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Old 07-06-2011, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Millermatic 185: Whats it worth?

I am looking at a millermatic 185 for 700 bucks. It doesn't come with a tank or any wire. It looks like it is in really good shape but i don't know how old it is. What is something like this going for? Is 700 a good price? If anyone owns one of these let me know what you think about it. I don't know what to look for in a used welder, any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I hear Grainger sells a Boyd Coddington Memorial edition for $395
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I couldn't find the one on Grainger you are talking about, they all seemed like normal prices to me. Do you have a link? Does anyone know what price one of these in good condition is going for?
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I couldn't find the one on Grainger you are talking about, they all seemed like normal prices to me. Do you have a link? Does anyone know what price one of these in good condition is going for?
He was being a sarcastic bastard.... It doesnt exist.

If you are around ga. I could sell you a Millermatic 175 for $400.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I can't help with your welder but I just bought a Miller 211 with only 4 hours on it, no tank for only $600. New it's about $1,100 so I thought that was pretty good. There are deals to be had out there. If you want to know what yours is worth, I'd check Ebay- yea I know stuff goes high but with a welder there's going to be alot of freight cost so it won't go that high and they will have a couple selling I would guess so you should be able to get some idea of what it should be.
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He was being a sarcastic bastard.... It doesnt exist.

If you are around ga. I could sell you a Millermatic 175 for $400.
I'm in Southern Utah or i would take you up on that.

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I can't help with your welder but I just bought a Miller 211 with only 4 hours on it, no tank for only $600. New it's about $1,100 so I thought that was pretty good. There are deals to be had out there. If you want to know what yours is worth, I'd check Ebay- yea I know stuff goes high but with a welder there's going to be alot of freight cost so it won't go that high and they will have a couple selling I would guess so you should be able to get some idea of what it should be.
Thanks for the advice. I just went and looked at a 211 at a welding supply company and they look like a sweet machine, i'll have to keep my eyes open for some good deals i guess.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The millermatic 185 was made back in the late 90's IIRC. It is a heavy duty machine (READ LARGE) with a higher duty cycle than the 211. I think the price was about 1700. If in good shape, 700 seens like a good deal!

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You can get the serial number from the seller and plug it in on millerwelds.com and it will tell you what year it was made.
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The millermatic 185 was made back in the late 90's IIRC. It is a heavy duty machine (READ LARGE) with a higher duty cycle than the 211. I think the price was about 1700. If in good shape, 700 seens like a good deal!
It is in super good shape. But would i be money ahead to buy a 211 brand new? I mean those are 1100 so only 400 more than an old used one, and they come with millers 3yr warranty. So i keep thinking i just need to buy a new 211 but I might have to shop around some more.



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You can get the serial number from the seller and plug it in on millerwelds.com and it will tell you what year it was made.
Alright cool thanks. I'll have to do that.
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http://store.cyberweld.com/migwelders.html

You'll thank me later. got my 252 from here.

for 700 bucks i'd get that hobart 190... But i'd prefer the 211 on a 30 amp 220v outlet.
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I personally would go with the used Millermatic 185. It is a MUCH heavier duty machine than the previous ones mentioned. It is a full sized machine, not a compact...
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http://store.cyberweld.com/migwelders.html

You'll thank me later. got my 252 from here.

for 700 bucks i'd get that hobart 190... But i'd prefer the 211 on a 30 amp 220v outlet.
Thanks for the link. How do you like your 252?


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I personally would go with the used Millermatic 185. It is a MUCH heavier duty machine than the previous ones mentioned. It is a full sized machine, not a compact...
Is there any benifit to a full size machine compared to a compact? The 211 is pretty much a DVI from what i understand but the 211 is compact and the DVI is a full sized machine. I'm still shopping around but that 185 is still for sale if i want to snag it.. i just need to decide.
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I have the 185. It's a very nice unit and has never let me down in the ~12 years I've owned it.

Having said that, I'm no longer a fan of the larger rolling unites. For my needs and space, they are too big.
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I bought my millermatic 175 here on pirate 6 years ago for $550. It was like new. Had the small bottle, gas gage and line for running hard wire, cart, automatic hood, bunch of wire etc. I love mine and still believe I got a smokin deal!!
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The millermatic 185 was made back in the late 90's IIRC. It is a heavy duty machine (READ LARGE) with a higher duty cycle than the 211. I think the price was about 1700. If in good shape, 700 seens like a good deal!
The 185 had a 150A @ 60% duty cycle and had a max output of 185A so basically the Miller 180's peak amperage with a Miller 212's duty cycle. With the current Miller Golden Ticket offers a new 211 will be a ~$950 proposition which to me makes a 10+ year old bare 185 for $700 a tough sell in my mind.
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The millermatic 185 was made back in the late 90's IIRC. It is a heavy duty machine (READ LARGE) with a higher duty cycle than the 211. I think the price was about 1700. If in good shape, 700 seens like a good deal!
Yep... the 185 isn't made anymore and you're also correct that even though the 211 produces higher amperage; it can't do it for the extended duty cycle. In short, I've been ultra happy with my Miller 185. I paid about $1200 for it in 1998, with a bottle, regulator, and wire.
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I have the 185. It's a very nice unit and has never let me down in the ~12 years I've owned it.

Having said that, I'm no longer a fan of the larger rolling unites. For my needs and space, they are too big.
I'm on short space too so i think the smaller compact 211 would be the best for me.

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I bought my millermatic 175 here on pirate 6 years ago for $550. It was like new. Had the small bottle, gas gage and line for running hard wire, cart, automatic hood, bunch of wire etc. I love mine and still believe I got a smokin deal!!
I need to find a deal like that.

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The 185 had a 150A @ 60% duty cycle and had a max output of 185A so basically the Miller 180's peak amperage with a Miller 212's duty cycle. With the current Miller Golden Ticket offers a new 211 will be a ~$950 proposition which to me makes a 10+ year old bare 185 for $700 a tough sell in my mind.
Thats what i've been thinking too. For just a little more i could have a new machine with just about the same specs as an older model.

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Yep... the 185 isn't made anymore and you're also correct that even though the 211 produces higher amperage; it can't do it for the extended duty cycle. In short, I've been ultra happy with my Miller 185. I paid about $1200 for it in 1998, with a bottle, regulator, and wire.
Would you pay 700 for the 185 today? Or with just a bare, no bottle, no wire, machine would you say 700 is a little steep? Anything on the 185 that is a weak point or anything you've had to replace besides the consumables?
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