard of ‘True Blue Warranty?’ It is actually a 3-year coverage, in case it is the first of Miller’s welders you’ve been looking at. If you ask me, warranty is one of those things where both brands stand equal.
None of what I’ve explained so far makes sense for you without a straightforward answer. Here I’m passing you some quick insights.
Price, being a great concern always makes a good point of argument which, in my opinion, doesn’t make a difference here because the prices of both units are pretty close.
However, that still makes Lincoln 210 MP a versatile unit because it is a multiprocess machine whereas Miller 211 offers a high standard in terms of performance on a MIG or FCAW project.
Speaking of materials, I would choose Lincoln’s model when aluminum is the priority. Else, Miller’s welder is a fairly decent unit to have.
I believe I’ve already told as much as I could. Feel free to ask more questions if you have any. I’ll be happy to answer.