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View Poll Results: Best machine for pipe fab and heavy equipment repair?
Miller pipe pro 400 2 28.57%
Lincoln electric cross country 300 1 14.29%
Lincoln electric vantage 400 3 42.86%
Lincoln electric classic 300 mp 1 14.29%
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:16 PM
bp626indamix bp626indamix is offline
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In the market for a new machine

Pipe pro 400, vantage 400, cross country 300 or classic 300mp? Please dont say an sa 200. Ok, like the title says. Im looking for a new machine. And i have narrowed it down to those 4 machines. I do have a couple of questions in regards to them though. I run the occasional dual shield wire and was told the higher the ocv, the better. Now ill be honest with you guys, im leaning towards the classic 300mp. 90 max ocv-highest out of all 4. But only 3000 watts of generator power. No single phase or 3 phase power. Which all of the other machines do have. I dont plan on running a plasma cutter or anything else like that. Should i be concerned about the wattage? Is max ocv the be-all-end-all? Or am i missing something?
Pipe pro 400 =85 max ocv
Vantage 400 =60 max ocv (same as a ranger 305g)
Cross country 300 =60 max ocv
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Old 12-31-2017, 05:14 PM
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Re: In the market for a new machine

Vantage is the machine you want.....Rest are basically pipe waldin' machines only.....
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:01 PM
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Re: In the market for a new machine

If your looking for something that runs multi process well I'd go with the vantage.

Another thing to consider which you mentioned heavy equipment repair you may want to consider the air vantage over just the vantage. Mainly for repairs requiring a carbon or air arc definitely comes in and handy.

Gota air vantage 500 myself and it definitely gets the job done
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:58 PM
BorgmanWeldingWorks BorgmanWeldingWorks is offline
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Re: In the market for a new machine

My Vantage 400 is a year old with about 575 hours. So far so good. I bought the Tru-Remote wireless remote with some upgrades. I can start/stop, change amperage and control the arc force on the fly from hundreds of feet away. I had to change how I run my roots to adjust to it but now its all good. Our house flooded last year and I had power problems for months afterward and that machine powered the house while doing laundry (240v dryer) with no problem. Also, the Vantage 400 is rated at 450 amp 100% duty cycle.
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:36 AM
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Re: In the market for a new machine

Well in my humble opinion I would go with the Vantage . I've regretted selling my 300 and often thought of buying it back . I've owned 2 Cross Country and welded with 2 others and they were all different ! I was going to keep 1 but decided to sell it . (Not a fan) . I'm running a Pipe Pro 400 @ the moment but can't say it's the best either . I would have another Vantage on my Rig for all the reasons listed below . It's a good machine with all the power options and welding capability a guy or Gal would need :-) Happy New Year
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:29 PM
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Re: In the market for a new machine

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Is max ocv the be-all-end-all? Or am i missing something?
Pipe pro 400 =85 max ocv
Vantage 400 =60 max ocv (same as a ranger 305g)
Cross country 300 =60 max ocv
I think we are missing something bp....Possibly the voltage reduction safety feature of the vantage has no effect on the arc characteristics. But I really don't know. It took me forever to figure out the vantage because of a malfunctioning arc control potentiometer or what ever the hell it is lol
It turned out to be a great all around machine.

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