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Old 10-14-2009, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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looking for feedback on the lincoln ranger gxt 225 welder.

How do u like it? Im thinking of buying one for farm and ranch welding and i havent been able to find many reviews for this welder.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I talked with the dealer and a good bit of professional welders at work before I got my new welder and they said the lincoln was ok as long as you got the kohler engine and sell it before it goes out of warrentee. Out of the 10 I talked to 9 of them said to go with a miller welder it is what I see on about 90% of the service trucks around here. I had a ranger welder 8 and it was ok but the idle control transformer went out after just 200 hours. The ranger 250 we have at work has just over 400 hours and has been in the shop 4 times almost all of the componets in the welding system have been replaced. The miller trail blazer at work has 700 hours and has had just regular maintaince. I have just over 5 hours on my bobcat 250 so I can't really say much for personal longievty but for the 5 hours I have used it it works great.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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id look for an old lincoln sa-200 with the 4cyl continental engine
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Lincoln's warranty people are terrible. And trust me, you'll have to deal with them alot. Millers cost alittle more, but its well worth it.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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First off are you talking brand new???

If so you have to look at which brand has the best local support.

Is this unit going to be more of a welder or stand by generator ??

The thing about the older engine drives they just don`t have all the much aux power .

I myself like the Miller welders but it is a personal thing . I have had good luck with Lincolns in the past.
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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yes it will be brand new and its main role will be a welder for pipe corrals and farm equipment.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Then it comes down to your local support .

I will say if at all possible keep this unit inside out of the weather the dampness will cause major issues. this is made worse by long periods of not being used.

When you have a engine drive that is used every day it dries out . we have a customer that uses a engine drive to power the augers for his grain bins so just about every time they need to use it something else is wrong.

Good luck Happy welding.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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miller or hobart,we always had problems with the lincoln,and it had a koehler engine.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That depends...
- What's your budget?
- Is size/weight an issue?
- Will unit be truck or trailer mounted?
- How many Kw aux power do you need?
- Do you want it to serve double duty as a backup generator for house/barn?
- Do you plan on mostly stick welding or mostly using a suitcase feeder? (CC or CC/CV output)
- What make does your local welding supply primarily deal in and who has the closest warranty repair authorized dealer? (red or blue?)
- Need 3 phase aux power? (win goes to Miller for that one)
- Is noise level an issue?
- Will it see severe conditions/weather? (Red-D-Arc gets the win for severe duty)
- How long will it sit between periods of use? (propane vs gas)
- Do you have a 40+HP tractor with a PTO? (PTO genny + inverter welder instead of engine drive welder?)
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