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Millermatic 35

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by 73 cj5, Apr 15, 2019 at 11:46 PM.

  1. Apr 15, 2019 at 11:46 PM
    73 cj5

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    Anyone have one of these or used one? I'd like a mig and the seller is asking $300.

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  2. Apr 15, 2019 at 11:55 PM
    ITLKSEZ

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    Can you try before you buy? It's old, but $300 sounds low/fair if it's functional and complete.
     
  3. Apr 16, 2019 at 12:53 AM
    73 cj5

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    I’m going to look tomorrow and if it works I’m bringing it home. Now I wonder if it will fit in the zuk...
     
  4. Apr 16, 2019 at 2:16 AM
    Bowbender

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    I have A little Miller Mig machine, I think the model is 135, it has worked flawlessly for me all the years I've had it. Sporadic, "hobby" use. I also have a Miller Thunderbolt If/ when I need more fire than the little Mig will put out.
     
  5. Apr 16, 2019 at 3:35 AM
    Dave Deyton

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    This is a great littler welder for sheet metal, welding in patch panels. Got an old 130, the version before this and it is bullet proof. Will weld up to 1/8 steel. The 135 gives you 5 more amps with a max capacity of 3/16".
    I've used mine for 20 plus years, and replaced the liner in the gun and ran some extra wires zip tied to the outside of the cable since the wires internally broke.
    I use mine all the time for welding in patch panels and making small stuff around the shop.
    Easy to use and have proven to be very reliable.
    Dave
     
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  6. Apr 16, 2019 at 10:27 AM
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    I've got a larger version of that basic machine. I think they are great welders. That one is missing the outer gas cone on the gun. Its a consumable item, so no big deal, but without wire and that cone, your not going to be trial welding before you buy.
    That could be a good buy if everything works.
    -Donny
     
  7. Apr 16, 2019 at 5:46 PM
    73 cj5

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    Proud owner of a Millermatic 35. If I saw right, the gun said tweco on it. I'll double check that though.
    The po had some wire and a cone but removed them after I bought it:shrug:
    So it and a roll of extension cord made the ride home. Yep, who needs a truck? :lol:

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  8. Apr 16, 2019 at 5:57 PM
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    Was that cord included? That's a pretty penny on its own!
    Nice score.
     
  9. Apr 16, 2019 at 6:01 PM
    73 cj5

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    Yea all for $300. He wouldn't separate them and didn't want to negotiate so I figured it was a pretty good deal.
     
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    did you try it . before you bought it
    I didn't see wire or bottle for test
     
  12. Apr 16, 2019 at 6:18 PM
    73 cj5

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    Yes, the po removed them after I bought it. He unplugged the dryer and ran the extension cord outside where we were to do the welding. Everything seemed fine. Sounded like bacon in the pan...
     
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  13. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:21 PM
    73 cj5

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    The gun says tweco magnum 250L. According to the SN it’s from 1983. I’m going to call my local welding supply and see about renting a bottle.
     
  14. Apr 16, 2019 at 8:11 PM
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    You'll want to get 75/25 gas mixture (argon/carbon dioxide) for welding steel. It sometimes is called C25 or Stargon depending on the supplier. Pure CO2 will work, but spatters much more, though you need straight CO2 ( or 98% mix) for stainless. Harbor Freight sells Hobart branded wire, and a 20% coupon gets it for a reasonable price. Make sure you get ER70, the most common for steel. I generally use .030 or .035 diameter for most of my welding. You need to match both feed rollers and gun tip to the wire size.
    -Donny
     
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  15. Apr 16, 2019 at 9:47 PM
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    That's my machine. I bought it new for $1250 from a Miller dealer. Best MIG welder investment ever. Made more money with it and it's paid for itself. Never had a problem with it. Make me look like a great welder...

    I use Co2 as the gas from an aluminum Co2 tank. Mine looks almost new...

    Take a better picture of the front. Does it have plugs or a dial...
     
  16. Apr 16, 2019 at 11:42 PM
    73 cj5

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    Plugs and a dial for wire speed
     
  17. Apr 16, 2019 at 11:54 PM
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    Mine has the spot/stitch panel which I ordered for it...

    I'll take a picture of it...
     
  18. Apr 17, 2019 at 12:02 AM
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    The plugs tap it to the transformer at different spots. My sweet spot is #4. I use #6 for heavy thick welding. #2 I use for thin stuff, body work. Very versatile machine...

    I also have the smaller 120V, Miller 135 MIG, but I like my 35 better...

    I think you got a great deal. I wouldn't part with mine for less than I paid for it. I do have a spool gun for it too...
     
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  19. Apr 17, 2019 at 12:05 AM
    73 cj5

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    Here you go. Just got back from the race track. The guy I bought the welder from showed up and sat one seat down from me :susp:

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  20. Apr 17, 2019 at 12:15 AM
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    That might be older then mine or yours has been modified. Mine has panel mounted plugs. Everything else looks about the same. The blank out panel is where the stop/stitch panel goes...
     

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